Mississippi is not a stranger when it comes to government action and subsidies to fight global warming. If you drive to Kemper County you can see the $5 billion power plant that has received federal help (taxpayer money) and aggressive state laws that take the burden of failure off the back of the utility company […]

When I was a kid, my dad and I watched “The Lone Ranger” and “The Cisco Kid” on Sunday mornings. I’m not a drummer – and never will be, according to a test in middle school – but I learned to beat out “The William Tell Overture” from listening to the intro to “The Lone […]

While thousands were touring Graceland during Elvis Week last month, a retired English professor from Baton Rouge sat at legendary Sun Studio and signed copies of her quiet but fascinating book. “I signed a book for a woman from Greece,” Barbara Barnes Sims said. “Leave Greece for Memphis in August?” It’s that kind of practical […]

Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges, whose enrollments grew at a brisk pace for several years after the turn of the millennium, have slowed in gaining additional students, and community colleges statewide actually have lost enrollment for four consecutive years. Those eight taxpayer-supported universities have a total of 79,909 students, an increase of 871 students, […]

The “indefinite suspension” of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who last spring testified to […]

“I want a cricket for Christmas.” Those were my wife’s first words the other morning.Crickets and their music are endearing at a distance on a summer night, but I reminded her of the couple of times we’d had a cricket in the house and how maddening its up-close chirps were – enough so that when […]

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Mississippi’s legislators, in the wake of 2014’s senatorial primary upheaval, will be asked during the 2015 session to consider election law reforms based on recommendations from a special statewide committee appointed Wednesday by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the state’s chief elections officer. Hosemann, who discussed his plans to name the committee in an Aug. […]

In the early 1990s the Legislature passed and then-Gov. Kirk Fordice signed into law a bill saying only 98 percent of the anticipated revenue “shall” be spent each year to fund the state budget. Policymakers decided the change was needed after a bad economic patch where revenue collections slowed leaving the state in a budget […]