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 […]

Corinth’s expanded efforts to improve reading comprehension in its public school students has been matched with a community-wide enthusiasm for reading, pressing even more energy toward individual achievement and economic advancement in a culture increasingly demanding literacy skills for many disciplines. Community literacy initiatives have become widespread in recent years, especially ones engaging students to […]

It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both. The times in Churchill’s case were both World War I, in which he […]

The Book of Judges – the seventh book of the Old Testament, in most Bibles – is a disturbing one. There’s a serious scarcity of green pastures, still waters and other peaceful imagery. It is, instead, a narrative of debauchery, depravity, betrayal and unbelief. Its setting is the Promised Land, after the death of Joshua, […]

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Recommendations made by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s elections task force to allow early voting and online voter registration have merit, but don’t expect those proposals to pass in the 2015 session along with several other ideas Hosemann has suggested would help Mississippi. House Apportionment and Elections Chair Bill Denny, R-Jackson, said he would like […]