Optimism statewide and in Northeast Mississippi suggests the 2014 holiday shopping season may produce strong sales – and profits – for many retailers whose margins are made in the weeks before Christmas. Blake Wilson, head of the Mississippi Economic Council, said Monday he has encountered “very strong consumer confidence” statewide, with “very high” confidence among […]

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Bam, bam, bam. The trifecta of holidays, all in a row. The middle one is this week. Like a middle child, it gets lost in the shuffle. Also, at least from a child’s perspective, there are other reasons to consider Thanksgiving less than a big deal. Halloween involves costumes, mystery and people […]

It appeared that Cory Booker, just elected to a new, six-year Senate term, was finally ready to bust loose. The celebrity former mayor of Newark shared top billing at an event Wednesday with a band called Pussy Riot. Onstage immediately after him was a feminist activist who recently staged a topless protest with a message […]

Manning’s coverage rates a strong letter of thanks I recently presented a workshop on music education at the King Early Childhood Education Center. Riley Manning attended the session to write an article. I of course was delighted that the article appeared in your paper, under the title “Itsy Bitsy Spider” builds the brain. But more […]

The seemingly endless cycle of tuition increases will continue next fall for students at Mississippi’s eight public universities. It wasn’t unexpected. The state College Board had set in motion a two-year plan last year, and reaffirmed the second-year increase with a vote last week. Tuition is going up an average of 3.2 percent across the […]

If anyone was expecting Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint a state Department of Corrections contract review task force panel that was a Republican rubber stamp crew, they are likely disappointed. Instead, Bryant appointed a strong bipartisan group of reviewers who have strong principles and who won’t worry about offending anyone. In the wake of the […]


Did you catch the drift of the news stories about the extra money the Legislature expects to have for next year? Andrea Williams, WTOK-TV, “Next year Mississippi lawmakers will have more money to spend.” Bobby Harrison, the Daily Journal, “The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session.” Iris Barnes, […]

Should the Mississippi Legislature fund a greater share of university expenses to slow the rise in tuition and other costs to students?