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Sound Off for February 1: How can you not know you’re carrying a gun?

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was detained at the Jackson airport because he had a loaded handgun in his briefcase when he was going through security.
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was detained at the Jackson airport because he had a loaded handgun in his briefcase when he was going through security. Sun Herald File

Don’t fall for it!

I’m 57, and ever since I was a little kid companies have been selling magic weight loss pills and overnight muscle man (person) crash exercise programs. And every week the people have been touting this week’s “Tip to lose 7 pounds in 7 days” nonsense. Nothing new, and each year they plan on selling to a new crop of people looking for a magic belly buster. Don’t fall for it. The real magic is to start slowly, eating a little more healthy each day. Get yourself a one- and two-year goal, start slow and naturally and slowly build to doing a little more every day. And don’t get dejected because you didn’t lose 50 pounds or build rippling abs and biceps after seven days, but instead embrace tiny improvements each day that add up to big gains over time. Then admire the magic of reality.

Off to the races

Westbound U.S. 90 in west Gulfport is a racetrack, with cars and especially big trucks going 55 mph or more.

Got it good

The Mississippi Coast does attract retirees. I retired three years ago and moved here three days later. Also I started my taxes, and I’m paying $600 less in federal taxes and I will be bringing home $40 a month in my pension check. I’ll take those crumbs. Thank you, Gulf Coast, for having us.

Click!

Jimmy Fallon et al. seem to be in a deep rut. Their political comedy regarding President Trump is getting old. That is why I use the “off” button on my remote.

Enough, PBS

When did PBS turn into the public home shopping channel? It’s like 90 percent ... “Donate a thousand dollars and get a mug.”

Carrying-on

Haley Barbour busted at the airport for carrying a loaded gun claiming he didn’t know he was carrying it, which begs the question: How can you not know you are carrying a loaded gun?

All about functions

Kids always complain about learning algebra as it’s the first math class where a student actually has to think, apply rules and work toward a solution. Hollywood often loves to remind kids they will never use algebra. I remember my eighth-grade algebra teacher telling us the first day, “Algebra teaches us functions and to solve equations full of variables” (as close as I recall). And, “Life is all about functions, and solving problems with many variables. Those who don’t understand these things will most likely fail.” Hmm.

And yet ...

Immigration ... illegal immigration. Pretty sure those are two similar yet separate things.

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