Following a personal discipline of time set aside for meditation, prayer and reflection during Lent, the weeks before Easter, usually involves listening, reading, and, in the process, learning what we have not known or clearly understood. Henri Nouwen, the priest and noted author of devotional literature, said of pilgrims, “When we are baptised in the […]

I write this confession at the risk of this column sounding like a sad country music song. I make this confession: Leaving Tupelo was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. If you don’t believe me, ask Tupelo City Clerk Kim Hanna about me sharing news of my imminent departure in October. Ask her […]

A newspaper like the Mighty Daily Journal isn’t only concerned with news. Sure, we like to get you the latest information, so we go to council meetings and visit the jail. We’ve got our man in Jackson to keep track of the Legislature. We care about news, but we’re also here to tell Northeast Mississippi’s […]

If you need a jump-start on spring, this is the place. The sun striping through a cloud filter lights up the ocean like a Sunday-school painting of Jesus ascending. Birds chirp. Mothers push baby buggies the size of my first Volkswagen. Spring-break plungers are testing the still-cold Mississippi Sound, youngsters too pressed for time to […]

The continuing struggle of cities and counties to access enough money to meet surface transportation needs would be partially resolved if a funds accessibility bill jointly filed this week by U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, were enacted. Wicker and Booker filed the bill last year but it died in process. […]

This week is “Sunshine Week,” a nonprofit, nonpartisan national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to “promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.” What better time to focus on a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that allows the Financial Stability Oversight Council to designate companies it […]

I found myself mumbling an old Chipmunks tune, albeit with modified lyrics. “Please, springtime, don’t be late,” I hummed. Too late for it not to be late. I shall forgo complaining and instead highlight my great fortitude in not giving in to the temptation to note that it has been a long, cold winter on […]

The Republican leadership and a majority of GOP members in the Mississippi Legislature have tossed aside proposal after proposal over a span of years to incrementally phase in full funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which they have voted to underfund by more than $200 million for the 2016 budget year. The shortfall makes […]

Time will tell if the Legislature ever eliminates the rule it passed during the opening days of term in 2012 to essentially remove any input the average member has in the budgeting process. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves pushed through the rules change during the opening day of their […]