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Wyatt Emmerich: Despite pending federal lawsuit, outlook remains bleak for state's mentally ill prisoners

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Two hundred and twenty-six years ago, the Federalists were having trouble getting the states to ratify the new Constitution of the United States. The anti-Federalists, led by Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Patrick Henry, feared the proposed constitution did not adequately protect the individual rights of the common man.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Competitive bidding to save state $32 million

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

Competition is the lifeblood of success, so it's good news to finally see some competition in the bidding for statewide landline telecommunication services to state agencies, schools, libraries, universities and other governmental entities.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Trial highlights atrocities in mental health care

Posted 4/5/2018 in Local Columns

The United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson is a gleaming testament to the power of our federal government.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: State mental health solution in limbo as lawsuit proceeds

Posted 3/21/2018 in Local Columns

At one end of Jackson's Congress Street sits the modern Federal Courthouse. At the other end sits our traditional State Capitol. They face each other at opposite ends of the street.

 

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.

 

 

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