Across campuses nationwide – including the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University – students and scientists are gearing up this weekend for the 44th annual celebration on April 22 of Earth Day, the iconic American observance marking a milestone in the environmental and sustainability movements, now reaching worldwide. Ole Miss and MSU both have […]

I offer this repeat of an earlier Easter column in the hope that it may have some application today. Happy Easter! –LG “Welcome Happy Morning” is an Easter hymn familiar in several denominations and a lifelong favorite of mine for its rousing tune and joyful lyrics. It speaks to the glory of this greatest of […]

Has the Obama administration really found the famous “exit ramp” in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis? It looked that way Thursday in Geneva, where seven hours of negotiations produced what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “a compromise, of sorts.” President Obama doubtless will get brickbats from congressional Republicans […]

June 2014, will mark the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, an extensive statewide effort to gain voting rights for disenfranchised Mississippians. On April 28, voter registration will end for Mississippians who want to vote in the June 3 primary election. How effective the secretary of state has been in helping Mississippians without identification obtain […]

The 2014 legislative session ended with good news for Tupelo and Mississippi. We adopted a balanced $6 billion budget and filled the rainy day fund to its statutory limit. By spending only what the state takes in, Mississippi’s fiscal picture is bright: We’re avoiding tax increases on you, the citizens, and positioning our state to […]

In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word – “democracy” – that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” […]

Mississippians have health insurance; GOP angered Thousands of Mississippians now have private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act – including yours truly – and our state’s Republican leaders still think this is a bad idea. Take, for instance, career-long government employee and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo: “This is yet another desperate attempt by the […]

C.S. Lewis on the Resurrection: Now, as a literary historian, I am perfectly convinced that whatever else the Gospels are they are not legends. I have read a great deal of legend and I am quite clear that they are not the same sort of thing. They’re not artistic enough to be legends. … Most […]

Lots has been said about the June 3 election for the Republican nomination for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race, and there’s more to come. Unfortunately, one candidate’s claims have gone largely unchallenged. Tea Party extremist Chris McDaniel is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran and is irresponsibly misleading voters by trying to paint Cochran as a big spender. […]