No better time for a journalist than today

Joel McNeece

“No better time to be a journalist than today.” Those were the words of Lewis Dvorkin, chief product officer for Forbes Magazine during a presentation at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss last Thursday.

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Lawmakers promising sunshine and lollipops

Joel McNeece

The press releases have been coming fast and furious over the past few weeks, and every one of them is soaked in election year posturing.

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Ellzey, Vardaman and Captain Tom

Joel McNeece

I could have sat in Dr. Joe Young’s dental office on Lakeland Drive in Jackson all day. Not for dental purposes, let me be clear, but to listen to his stories.

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National Portrait Gallery is a must see when visiting D.C.

Joel McNeece

President George W. Bush was incredibly relaxed, Sen. Roger Wicker was out of breath, and Martin’s Tavern was the lunch gem it always is.

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Nashville’s history more intriguing than Big Blue dominated tourney

Joel McNeece

While enjoying watching the Kentucky Wildcats continue their historic run to an undefeated regular season and their 28th SEC Conference Tournament title, it was some other Nashville history that captured my eye this past weekend.

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Two tough losses and lots of lobbyists

Joel McNeece

When Calhoun City Coach Daren Coffey told me his Wildcat basketball team was leaving a day early for the state tournament in Jackson to try to beat the icy weather, I began to think I might need to do the same.

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Sad time for all of Calhoun County

Joel McNeece

“Sorrow makes us all children again — destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Coaches’ supplements, like the teachers’, well short of where they need to be

Joel McNeece

The numbers are startling when you begin to compare. South Delta’s football coach gets a supplement of $21,250. Eupora and East Webster pay their coaches an extra $18,050 on top of their base teaching salary. Okolona’s coach receives $17,750; Taylorsville $13,250; Baldwyn $12,550.

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Too much posturing and not enough qualifying from candidates

Joel McNeece

We have only eight days left of qualifying for the 2015 elections and frankly, I find the lack of candidates at both the local and state levels rather worrisome.

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Thankful for the many who have ink in their blood

James Arrington Goff & Joel McNeece

Woodville, Mississippi is one of those places you just don’t pass through. Tucked away in the southwest corner of the state, you have to be going there to get there.

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