Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent in November from 7.6 percent in October. That statistic might be more encouraging were it not for the fact that Mississippi’s unemployment rate leads the nation. Mississippi is among the 41 states and Washington, D.C., that had drops in unemployment rates, but the national rate fell to 5.8 […]

I remember so well the unbearable anticipation of Christmas Eve with my sisters Sharon and Sheila in the little teacher’s home across from the Beulah-Hubbard school in rural Newton County a half-century ago. Sheila, my twin, shared my suffering. Sharon, who was older and wiser, was able to put up a more mature front. There […]

It goes without saying that there is a great deal of division in America today. Many of us lament those divisions, and we worry about the damages wrought by the often-bitter conflicts inherent in this divisiveness that seems to permeate our society. Why is our country so divided? I would submit that a line from […]

The April tornado changed the focus of Tupelo city government to restoration and recovery. That’s as it should have been. It also meant that the city’s redevelopment efforts outside of tornado-scarred neighborhoods have been a bit below the radar for a time. But the West Jackson Street redevelopment has been steadily progressing while attention was […]

You remember him. He was smart and he knew it. Nobody liked him because he was determined to take the fun out of Christmas for everybody. He (or she) was the kid who told you Santa didn’t exist. How did he know? Because his parents told him so. Ah, his parents. They didn’t believe in […]

The nadir for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflated Obama responded meekly that sometimes the best a president can do is to hit “singles” and “doubles.” Obama still isn’t hitting home runs. But he does seem […]

Tupelo school leaders urge adequate funding We believe that education creates economic opportunities – for families and for communities. We have seen the direct results of how an investment in public education creates a workforce for international companies to call Tupelo their home. The surest way to continue this economic progress is by preparing our […]

My firstborn niece, Michelle Mitchell-Smith of Houston, Texas, died last month. But not really. Michelle donated bones, skin and eyes to LifeGift, the nonprofit organ, tissue and eye recovery organization serving North, Southeast and West Texas, so she will live on in people who will enjoy a better quality of life or whose lives are […]

When the news reminded us recently that singer Andy Williams had died a couple of years back, I got a lump in my throat. Not that I was a huge Andy Williams fan. It’s just that Andy Williams was one of the television stars that always had a Christmas special when I was a kid. […]