Death came last week to John Doar, the incredibly modest legal warrior who battled for racial justice in Mississippi in the most volatile days of the 1960s civil rights era. Doar, 92, died last week of congestive heart failure at his New York home. Perhaps younger blacks may not know who John Doar was or […]

Does it seem strange that the season of giving comes after our time of gratitude? Maybe Thursday’s counting of blessings makes us more big-hearted and willing to give. This is a little early, dear reader, but I hope you’re already in a giving mood. During a Mighty Daily Journal planning meeting, Judy McGhee’s Christmas story […]

If Martha Stewart were in charge of heaven, it might look something like Ocean Springs on Peter Anderson Festival days. Traffic is blocked on the main downtown streets, the smell of boudin and barbecue is in the air, clever people hold sway. And that’s a good thing. I get here early because, besides me, 149,999 […]

As of Monday, both the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Gov. Phil Bryant have settled on at least projected budgets and revenue figures for Mississippi in Fiscal Year 2016, which begins in July but will be decided in the 2015 session. The budgets differ in some substance but not in their generally conservative spirit, which […]

“You’ve got to be taught to hate…” – Oscar Hammerstein, “South Pacific” ––––– The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of violence and hatred directed against Israel and the Jewish people. […]

Since the next time we visit in this space will be Black Friday, let me offer some Thanksgiving musings earlier than most and suggest that a week’s concentration on gratitude might be a good thing. Here are a few things for which I’m particularly thankful: • A community whose quality of life even outsiders care […]

Do you read a lot about the state’s budget process?

Do you participate in any kind of school-support organization?

Supporters of the Lee County Public School District on Tuesday awarded 20 grants totaling $28,659.81 for academic investment beyond regular resources, with the ExPECT (Exceptional Progress in Education through Curriculum and Technology) program pulling backers together to raise the money for grants made to teachers based on formal project applications. The recipient teachers will use […]