Gov. Phil Bryant’s proposal to increase advertising and promotional spending for Mississippi tourism statewide needs an open-mined review in the 2015 session because it would pair state and local resources to maximize impact. Bryant proposes to increase spending through the Mississippi Development Authority by $5.1 million for marketing and advertising tourism destinations and Mississippi’s appeal. […]

Gratitude often comes out of difficult circumstances, which have a way of making us see clearly the things around us we should be thankful for every day but don’t think about often. Tupelo’s status as an effectively functioning community is one of those things that keeps coming to mind in looking back over the 12 […]

A centerpiece of President Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces. But new research shows the jihadists have been working since 2009 to gut the very Sunni tribal leadership on which Obama’s rollback depends – making the U.S. campaign […]

WWII memories keep deeds in perspective An important event in history is quickly approaching, the Anniversary of Dec. 7, 1941, a date we as Americans must never forget or brush aside. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “A day which will live in infamy.” Of course I am referring to the Japanese attack on Pearl […]

Question: What do you call a 53-year-old who’s never cooked a Thanksgiving turkey? Answer: Just plain lucky. Turkey basting veterans have told me time and time again that preparing a large bird for the annual celebratory feast is not difficult. But I remember watching Julia Child’s bird brining episode. There were more steps than bike […]

Democrats need to thank God for big cities from whence most of their support comes, but wait a minute. This is the party that removed an historic acknowledgment of “God” from their platform at their convention and booed when it was put back in at the insistence of some party leaders to save themselves embarrassment […]

Seen through the prism of subsequent national experience, Nelson Rockefeller resembles a swollen post-war automobile – a land yacht with tail fins, a period piece, bemusing and embarrassing. He remains, however, instructive. Richard Norton Smith, a biographer as talented as he is industrious, could not have known, when he began his labors 14 years ago, […]

“For peaceful homes and healthful days, For all the blessings earth displays, We owe Thee thankfulness and praise, Who givest all. “For souls redeemed, for sins forgiven, For means of grace and hopes of heaven, Father, what can to Thee be given, Who givest all?” Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-85 ––––– It is easy to offer the […]

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 […]