I mentioned in a column last week I had a birthday coming up. Thirty came and went. My friends and family thought they would have some fun and pull one over on me and set up a surprise party in my honor. I’m not big on surprises. I’m not big on parties. Heck, I’m not […]


Vicksburg National Military Park will observe the conclusion of its Civil War Sesquicentennial on Monday, May 25, 2015, with two memorial services and a concert. At 9 a.m., a wreath laying, rifle salute and playing of “Echo Taps” will be held to honor the over 17,000 Union dead buried in Vicksburg National Cemetery. At 11 […]

Mississippi voters will decide in November whether to give the Legislature a constitutional push to obey its own laws. Initiative 42 seeks to get the state closer to following the K-12 school funding formula contained in state law under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP, most people who follow the news know by now, has […]


Change is life’s constant, but the older we get, the less we like it. So when I found myself considering a major change in my life, I was a little surprised. The time was right, and the circumstances too aligned to ignore. In July we will leave Tupelo and I will take a new job […]


A high-powered and geographically diverse consortium of political, Cabinet-level and academic leaders on Thursday fleshed out in a Washington press conference a world-changing consortium of universities, led by Mississippi State University, charged by the federal government with developing multiple aspects and potential for the Unmanned Aerial Systems sector in the United States and worldwide. The […]


If you’re a high-profile college or professional athlete who abuses women, look out. My sister is watching you and will call you out. She’s doesn’t hold any official position. She’s not close friends with any decision-maker who has authority of any kind. She’s simply a fan with strong opinions about how sports teams, broadcasters, schools […]


In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will issue a highly anticipated ruling on the case of King v. Burwell. The lawsuit alleges that the Obama Administration went beyond the law in implementing the President’s health-care subsidies and mandates. At the heart of the judges’ decision will be whether the executive branch ignored the statute […]


A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012. Since 1968, he notes, the Republican presidential nominees emerging from […]