On Father’s Day most churches ask all the dads in the congregation to stand and be recognized, and it is with a measure of humble pride (if there is such a thing) that I rise to my feet. It is with a twinge of remorse that I’ve never been able to stand when our veterans […]

Politics is about nothing if not timing, and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, saw his opportunity and seized upon it while President Barack Obama was on a state visit to Vietnam in recent days. McCain used the president’s visit to Vietnam and Japan as a springboard to undo Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s 2015 victory […]

The Mississippi Economic Council gained no traction in the 2016 legislative session for its $375 million per year Excelerate Mississippi highways and bridges maintenance program, but it will try again in 2017. The second attempt must be a new and improved strategy, driven by the MEC’s 11,000 dues-paying, business-community members, with specific proposals for funding […]

Why not here? Why not you? Why not now? That was the key part of a message shared last week at the CREATE Foundation’s State of the Region event by Don Nielsen, former Seattle Public School District school board member, retired businessman and author. The annual event serves as an opportunity to share a progress […]

The black father whose eight month old daughter died after being left for hours in a hot car in Grenada was charged with second-degree murder and thrown in jail. The white mother whose two year old daughter died after being left for hours in a hot car in Gluckstadt was not charged and kept her […]

‘Establishment’ controls the GOP in Mississippi After attending the MGOP Convention as a Delegate from Lee County, I can report that the MSGOP is alive…but not well. The MSGOP is organized to perpetuate its power, control, and influence. Sadly, the grassroots are only given a voice if party leadership determines it to be in their […]

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Memorial Day has its earliest origins in Columbus, Mississippi, where women in the community began in April 1866, decorating the graves of […]

“Words can break your spirit.” I heard these words at a powerful women’s conference hosted by First Lady Casey Bumpus of Saving Station Church in January. The theme was entitled “The Love Me Experience.” The empowerment speaker was Dr. Brenda Caldwell, a Christian psychologist, coach, minister, author and artist from Memphis. During her presentation, Caldwell […]

I was on a rampage. It was a spur-of-the-moment tempest in a teapot. Someone on his high horse dropped a fly in my ointment. I was foaming at the mouth, if you know what I mean. In the twinkling of an eye, the thorn in my side flew the coop, taking the words right out […]