A special task force created by the Legislature to study changes in the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ sentencing offers...
Some might say that the beginning of what Tom Brokaw so famously calls “The Greatest Generation” was the attack on Pearl Harbor, whose 72nd anniversary will be observed tomorrow. Our sailors and soldiers and Marines were blindsided. Rather than cower, they confronted. Using whatever they could reach, they extinguished, rescued and fought back. Over nearly […]
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has ruled that Detroit, Mich., may seek to protect itself from its creditors under Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection, thus making this once proud city the largest municipality in American history to go bust. The city is $18 billion in the hole thanks to its debt and long-term liabilities, such […]
Leaves’ lives dance across the fast-changing season Now that most of us are rich in leaves and impressed by the panoramic beauty of the season, did you ever think of the odyssey of the humble leaves? Leaves, which we rake away, offer an amazing variety in size, color and pure beauty and always blow by […]
Should a judge be able to be assured that his sentencing of a convicted criminal will be fulfilled within the specific bounds of a reasonable law?
The death this week of former Gov. Bill Allain does not end the influence of his constitutional and legislative achievements, which include a landmark state Supreme Court edict forcing the Mississippi Legislature to obey the state constitution’s separation of powers doctrine, correctly shifting more power to the executive branch and the office of the governor. […]
The announcement of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain’s death this week at the age of 85 brought back memories of the time 30 years ago when Mississippi and the rest of the nation waded through one of the more bizarre chapters in the state’s political history and perhaps the dirtiest campaign seen in this state […]
Put me down for at least one good idea in 2013, as we stroll slowly toward a new year: renting a refrigerator for the family Thanksgiving get-together. About halfway through the elaborate preparations, my daughter turned to me and voiced her amazement that I was not stressing out as usual. “It’s the extra fridge,” I […]
Should constitutional mandates be strictly obeyed by legislators?
Sherry Davis’ confirmation Tuesday by the City Council brings to the Tupelo Public School Board a thoroughly and broadly qualified trustee with national credentials earned during her long teaching career, formerly in Tupelo and now at Itawamba Community College. Davis, a graduate of Tupelo High School, also earned three degrees from the University of Mississippi. […]