Uh oh. Money to fund Mississippi government is below target this year and will be less than expected next year. So much for fully funding MAEP next year, or big tax cuts, or big funding increases for colleges, universities or other state agencies. And this is a surprise? Given all the tax cuts, rebates, and […]

High school girls’ team taught an adult lesson I traveled to the East Union vs. West Union Girls basketball game Nov. 13 to watch some good high school basketball. As you know, the Northeast Mississippi area is blessed with numerous high school teams that really play the game well and are very passionate about their […]

Do you have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Tupelo’s financial and budget leaders said last week the city has a $2.3 million surplus from fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30, with the money headed to the city’s capital projects budget. Mayor Jason Shelton said Tupelo created the surplus situation by pinching pennies and by cutting expenses at the same time. Most cities […]

Every time my family would get together for Thanksgiving dinner growing up, my dad would always makes it a point to get us to share what we were most grateful for in the past year. As a kid, and especially a teenager, I always found that to be one of my least favorite Guajardo family […]

Diplomatic negotiations on Syria got lost in the aftermath of the Paris attacks a week ago. But the talks have made surprising progress – and they may prove a crucial part of any successful strategy for combating terrorists from the Islamic State. Secretary of State John Kerry managed to gather all the major players – […]

United States needs to reassess its goals When President Obama started his terms one of the first things he did was take a world tour and apologize for things the American people did wrong. Now all he wants to do is take in all the people from all over the world who hate us and […]

The Islamic State’s ruthless murder of innocent civilians is a heartbreaking reminder of the hate that exists toward those of us that love freedom. Following the devastating attacks in Paris and Beirut that claimed nearly 200 lives, the message is loud and clear: We cannot let our guard down. • President Barack Obama should heed […]

One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next? The pace and threat of terror seem to have picked up, each incident feeding on the previous. Fear takes hold, momentum builds. Rhetoric flies in the face of reason, until all reason abandons the field. But then, how do you […]