I didn’t watch a single National Football League game this season and, if I do turn on Sunday’s Super Bowl between whichever teams are playing (I honestly don’t know), it’ll be for the clever commercials. It’s not that I don’t like football. I watched a ton of college games this past season including every Mississippi […]

Should taxpayers’ money be kept within the tax-supported public education system?

Debate over how best to deal with improving education of special-needs children in the Mississippi public schools came in the 2014 legislative session when the two chambers could not agree on a bill. The 2014 debate was long and at times heated, and the voices and visiting parents of special-needs students added to the emotional […]

Let’s say a Mississippi town is selecting a new police chief. Applications have been taken, finalists selected and the town council is holding a closed-door conversation about who should be offered the job. Let’s say the stand-out applicant in terms of qualifications, experience and recommendations is black. Had a great interview, too. But let’s say […]

After having spent the last week at Walt Disney World, I’ve been greeted with a lot of, “You didn’t bring anything home with you, did you?” No, you’re thinking of the other happiest place on Earth. Or, at least it was. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is facing an outbreak of measles cases, which has spread […]

Does the requirement of obtaining an annual vehicle inspection sticker in Mississippi improve traffic safety?

If there were a convincing argument to be made that vehicle inspection stickers reduced traffic accidents and fatalities in Mississippi, the current legislative effort to eliminate them might be cause for concern. But there’s no such evidence, either in Mississippi or the 30 states that, according to proponents of the change, no longer have inspection […]

Forget E.F. Hutton. It’s P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen. Then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even non-Catholics are keen to study his words, so surprised and delighted are they to hear a pope say things that suggest to them a more enlightened […]


“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013.” So noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week. Over the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from. Huh? The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, as do its […]