Mississippi communities are rejoicing over the fact that Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan Program debts are being forgiven by the federal government in areas where those loans were made nine year ago for Hurricane Katrina relief. Yet almost a decade later, Hurricane Katrina still casts a long, sad shadow over the Mississippi Gulf […]

The good news on the jobs front for Mississippi this Labor Day is that the state’s unemployment rate is down from the same time a year ago. The rate of 8 percent in July – the latest data available – is better than the 8.7 percent in July 2013. And the 101,200 Mississippians looking for […]

The monumental tapestry triptych by Marc Chagall, hanging in the State Hall of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, hints at some of the artist’s own memories, including from his childhood in Vitebsk, Russia. But these float among images of Jewish history: of Moses with his tablets, of David with his harp. Images of wandering and […]


Are you ready to rumble? In one corner stand Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and their allies who want to cut taxes. In the other corner stand the champions for fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) for K-12 schools. The conventional wisdom is the state budget cannot accommodate both, so all […]

SeaPort Airlines last week received federal approval to become Tupelo Regional Airport’s next passenger service provider, with flights to Memphis and/or Nashville probably starting in October. SeaPort, founded in Juneau, Alaska, in 1982 as Wings of Alaska, for more than two decades operated entirely within the southeast Alaska region. In 2008, Wings of Alaska was […]

It wasn’t all that long ago, it seems, that I came home and she was riding her tricycle in the driveway after her first day of kindergarten and I asked her how it went. “Magnificent,” she replied. “It was more than I ever dreamed it would be.” Early on she had her mother’s enthusiasm for […]

With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought. But Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the U.S. seeks to mobilize Sunni Muslims against the terrorist Islamic State. The kingdom’s many critics argue that Saudi Arabia itself helped spread the toxic virus by bankrolling Islamist rebels […]

Men, take a stand opposing violence against all women With the football season having started, I want to challenge all coaches to teach their players about taking a stand opposing violence against women and girls. I want to commend the staff at Oklahoma University who on Aug. 18 suspended Joe Mixon who pled not guilty […]