Home » OPINION » Columns (page 40)

Columns

PHIL HARDWICK: Escape rooms are sweeping the nation

  Kimberly wasn’t so sure she wanted to participate in the so-called Collaborate Problem Solving Activity that was on the agenda at the conference she was attending. “I hear they lock you in a room with other people and the group has to solve some kind of puzzle to get out.” “Oh, don’t worry,” someone said. “It’s a lot of ...

Read More »

JACK WEATHERLY: Encyclopedia of Mississippi: it’s about all of us

Before the Internet, I was notorious at my house for interrupting a family discussion at the dinner table to check something in the encyclopedia. Our kids would groan: “Oh no, not the encyclopedia.” It was an occupational hazard from working for years on news desks. No longer. We’ve got the World Wide Web. But not everything is on the web. ...

Read More »

TODD SMITH: The state of local TV news continues to diminish

Local television news has shed audience over the past decade, including this past year in most timeslots according to a new Pew Research Center study. Even with these viewership losses, local TV news still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs. However, for election news in particular – a big part of last year’s news agenda ...

Read More »

Analysis: Agency trying to clip its own bureaucratic backlog

A Mississippi agency that many people describe as a bureaucratic nightmare is getting a long-needed makeover. The state Board of Cosmetology recently hired a new executive director who is working to clear up a backlog of licensing problems. Technology workers have also finished the agency’s conversion to a new computer system to handle licensing applications for people who earn a ...

Read More »

BILL CRAWFORD: Save us from doofus driven debacles

“Doofus” is an intriguing and timely word. The Oxford Living Dictionary says it likely originated in North America in the 1960s and suggests it is either an alteration of the word “goofus” or from the Scottish word “doof” meaning dolt. The Online Etymology Dictionary says it is “probably related to doo-doo and goofus.” The definitions range from “a foolish or ...

Read More »

BILL CRAWFORD: Do Republicans really care about debt reduction?

So, is reducing the national debt still the priority concern for Republican leaders?   Remember the rhetoric:   “The national debt threatens our way of life; it threatens the value of our national currency; and it threatens our ability to pay for entitlements that millions of Americans depend on,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2009. And that’s why ...

Read More »

Analysis: Faces, usually not parties, change in 4-year term

Some faces may change in the Mississippi Legislature during a four-year term, but parties often don’t. The 52 senators and 122 representatives might want to look at their colleagues on inauguration day. Most will still be at the Capitol at the end of the term. Because of resignations or death, some will not. Legislators are approaching the midpoint of the ...

Read More »

BEN WILLIAMS — The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s regular term ended Friday, June 30, 2017, and the nine lifetime Justices began their summer recesses. A vacant seat and a perceived 4-4 ideological split clouded expectations in October when the court term began.  Six months into the session, Justice Gorsuch joined the bench in a televised swearing-in ceremony conducted by swing-vote Justice Kennedy at the ...

Read More »