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Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program received a major shot in the arm last week with a “notice to proceed” issued by the Mississippi...
These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in “The Crisis” on Dec. 23, 1776. He was recruiting citizens to fight for the Creator-endowed unalienable rights of all men to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence. Just over 12 years later, on March 4, […]
Oxford school board seeks defeat of some legislation There are several troubling education bills being considered during the current legislative session that would be detrimental to the Oxford School District and to public education in Mississippi. We, as Oxford School Board members, are concerned about them. HB 1476 is the Mississippi Adequate Education (MAEP) funding […]
OK! I am confused. The Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate have passed bills creating a way for parents of various special-needs students to receive $6,000 from the state for education purposes. Sounds reasonable at first read but then the questions begin: • Who identifies the students and how? • What if some students, such […]
How important is improved teacher pay to academic performance in Mississippi’s schools?
The Legislature recessed for the weekend looking ahead to a growing number of surviving, important bills, among them proposals that would at least begin to discourage texting and driving in Mississippi with fines imposed when drivers are stopped for a moving violation. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature have passed proposals this session to ban […]
What an interesting political year 2014 is shaping up to be. No big story in the 1st Congressional District, where Alan Nunnelee gets a free pass in the primary and no major opposition in the general election. But even that development is interesting in itself, considering that Nunnelee hasn’t been a tea party favorite and […]
What Xi Jinping has accomplished over the past year doesn’t look like an old-fashioned Communist Party putsch. There aren’t red banners in the streets or blaring loudspeakers. But Chinese and Western analysts agree that Xi has achieved a remarkable consolidation of power. Since taking over as party chief in November 2012 and president last March, […]
What started out as typical day on a drive to Itta Bena, (a place that I had never visited before), turned into an amazing experience. It became a day and evening of learning, discovery, reflection and reaffirming my belief that all of us, working together, can make a difference in life. I drove around the […]
In today’s unforgiving politics, both parties often think: “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t darken our door again.” Ken Buck, however, had another idea. In 2010, he peeved national Republican leaders by seeking the Colorado party’s Senate nomination against a candidate preferred by those leaders. He won the primary but maladroit campaigning erased his […]