Capital distorting megadeal favoritism is killing our state

Wyatt Emmerich 2017

Many Mississippians may remember the recent failed venture to convert pine trees into gasoline. Gas was over $4 a gallon and it seemed like a great idea. After all, pine trees are mainly made of hydrogen and carbon, same as gasoline. All we had to do was rearrange the atoms using existing technology.
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Eaton an example of once dominant force in politics

Wyatt Emmerich 2017

Mississippi is a small state where people are closely connected. I got to know Bo Eaton because my wife Ginny “used to rock me to sleep” as his babysitter in Taylorsville.
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Escaping the Mississippi heat into the cool mountains of Maine

Wyatt Emmerich 2017

In April, I predicted a cool summer because winter had been so warm. Law of averages. Turns out, I was right.
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Haven’t changed my political position, but politicians changed their’s

Wyatt Emmerich 2017
I find it amusing that a few people have commented on my political views, believing I have become less conservative.
Change is good. My mother used to say, “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” But in fact, I have changed little in my views.

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If Mississippi wants to get off the bottom, we can start with clean government

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Mississippi state senator John Polk is one of the good guys helping to improve our state.  As a young boy, he saw the potential in his parents’ retirement project of preparing hickory smoked meats.

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Transparency – not so much

Emmerich

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I see this a lot in government. Take the Mississippi Transparency Act of 2008. This law requires the creation of an online database detailing state expenditures. What a great idea!
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Rebellion created greatest nation the world has ever seen

The Committee of Five: (from left) 
John Adams, Roger Sherman, 
Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson 
and Benjamin Franklin

The Declaration of Independence was written by five men: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. We know a lot about Adams, Jefferson and Franklin. Sherman and Livingston, not so much.
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If we delay maintaining our roads we will eventually all be driving off-road vehicles on dirt roads

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Mississippi voters need to get up to speed on the debate about highway funding. There’s a lot of money on the line.
How much money? TRIP, a national transportation research group, just completed a study claiming deficient roads are costing Mississippians $2.9 billion a year in vehicle repairs, traffic delays and crashes. That’s about $1,500 per vehicle.
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The most Southern place on earth

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In a world changing at an ever-increasing pace, the spring convocation of the Delta Council stands as a monument to the old days.
The Thursday cocktail party on the banks of Deer Creek in Leland is one of my annual favorites. Everybody arrives in colorful cotton sartorial splendor, even though the surrounding fields are now mainly corn. On my bucket list is to show up one year in a pink poplin suit.
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Do police roadblocks work?

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote how the ACLU is suing Madison County over a variety of police tactics, including roadblocks. The suit claims African-Americans are being targeted.
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