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OXFORD Members of America’s military services are being shown spontaneous respect these days. It hasn’t always been that way. Today, however, soldiers have told me that if they’re in uniform in a mall, in an airport or just walking down the street, people will look at them, smile and whisper, “Thanks.” They get handshakes, hugs, […]
The movies: raising everyone’s expectations about life since the 1920s. Everything in the movies, from high school to first dates to marriage proposals to death, are always that much sweeter, that much more perfect, that much more glamorous than they are in real life. That’s to be expected, with a cast of gorgeous actors, a […]
Does Mississippi pay teachers enough to make changing from a current job to teaching affordable?
If you look strictly at the results on the field, the weekend’s high school football games in Jackson would appear to be a unanimous downer for Northeast Mississippi’s teams. Five schools from the region played for state championships, and five lost. But that’s far from the whole story. There is first the matter of what […]
Before Club for Growth and others engage in revisionist history over the question of congressional earmarks in Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, let’s reflect on the record. The ink wasn’t dry on Cochran’s confirmation that he would seek a seventh term as Mississippi’s senator before the Club for Growth issued a statement calling Cochran “a […]
Is the America of high-performance innovators, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers stagnating into self-absorbed consumerism? Hmmm. Consider our culture. Having become dependent on cellphones, American lives revolve more and more around Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other self-absorbed social media. Now comes the ultimate in self enthrallment: “selfies,” self-portrait photos posted on social media highlighting what one is […]
Do high school sports play a significant role in unifying communities?
Mississippi’s public school supporters in the past week heard the familiar sad words of an annual pre-legislative session lament: There’s no additional funding to make the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding anywhere close to its mandate. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) announced its budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015, and it underfunds MAEP by […]
So now we know. Thad Cochran is in the game. For nearly a year, it’s been a principal topic of conversation in Mississippi political circles. Would he run for a seventh term in the U.S. Senate? If not, would he step down early to allow the appointment of someone to get a head start? When […]