The Obama administration reportedly is considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes “a top national security adviser” to the president as saying the U.S. is “not going to be restricted by borders’ to protect its interests…” What about American cities? If ISIS attacks one or more U.S. cities, […]

By the time you read this, I’ll probably be in Parchman. This weekend, Kairos Prison Ministry members are scheduled to spend 72 hours or so in Mississippi State Penitentiary. In that time, we hope to come to know nearly 50 inmates at Unit 30 and use our flawed hearts and minds to introduce them to […]

Has Okolona taken a positive step with passage of a school bond improvement bill?

Are you aware of the special election in Tupelo’s Ward 3 on Sept. 4?

Voters in Tupelo’s Ward 3 go to the polls a week from today – Sept. 4 – to elect a new member of the City Council to fulfill the unexpired term of Jim Newell, who resigned this summer when he moved to Saltillo. The nonpartisan special election has drawn a seven-candidate field: • Travis Beard […]

In a recent column, former Freedom Summer volunteer Ron Carver took me to task over my writings about the as yet unsuccessful attempts by organized labor throughout the South to organize the workers in “Detroit South” auto plants as a means to shore up plummeting membership in flagship unions like the United Auto Workers (UAW). […]

Are you aware that all Mississippi public schools use the Common Core standards?

Mississippi public schools’ test scores, as predicted by education leaders, declined statewide in results released Tuesday, reflecting a transition year in phasing-out one testing system and embracing the Common Core, a more rigorous statewide standard requiring more critical-thinking and writing. This year, 2014-2015, all state schools are using Common Core and students will be tested […]

During the 2003 gubernatorial campaign, Daily Journal Executive Editor Lloyd Gray made the decision we were going to travel with the candidates during the final days of their campaigns and do daily stories. It harkened back to old-style journalism when newspapers used to invest more on the daily activities of the candidates. I was assigned […]