Lt. Ronnie Partlow of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department is a burly, tough-looking guy you wouldn’t want to go up against. But he’s got a soft spot – or better stated, a big heart – for kids in trouble with the law. He’s director of the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center, and that big heart […]

The West has made NATO’s military alliance the heart of its response to Russia’s power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more like paramilitary “covert action” than conventional military force. Putin, the former KGB officer, may in […]

Who doesn’t love springtime? For sports fans so much is going on. Baseball season begins, The Masters tournament in Augusta has started and the Final Four ended a long winter of college basketball. For the green thumbs among us, spring represents another challenge, and that is to make that lawn and garden as healthy and […]

Dave Camp had a secret. The House Ways and Means Committee chairman was ready to send the panel’s files on former IRS official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for a possible prosecution, a handover that could have been accomplished with a simple phone call to the attorney general. Instead, Camp put on a show. […]

It’s 1 a.m. and sleep won’t come. I make coffee, and settle in with a book of Wendell Berry poems. Berry is a Kentuckian, one of many accomplished “Southron” poets from the Dark and Bloody Ground, and a fine heir to the tradition of the Vanderbilt Agrarians. His vivid verbal imagery, irrepressible optimism, and Jeffersonian […]

Thank legislators who voted against vouchers I want to publicly thank all the lawmakers who voted against the special education voucher bill this session. The vote being so close was shocking. We are just shaking our heads seeing people who should know better get so easily bamboozled. The bill was clearly folks with an agenda […]

Holy Week, which begins Sunday and unfolds toward Easter, requires a choice on the rugged road that passes by the cross, the universal symbol of Christian faith and experience. After the scriptural narrative describes the welcoming crowds on what history has named Palm Sunday, the situation turns uglier and darker for those who believe that […]

As the Mississippi legislative session closes, political eyes are watching the U.S. Senate race. Not only are Mississippians watching this race, but political observers from all over the nation. Nationally known Tea Party-backed groups are sending money and political ground troops into the state to back state Sen. Chris McDaniel as he challenges U.S. Sen. […]

I have a herniated disc in my neck, and pain’s been shooting down my right arm for about two weeks. I’m not looking for sympathy. It’s just that this has been the dominant thing on my mind. It isn’t a big deal in the Grand Scheme of Things because I have access to 21st century […]