One of the quandaries posed by being both an American and a Christian is that of divided loyalties. The American Dream, as it is popularly portrayed, has much to do with accomplishment, acquisition and acclaim – a good education, an attractive spouse, a fulfilling and remunerative career, a succession of increasingly luxurious homes in increasingly […]

In May of 2000, I was in school and working part time for the Oxford Eagle, my hometown newspaper. I was mostly covering sports, but I also did some news reporting, and I always kept an eye out for a good story. One sizzling hot day, as I was driving along University Avenue, I saw […]

In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” pop psychologist Steven Covey describes two circles: • The Circle of Concern includes everything that matters to you in one way or another – the good, the bad, the infantile. • Next comes The Circle of Influence, which is where you’ll find the stuff you can do […]

It was already South Georgia hot in the early morning when we buried my mother in her hometown of Colquitt last week. We fought back tears and fought off gnats as a man with a low, sweet voice picked and sang “Farther Along,” the old hymn she used to hum when she rocked my baby […]

Tupelo High School’s initiation of dual-credit military science classes provides another link for college credits transferable to any accredited school. The Reserve Officer Training Corps historically has been a significant development mechanism for recruiting officers into all the military branches outside the traditional military academy pathway. In Mississippi, ROTC options are offered at the public […]

At his press conference last Wednesday, our president of self-regard again linked himself with Ronald Reagan, seeking to equate his supposed success in gaining a deal with Iran not to build a nuclear weapon for 10 years to Reagan’s arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. There is at least one major difference, which causes […]

It took images of skin-and-skeleton inmates being liberated from Nazi concentration camps for average Germans of the 1930s and ’40s to understand the atrocities of genocide they had passively enabled. It took images of Emmett Till’s decayed and bloated body and Bull Connor’s dogs and firehoses for average Americans of the 1950s and ’60s to […]

Foster’s column praised as biblically sound stand I applaud, no, give a standing ovation to Clay Foster, Daily Journal Publisher & CEO, for his well written article, “The Sacredness of Marriage and Recent Court Decisions” in the July 5 opinion column. The article was not only biblically sound but also historically correct. He prefaced his […]

The 2015 Kids Count report released Tuesday shows a stronger focus on pre-kindergarten learning is essential to create a better life for our state’s children, a conclusion that is widely supported among educators, legislators and parents of young children. However, the necessary financial commitment has not been made to raise Mississippi off the bottom. Mississippi […]