The start of the Legislative Budget Committee’s 2016 budget cycle highlights the continuing inadequacy of funding for the legislatively mandated Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP was enacted in 1997 over a veto, and fully funded only twice since passage, including the first fully phased-in year, 2003. It also was fully funded in 2007, like 2003 […]

On radio, in books and personal appearances, Dave Ramsey has become America’s best-known preacher of the joys of personal financial independence. He always invites the faithful to testify. Properly cued, individuals and couples who were saddled by debt before seeing the light are invited to shout “I’M DEBT FREE” as loudly as they can. It […]

It is a long, long way from the “JV team” to the “network of death.” It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama’s 2014 West Point commencement address – which ridiculed “tough talk,” criticized a “military solution” in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism – to the substance of Obama’s […]

Mississippi’s new educational standards emphasize application of knowledge and analytical thinking much more so than in the past. Is this a positive change?

Mississippi’s new educational standards emphasize application of knowledge and analytical thinking much more so than in the past. Is this a positive change?

Before the Common Core State Standards had been fully implemented in Mississippi and the first test gauging the results administered, Gov. Phil Bryant labeled the standards “a failed program.” It was an obviously premature declaration based more on political currents than on any objective analysis of the standards’ effectiveness. Thankfully, the chairmen of the Senate […]

Far more than the Byzantine political considerations, the Cochran nursing home photo uproar raised issues that have absolutely nothing to do with politics and everything to do with privacy and protection. Both my late parents required nursing home or assisted living care in their final years. The future generations projected to live longer and with […]

Many of the people who supported local option legalization of beer and liquor in Mississippi, beginning in 1966, probably would be surprised by the recent string of legalization victories in formerly dry counties and cities in Northeast Mississippi. Lee County/Tupelo became one of the first statewide to approve legal beer and alcohol after the Legislature […]