The recent notoriety surrounding charges, arrests, sanctions and indictments of high-profile athletes for various kinds of alleged abuse brings sharper attention to the nationwide problem, frequently in the context of marital or family relationships. The names of highly paid professional athletes grab headlines everywhere, and it places professional and sometimes collegiate sports under harsh, deserved […]

Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “…she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.” Liberals have embraced the word “progressive” because it sounds more forward-looking than “liberal,” which has a […]

As we met each other going from one task to another the other day, Roger and I both recognized that my front porch was suffering from an unusually long stretch of not being sat on nor philosophized from. We agreed to remedy the situation as soon as he could halfway clean up from his garden […]

Today’s special election in Tupelo’s City Council Ward 3 sadly won’t attract but a fraction of the 5,300 residents in the ward, a disappointing measure of the position’s importance. A Sept. 4 “first primary” in the non-partisan special election eliminated five of seven candidates, sending preacher and community activist James Hull into a runoff against […]

As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention. Yes, that Mark Sanford – the erstwhile Appalachian Trail wanderer who in 2009 found himself not out hiking, as his gubernatorial staff had reported, but befuddled […]

Gov. Phil Bryant, assuming he wins reelection next year, could find himself a lonely Medicaid expansion holdout in this close-knit Louisiana-Mississippi Republican neighborhood. While Bryant has shown no signs of relenting on extending health care coverage to some 300,000 low-income Mississippians, the prospective next Louisiana governor has signaled he will break with incumbent GOPer Bobby […]

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Despite a second major damaging tornado in three years, Northeast Mississippians can review 2014 and see significant infrastructure accomplishments for the broader good, especially in completion and opening of new highways and thoroughfares for safety and economic development. Two major links in what has long been thought of as a regional system opened or soon […]

A real possibility exists that control of the U.S. Senate will not be determined until Dec. 6 in neighboring Louisiana – a month after the elections are concluded in other states. Louisiana’s unique blanket primary system could result in all political eyes turning toward the Bayou state for a full month after the Nov. 4 […]