The governor, lieutenant governor and legislators started new four-year terms this month. Most are returnees. Most are Republicans. The main difference between now and four years ago is that Republicans now hold “super” majorities in both the House and Senate. That means they can pass revenue, tax, and bond bills (along with general and appropriations […]

Aberdeen man takes umbrage with letter I for one am very proud that the Daily Journal published an article like the one that Jim High criticized. My Bible does teach that it rains on the just and the unjust. And I have seen where God’s providence, through delays, unexpected phone calls, or something as simple […]

Northeast Mississippi usually struggles economically long after a deep recession, and it was no different after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. But the situation has steadily improved, and in 2015 the region reached its lowest annual employment rate in a decade, at 6.5 percent. The region’s rate indicates a recovery from the doldrums and after-effects […]

Looking through the accomplishments of Jack Reed Sr. can be overwhelming and inspiring at the same time – especially for someone who never met the preeminent civic and business leader. After the Tupelo native’s death last Wednesday, the stamp he left on Tupelo, Northeast Mississippi and the Magnolia State as a whole became crystal clear […]

Let’s say Islamic State fighters attack an Israeli military patrol along the Syrian border. They try unsuccessfully to kidnap an Israeli soldier, and they kill four others. A Jordanian border post is hit, too, and the Islamic State proclaims it has control of Daraa province in southern Syria. How do Israel and other key players […]

Reed praised for strong public education stance We at The Parents’ Campaign join with all Mississippians in mourning the passing and celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Jack Reed Sr., a visionary leader and a true champion of public education. Mr. Reed was the preeminent Tupelo business and community leader, an indomitable advocate for […]

Saddened to learn of the passing of iconic Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Sr. this week, my thoughts returned to 1987 and the campaign which saw the Mississippi Republican Party lay the groundwork for the current dominance the party has in state politics. Reed, whose personal political interests were far more ensconced in improving public education, […]

Woodrow Wilson, who enjoyed moralizing about the mundane, called paying taxes a “glorious privilege.” In 1865, when there was a Civil War income tax, one taxpayer shared this sensibility, sort of. Mark Twain said that his tax bill of $36.82 (including a $3.12 fine for filing late) made him feel “important” because the government was […]

I have an idea. If Donald Trump is elected president we might be able to pay off a large part of the nearly $20 trillion national debt. Here’s how. All Trump would need to do is offer his State of the Union speech as a pay per view and sell it not only here at […]