I’ll pass on the bread and milk

Joel McNeece

By 10 a.m. Monday morning, the bread and milk aisles at local stores were emptier than a politician’s promises.

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Sec. Hosemann shows he can take the heat; Exciting return to the Iron Horse

Joel McNeece

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann described newspapers as “critical for Mississippi” during one of the few serious moments at his roasting held last week at the Hilton in Jackson which raised more than $26,000 for journalism scholarships.

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Our towns deserve a sales tax option

Joel McNeece

It’s time for the legislature to allow municipalities around Mississippi to utilize the option of a local sales tax to generate funds for infrastructure improvements. In fact, it’s past time and the denial of the option for Mississippi’s cities and towns is completely opposite of the way the same state leaders view Washington.

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An “audacious faith in the future”

Joel McNeece

We are all familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech from August of 1963 as he stood before thousands at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Nike Fuelband is the gift of good health

joel mcneece

I’m not sure what my wife Lisa was trying to tell me with the Christmas gift she gave me, but I had already delivered the message to myself – I need to get in better shape.

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Teacher pay will be the hot topic of 2014 legislative session

joel mcneece

There doesn’t appear to be a lot on the 2014 agenda of the Mississippi Legislature, which opened for business Tuesday, that will really stir the pot due to the Republican Leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn mostly being on the same page when it comes to hot button issues.

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Never know what we will find at end of Journal’s driveway

joel mcneece

The end of the driveway entering The Journal is often like a horrific thrift store where you can find most everything in the world you would never want for yourself.

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Dreaming of a “White Christmas”

joel mcneece

I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas. I’ve haven’t experienced one in my many years. Maybe a few flakes here or there or a light dusting, but nothing snowman worthy.

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Some of the many reasons I love Christmas

joel mcneece

I love sitting by the fire with a warm cup of coffee, listening to Bing Crosby sing as I watch the lights on our Christmas tree twinkle.

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Perfect Christmas tree was hard to find

joel mcneece

I still remember it like it was yesterday – my family loading up and driving deep into the country around Raymond, Miss. to march off into the woods in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

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