Dear Mr. President, let me take you back to 1979. I don’t know what you were building or doing then, but my father was running for president, and the political left and their loyal snipers in the dominant media were shooting at him daily. “Ronald Reagan was an empty suit … a B-grade actor … […]

This is an exciting time for the 115th Congress and for our nation. In my meetings with everyone from healthcare providers in the state to rural water advocates to law enforcement personnel, it is clear that there is optimism about what we can achieve in the coming months. Already, we have seen progress made to […]

Mississippi lawmakers appear to have missed another opportunity to adopt a comprehensive plan to upgrade roads and bridges. Wednesday was the deadline for the 2017 session for such a proposal to pass at least one chamber of the Legislature, as reported by Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison. It came and went without any […]

During the 2016 session last year, the majority of the Republican-led Mississippi Legislature ignored Tea Party protestations and passed a state bond bill that provided $45 million for capital improvements at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula. Ingalls employs some 11,000 workers and is a bedrock component of South Mississippi’s economy. Ingalls was lured to […]

The Tax Foundation expert legislative leaders brought in last fall to advise them on tax reform recommended a shift in the state’s tax burden – away from corporate and individual income taxes to user-based taxes. The key word is “shift.” User-based taxes – gas taxes, sales taxes, use taxes, etc. – are already on the […]

Social workers stand up for those in need March is National Professional Social Worker month. Social workers stand up for millions of people every day. Most people do not know what social workers do: Social workers help individuals, families and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning and work to create societal conditions […]

In an ironic twist, over the past few years the word “blessed,” or more accurately #blessed, has made its way into our current, secular pop cultural lexicon. It’s been here long before Twitter got a hold of it, especially in the “bless your heart” South. As we all know, most of the time “bless your […]

It’s 4:30 on a frosty February morning…I’m working in my “Man Cave,” five steps from the back door. I hear the dogs bark twice, and I know the paper has arrived. I set my mug under the Keurig to start a new drip, and carefully make my way to the road. (When did care of […]

I got a text message from Jay Bell, my good friend from “Bradenton-Fun-in-the-Sun-Baby-Florida.” It was a photo of the cover of Sports Illustrated. Never let it be said that the Jaybird doesn’t love sports, but this photo was of the 2017 Swimsuit Edition. Supermodel Kate Upton is wearing an enigmatic smile and covering her charms […]