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Wyatt Emmerich: Lawsuit exposes harsh reality of mental health care

Posted 3/14/2018 in Local Columns

At the federal courthouse in Jackson, East Mississippi Correctional Facility is defending itself against a lawsuit claiming atrocious conditions for its inmates.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi dodged a bullet: Kemper is over and done

Posted 3/3/2018 in National Columns

It's been a decade, but the Kemper lignite power plant debacle is finally over and done. Mississippi dodged a bazooka.


Wyatt Emmerich: Early intervention gets a great return on the investment

Posted 2/21/2018 in Local Columns

Who wouldn't be happy with a 13.8 percent return on investment? A stockbroker who could do that would have investors beating down his door.


Wyatt Emmerich: Who pays for Kemper? PSC hearings under way

Posted 1/23/2018 in Local Columns

The final hearings for the failed Kemper power plant are under way this week at the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC).


Wyatt Emmerich: Our challenging state of affairs

Posted 1/10/2018 in Local Columns

A lot of Mississippians are happy with our existing state of affairs.


Wyatt Emmerich: Cutting off our nose to spite our face

Posted 1/5/2018 in Local Columns

A New year! 2018. Mississippi is not off to a good start. The Census Department is reporting that our state has lost population three years in a row. The losses are just a few thousand, but it means for the first time in 50 years, Mississippi has stopped growing.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippians suffer consequences of bad decisions, lack of regulation

Posted 12/8/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi Power Company has some of the highest electricity rates in the state, but that's not stopping them from asking for more.


Wyatt Emmerich: Celebrating Mississippi's 200th birthday

Posted 12/4/2017 in Local Columns

On Sunday, Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial. It's been 200 years since the founding of our state.


Wyatt Emmerich: A desperately needed reform

Posted 11/20/2017 in Local Columns

As the deadline for procurement reform looms, local governments and contractors are pushing back. It would be a huge mistake if the Legislature caves.


Wyatt Emmerich: The idiocy of 'clickbait'

Posted 10/28/2017 in Local Columns

A friend of mine recently sent me an email about President Obama's daughter, Malia.


Wyatt Emmerich: Towards safer streets

Posted 10/20/2017 in Local Columns

As fall approaches, the days get shorter with increasing rapidity.


Wyatt Emmerich: A salt-of-the-earth people's politician

Posted 9/11/2017 in Local Columns

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, Miss.


Wyatt Emmerich: To the northeast and back by air

Posted 9/1/2017 in Local Columns

In April, I predicted a cool summer because winter had been so warm. Law of averages. Turns out, I was right.


Wyatt Emmerich: Another Kemper power plant surprise

Posted 8/18/2017 in Local Columns

I thought nothing regarding the Kemper power plant could surprise me anymore, but I was wrong.


Wyatt Emmerich: Reflections after making another lap around the sun

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

Another birthday. Time for my annual rumination about life.


Wyatt Emmerich: Competition for electricity would save state residents money

Posted 8/2/2017 in Local Columns

Forty-six million dollars a year is a lot to save just by flipping a switch.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi better served with less ideology, more practical policy

Posted 7/26/2017 in Local Columns

Of late a few people have commented on my political views, believing I have become less conservative. I find it amusing.


Wyatt Emmerich: Several deserve credit for pushing against Kemper plant

Posted 6/30/2017 in Local Columns

The announcement that Southern Company was throwing in the towel on Kemper's lignite gasification came as no surprise.


Wyatt Emmerich: Rebellion has a long history in America

Posted 6/28/2017 in Local Columns

The Declaration of Independence was written by five men: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.


Wyatt Emmerich: Effort to improve state's roads sucker punched by Koch brothers

Posted 6/26/2017 in National Columns

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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