Common sense about Common Core has so far prevailed in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves both want to scrap the Common Core educational standards completely and start over with development of new standards to guide Mississippi schools. House Speaker Philip Gunn, Education Committee chairman John Moore and […]

The death of the retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Roy Noble Lee Sr. should be noted for what it is – the passing of the man who led efforts to modernize the Mississippi court system despite the strongest possible ties to the status quo in Mississippi. Lee, 99, died at his home on Roosevelt […]

A sign of the concern among business and political leaders here about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” – meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years. Few are quite that gloomy. But “structural stagnation,” as Lawrence Summers, the Harvard economist […]

The Bible as state book raises some questions I’m absolutely thrilled the state Legislature is going to adopt my Bible as the state book! I am assuming, of course, it is my Bible – the Catholic Bible – that they’re adopting. What do you suppose the authors of this bill mean when they refer to […]

The Setting: Early ’70s on the Gulf Coast. I was in the car with my elderly grandmother and great aunt Teensie. Both were hard of hearing and both wanted to order lunch from a local drive-through. First, they’d never been through a drive-through. Second, they shouldn’t have been driving at all. It was, shall we […]

The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’ political operation, which might become a presidential campaign. Sanders, 73, does not smile promiscuously, […]

It is easy and devastatingly popular to extract snippets of scripture just the right size to fit on a bumper sticker and use a quote – or misquote – to make an intended point. Which brings us to Psalm 37:4. Often shortened to “He will give you the desires of your heart,” it is a […]

Disappointed. That is the mildest way to describe how millions of movie-goers feel after seeing the groundbreaking movie “Selma,” knowing that lead actor, David Oyelowo, and director Ava DuVernay were both snubbed from Academy Awards nominations. The movie’s two nominations, one each for Best Movie and Best Song, did not lessen the disappointment. Oyelowo rendered […]

When I was little, Stuart Hamblen’s song “This Ole House” always made me unutterably sad. Despite the lively melody and cheerful beat, the homeowner was giving up, leaving his faithful hound dog to fend for itself. No longer was the master of This Ole House inclined to fix the doors or oil the shingles or […]