The 1st District field is set. A total of 13 candidates qualified by Friday’s deadline for the special congressional election on May 12 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee. In this election, all candidates will be on the same ballot regardless of party. The top two vote-getters will advance […]

Like 20 other states – including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas – Mississippi’s largest single employer is Wal-Mart. As Jerry Seinfeld once famously said, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” In Mississippi, Wal-Mart’s corporate website reports that the company employs 23,430 “associates” at an average wage of $12.93 […]

“It was pride that changed angels into devils,” taught Saint Augustine. Media reports on the controversy between Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and the IHL Board of Trustees, have painted Dr. Jones as an angel and board members as devils. That is not a fair characterization. Good people serve on the […]

The Appalachian Regional Commission, extending from southern New York to central Mississippi and encompassing more than 400 counties, marks its 50th anniversary this year, one of the enduring programs of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society agenda. The ARC, as it is generally known, isn’t the same agency as when it began but it remains focused […]

After a week of raised voices and high emotions, Chancellor Dan Jones’ fate at the University of Mississippi was likely to be determined in continuing quiet conversations with a man he says he trusts and respects. Jones and outgoing Commissioner of Higher Education Hank Bounds didn’t get along. If there’s one undisputed assumption surrounding the […]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore “animal spirits” in the long-moribund Japanese economy. That kind of muscular talk makes some critics anxious, but Abe gave a compelling explanation Thursday of how he’s trying to push Japan out of its 15-year “doldrums.” In an hour-long interview at his office here, Abe offered a […]

Freedoms eroded in government growth Hats off to William Hill of Woodland. It could have not been said better about moral imperatives. Before Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, only the elderly and the disabled received help from the government. Everyone worked and paid for what they received. Now it is better for one to not work […]

For parents of today’s students in the Tupelo Public School District, educational excellence at all levels throughout Northeast Mississippi has always been a fundamental expectation. That expectation, not to mention the condition, was intentionally created through voluntary, community-based work that began as early as the 1950s. From the creation of a privately funded vocational development […]