In 1983, legislation was signed to officially designate Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday. Fifteen years after the civil rights leader was brutally assassinated, King became one of only three people (George Washington and Christopher Columbus being the others) to have a national holiday observed in their honor. George Washington’s Birthday has been […]

As noted in prior writings, I’ve watched the evolution of the digital divide in Mississippi from several unique vantage points. Even the term “digital divide” has evolved in my lifetime. Earlier in the 20th century, that “divide” was defined by those who had access to telephones and those who didn’t. The obstacles to the technology […]

Riding the rural highways of Mississippi, it’s easy to see why so many citizens want taxes cut. Vistas of disrepair and deterioration overwhelm. Strapped folk in these areas see little benefit from state spending. To them, every precious dollar they send to state and local governments must seem to disappear down endless holes. They are […]

A week in your Miss. House Not every day of the legislative session is exciting, but none are boring. The weeks are typical that we check in on Monday’s at 4 p.m., then work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then check out about 9 a.m. on Friday mornings. This week was without excitement, but a […]

Outgoing president Barack Obama returned to Chicago this week to deliver his farewell address. He touched on a few policies enacted during his presidency, such as the Affordable Care Act and the Iran nuclear deal, among others. More so, however, he remarked on the American spirit, and the active role citizens must assume in continuing […]

Bitterly cold days of January and bitter reflections on morals and culture in America lead me to reflect on the state of Western Civilization. Looking at where we’ve been helps to find our way forward. In the 14th century BCE, tribes of nomads roamed the Judean hills and deserts. From the Fertile Crescent to the […]

I’ve been watching a series called “Lockup” on Netflix. The show usually visits jails, where most of the inmates are probably guilty, though they haven’t been tried and convicted yet. Crimes vary from check fraud to murder, and victims range from abusers who could’ve had it coming to … well … I’m not going to […]

When my mother died, her house sold quickly and we didn’t have the luxury of time to sort through her many possessions. I spent less than one week at the home place, deciding what to pack on the back of my old pickup truck. That was tough but probably just as well. One could have […]

Local election season is beginning to ramp up throughout Northeast Mississippi as qualifying for municipal seats begins and candidates start throwing their hats in the ring for public office. While most Americans might be tired of hearing about elections after the contentious presidential race last year, local elections are of significant importance to our communities […]