Thursday, December 18, 2008
Our newest columnist -- editor of the Northside Sun
Editor’s Note: Wyatt Emmerich, a new columnist at The South Reporter, is president of Emmerich Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned, Mississippi company that publishes 25 community newspapers, primarily in Mississippi. Wyatt Emmerich is a third generation publisher, succeeding his father John Oliver Emmerich Jr. of Greenwood and his grandfather, John Oliver Emmerich Sr. of McComb.
Mississippi is beautiful in the fall. We’re not in the league of New England, but we get some pretty good colors from our Bradford pears, sweetgums and Japanese maples. Even the lowly tallowood from Asia makes its color contribution.
The economy is in the tank and the fear-mongers are in full force. We’re tough. We’ve been through downturns before.
How about Ole Miss? They beat one top-five team and came within three points of beating the number one team. This new coach is the real deal. Just a little more improvement and we’ll be there. As much as Mississippians love football, we deserve a national championship.
Heading out soon for some canoe camping with my buddies. Out on the river, life takes on a timeless quality. I’m reminded of the Bob Dylan lyrics.
“People disagreeing on all just about everything, yeah,
Makes you stop and all wonder why.
Why only yesterday I saw somebody on the street
Who just couldn’t help but cry.
Oh, this ol’ river keeps on rollin’, though,
No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow,
And as long as it does I’ll just sit here
And watch the river flow.”
The huge pothole outside my house has now been there for six months. The city has filled it with dirt and gravel and planted a warning barricade beside it.
I guess the city of Jackson’s too broke to even fill a pothole. Jackson is slowly reverting back to gravel roads.
I disagree strongly with the federal judge who placed a gag order on the Jackson mayor Frank Melton’s trial. How can a federal official tell a free man he can’t publicly defend his innocence with free speech? Does anyone see the rights of this country slipping away? Flipside, you can’t break into a person’s home on a whim, even if you are the mayor. If guilty, he should be punished.
Let’s hope Obama is as smart as president as he was as a candidate. It’s scary to think of his sudden rise to power. Imagine how he must feel in moments of solitude.
I didn’t vote for Obama for policy reasons, but I’m delighted to see the ultimate racial barrier broken. Imagine how Obama’s victory will change the attitudes of millions of young children around the world. “Yes we can,” they are thinking.
Was Jesse Jackson crying for joy or because he realized the race-card game will never be the same?
Obama didn’t get elected because he was black. He got elected despite being black. That’s the beauty of America. The cream can still rise to the top. Let’s hope our new president realizes how important it is to maintain freedom of opportunity.
Why are rural areas conservative and urban areas liberal? A friend answered thusly: “When you are closer to the land, you are more self reliant and less dependent on the government. This makes you appreciate personal initiative and hard work, rather than government control.”
Why can’t we be respectful of each other’s political and religious viewpoints? I will villainize neither Bush nor Obama. Hate is evil. That being said, humor is good for the soul. It’s much better to express criticism with humor than with hate.
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