Six months ago this week, portions of the city of Tupelo and Lee and Itawamba counties were dramatically, stunningly altered. In a matter of minutes a devastating tornado tore neighborhood canopies to shreds, slammed trees on top of houses, pulverized businesses and upended the peace and tranquility of hundreds, even thousands, of lives. The worst […]

You might not know it, but there’s an election on the horizon in Mississippi on Nov. 4. People in many other states are currently under the same kind of TV advertising bombardment Mississippians faced back in the spring and early summer, but it’s quiet here. A principal reason is that the national Democratic Party decided […]

Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province was forced to surrender last week to fighters from the Islamic State. The extremists were moving Wednesday toward Gaood’s town of Al-Zwaiha, the stronghold of his Albu […]

Communities risk survival with Walmart I would like to remind the citizens of Mantachie, Nettleton and Tupelo to shop locally and not the local Walmart. Dollars spent at Walmart go to Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Walton heirs. They began with discounted retail stores but their insatiable greed now includes automotive services, pharmacy and both high […]

Was it something I said, something about Christmas, that made my husband turn pale and break out in a cold sweat? I remember that same look on my father’s face when my mother would nonchalantly walk through the room and mention it was getting to be “that time of year.” Suddenly this mild-mannered, easy-going guy […]

It’s been a long time – 45 years to be exact – since massive school desegregation changed Mississippi’s educational landscape and with it set the pace for sweeping social and political changes to follow. In that day in the fall of 1969, it was difficult to imagine the demographic shifts that would come to pass. […]

The early morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the […]

The liturgical calendars followed by some Christian churches emphasize several seasons of special observance. The rest of the year is, by definition, “ordinary time.” Whether or not we live by a liturgical calendar, the concept of ordinary time has merit as we examine our lives. Scripture offers many an illustration of the tendency in human […]

If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts – the four-legged variety rather than those running for office. Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and wolves from hounding, trapping and other inhumane hunting practices are up for a vote in two states – Maine […]