People of varied perspectives sometimes seek to establish common ground with different beliefs by asserting that all religions are pursuing the same ends – basically a more just, peaceful and generous society. Many religions even point to Christianity’s founder, Jesus of Nazareth, as a great teacher and a laudable example. It is true that Jesus […]

If you’re confused about whether a nuclear deal with Iran would be good for America – or for Israel – join the club. The club, that is, of folks who are debating the benefits of a deal versus the costs. For unyielding critics of any deal, especially in Congress, such analysis is irrelevant. Their minds […]

Parry (Robin Williams) and Jack (Jeff Bridges) are naked under the stars in the middle of New York’s Central Park during a scene from “The Fisher King.” As written by screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, Parry tells a story. “It’s a story of the Grail myth,” Parry says, “And although there are several variations, my favorite begins […]

When I was a child, I wanted to be, at various times depending on the day and the strength of the Sunday School lesson, a veterinarian, or a missionary, or perhaps a veterinarian missionary saving pagan animals on farms in faraway places with strange-sounding names. Got a sick duck in Djibouti? I’m your woman. A […]

Do you agree that competing for All America City honors creates its own reward?

Tupelo’s selection by the National Civic League as a finalist for a possible fifth All-America City Award demonstrates the importance of consistent, unrelenting work for community improvement exclusive of any potential special reward and recognition. Tupelo first won the award in 1967, and again 1989, 1999 and 2011. Each time Tupelo wins it steps into […]

“In your heart you know he’s right,” was Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign slogan in 1964. The critics of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who announced Monday he is running for president, are effectively saying of him: “In your head you know he’s nuts.” Even before his announcement, Cruz was labeled with the typical modifiers the left […]

Now they’re worrying that the weather is too good. AccuWeather.com reports that NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has not issued a single severe thunderstorm warning this month, and only four tornado warnings – something unprecedented in the center’s 45-year history. “We are in uncharted territory with respect to lack of severe weather,” SPC’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist […]

Jones should reject idea of withholding money In a letter in Tuesday’s paper, Russ Polsgrove wrote. “Dan Jones has been a man of principle and character, a person who has always wanted what’s best for Ole Miss.” Dan Jones, in the email sent he sent to alums, said. “…for me, every disagreement we experienced was […]