Louis D. “Mook” Allen
Not that anybody was unsure, but a newspaper story this week and the reaction to it made the mutual loathing between the state Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Transportation crystal clear.
I’m a sucker for stories about the health benefits or detriments from the food and drink we put into our bodies.
If someone reports that rutabagas will forestall aging, ward off cancer or strengthen the heart, I might not run out and buy a bushel of them, but I’ll think about it.
Rain may have wiped out Saturday’s Freedom Fest before the main band performance and fireworks, but we hope that it will not dampen enthusiasm for continuing to grow this event.
For too long the state and federal governments have either cut spending to local governments or required new spending without allocating any funds for it. That allows politicians at those higher-up levels to brag on themselves without having to bite the bullet and face the on-the-ground consequences.
Many of you already know I’m not from here: I’m not from Columbia, not from Mississippi and not even from the South.
Growing up in a military family, I moved around a lot when I was young and called Pennsylvania, Virginia and Louisiana home at one point or another, and it wasn’t until college that I moved to Mississippi.
Nearly every time the board that oversees the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System jacks up the rate that the taxpayers have to kick in to keep the system viable, it says that the latest increase should provide long-term solvency.
And every time they are wrong.