Hundreds of pounds of sweet reinforcements against the winter cold arrived in Tupelo this week with the annual shipment of Girl Scout cookies, the main fundraising campaign of the Girl Scouts nationwide. Other youth-focused organizations also have started annual fundraising seasons, and all are important in assuring the availability of wholesome, focused youth development programs […]

The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might […]

Democrat John Mayo survived the Vietnam War after coming within inches of having his head blown off. But in 2011 his three-term legislative career couldn’t survive when he was targeted for defeat by the Haley Barbour machine. Consequently, the amiable Mayo, now 68, was trampled along with a dozen other able Democrats in the Barbour-inspired […]

An outbreak of financial delusion that would rob our state’s essential budgets of 30 percent, or more, of reasonably anticipated income happened Tuesday at the state Capitol. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Clinton Republican, has joined an apparent election-year contest to see which GOP leader – the governor, lieutenant governor or speaker of the House […]

Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards. Or so we are told by the minders of buzz. Penn, just before announcing Inarritu’s award for Best Picture, the director’s third Oscar of the evening, quipped: […]

Well, here we are less than three days before the qualifying deadline for this year’s statewide political races, and I would hope that most of you are as disappointed as I am in choices thus far. The only way things are ever going to change in this state is if voters have real choices and, […]

Will 100 percent financing help the housing market in Tupelo?

Economic recovery and growth take many forms depending on circumstances in individual communities, and sometimes what begins as adversity turns to opportunity and prosperity. Last April, Tupelo and parts of Lee, Chickasaw and Itawamba counties outside incorporated areas were hit by an EF-3 tornado, with heavy residential, commercial and woodlands damage. The day after presented […]