Monthly Archives: December 2009

Bold First Steps

In politics, bold proposals are easy. What’s hard are bold first steps to get a move on. Governor Haley Barbour made bold proposals to tackle the State’s two-year budget hole. He is expected to take bold steps where he can. … Continue reading

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Pass the Fried Potato Salad Please

“Mayor Gage, pass the Fried Potato Salad, please.” Penn stopped cramming Deep South Cornbread Dressing down his maw to locate the desired dish. There it was, nestled over by that visiting lawyer from New York, Kyle McElvoy. Something suspicious about … Continue reading

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Change BRWEing for Small Communities

It’s Christmas with all its hustle and bustle, ads and sales! And, beneath it all, the real meaning of Christmas…the birth of Jesus and the hope he brings. From this come many spiritual lessons, but since this column focuses on … Continue reading

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Scary Budget; Timid Reforms

My state employee friend Janet is scared…along with thousands more. She says they “flinch” every time the Governor mentions cuts, consolidation, or merger. Families with relatives in nursing homes or drawing Medicaid, teachers with laid off spouses, furloughed Jackson State … Continue reading

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‘Shared Services’ No Laughing Matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh…and think. The one about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNxCWQkWQ5c) It came … Continue reading

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