On its face, the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 ruling that allows Oklahoma and other states to continue to use a three-drug “cocktail” for lethal injections that includes the drug midazolam appears a victory for proponents of the death penalty. The reality is that the ruling may signal the beginning of the end of capital punishment […]

History, or at least history.com, tells us that the last surviving members of that group of extraordinary men we refer to as the Founding Fathers died on the same day within hours of each other. The date? July 4, 1826. Both men who died that Independence Day, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, had served as […]

Lions Band deserved more prominent play I was so pleased with the Daily Journal’s reporting last week of the Mississippi Lions All State Band and their preparation for International Competition in Hawaii this week. However, I was saddened this morning to see the almost hidden report of their winning the World Championship. This group is […]

Do you know any children who participate in year-round food programs at their schools?

Tupelo Community Theatre further enhanced its growing reputation for excellence with major awards won at the American Association of Community Theaters national festival last weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan. TCT earned its way to the nationwide competition when its production of “Lone Star,” a James McClure one-act comedy that is bawdy and also endearing as […]

One stereotype we Southerners love to hear praises our collective gentility. We open doors for ladies. We say yes ma’am and no sir. When a friend’s momma dies, we send flowers and food. When a hearse-led procession passes, we pull over. These gestures don’t change anything. Momma is still dead. But they ease the grief […]

“Dad,” she said, “I bought you some weed today.” “Excuse me?” I said. “I bought you some weed today,” she said again. “…Thank you?” was the best I could come up with. Turns out my daughter had picked some weeds for me at the playground at school earlier that day. However, that’s not how she […]

Obama demonstrated grace in Pinckney eulogy I am so proud of our president, Barack Obama. His responsibility is awesome and his courage is amazing. May God grant him and all Americans the grace he spoke of Friday in the eulogy/sermon he delivered at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, S.C. I hope […]

Have you ever attended a TCT performance?