“Sales tax is the only fair tax we have,” wrote a reader. “Can you find out how long it would take for a2 percent sales tax increase to fund restoration of our highways and bridges?” Hmmm. Let’s quantify the issue. The MEC/Blueprint Mississippi report entitled “Ramping Up Mississippi’s Economy Through Transportation” identified what’s needed to […]

Legislators approved state-backed incentives for two major industrial investments Thursday, apparently clinching a deal to bring a new tire manufacturer to the south Delta/Central Mississippi and more shipbuilding jobs to the Gulf Coast. The package of government borrowing ($274 million, both projects) plus tax incentives, is for now the largest in Mississippi history. The Continental […]

School districts across Mississippi have an opportunity to take advantage of a pilot program that could help prepare students to compete in the 21st century workplace. The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Secondary Education posted last week a request for applications for a computer science curriculum pilot program dubbed “CS4MS.” The program is intended […]

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against the Islamic State. In the 18 months that the U.S. has been working to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the group, it has grown to become a global force that can strike […]

Jim High is struggling under God’s conviction Jim High’s letter, 1/28/16, minimizes the knowledge of those who wrote the Bible, and in doing so, excludes the inspiration of God. High is entitled to his opinion, but his reasoning process can certainly be questioned. High, like the rest of us has studied events recorded in history, […]

“I hope that when my life ends I would have added a little beauty, a little more perception and improved the quality of life of those who will follow after me.” – Jacob Lawrence ––––– I am a black woman whose quality of life was improved by Jack and Frances Reed over 33 years ago. […]

PALM BEACH, Fla. – As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton’s allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump’s $1.5 million. But, of course Trump wouldn’t bother to part his lips for less. It costs at least a million just to wake up in the rarified world he occupies. So what’s the […]

Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the wonderful seat is unoccupied. The man says, “It’s mine. I was supposed to come with my wife, […]

Few topics in international relations stir more passion, bewilderment and hostility than conflicts among intentionally religious people of many faiths. Enmity is not confined, as some believe, to Islamic terrorists intent on destroying Western civilization – and especially visible marks of Christian heritage. In the broad spectrum of discord, a possible message of hope emerged […]