I wonder if “lowest common denominator” shows up in the Common Core State Standards? Well, it probably shows up in the math standards since that’s how you add fractions. But it ought to be highlighted in the language standards, too, since that’s the level of most political language today, particularly in Mississippi. “Something of small […]

Thirty years ago, Mississippi’s public education governance moved from a highly politicized elected statewide superintendent to an appointed, Senate-confirmed Board of Education, which then chooses the state superintendent of education, a vastly better process. The change from an often-polarizing, personality-centered elected superintendent to a professionally qualified superintendent chosen in an executive process had strong bipartisan […]

It’s a testament to how much politics and political campaigns have changed that in Thad Cochran’s first race for the U.S. Senate, another reporter and I spent the last week of the campaign in close quarters all day, for several days, with him and his wife, Rose. We traveled in a small campaign van, chatting […]

Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel that he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat the Islamic State: Iran is a silent partner in Iraq but a potential adversary in Syria and elsewhere; Turkey and Saudi Arabia are crucial allies, but skittish and self-interested ones; the very map of battle is uncertain, […]

Common Core can’t be worse than now Common Core has been called, by J. Mader, a “federal curriculum,” the “end of literature lessons” and here in Mississippi a “Muslim takeover of schools.” It is comprised of a “set of math and English language arts standards” that indicate what particular skills “students should be expected to […]

Saturday morning and the wife has gone to the son’s home to help out. Broken families were always something that happened to other families, and we’re still learning our way around this feature of contemporary society. A dad with a young daughter needs all the help he can get. Beautiful morning, but it’s too chilly […]

If America’s long-term economic growth were 3.5 percent, the result would be the restoration of cheerfulness. If long-term growth is closer to 2 percent, the result will be continuing social disappointment and political crankiness. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, did his considerable best to deliver the indispensable igniter […]

“Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him Nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away When He comes to reign: In the bleak mid-winter A stable-place sufficed The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. … What can I give Him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb; If I […]

None of us Mississippians would ever mistake Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul as a paragon of liberal ideology, yet here the Tea Party darling was in Mississippi last week, sounding more like a “hands up, don’t shoot” protestor, than like his host, Gov. Phil Bryant. Paul lamented the increasing lack of confidence in our country’s […]