Crawford’s wrong about customers’ obligations In response to the Bill Crawford column, July 20, 2015: Misinformation is the worst kind. Mississippi Power used to be a beloved part of South Mississippi. However their corporate culture has transformed itself over the past few years. In the past it did not threaten its customers, subject its customers […]

Mary Thomas read the following to the Tupelo City Council during Tuesday night’s session. The scene gave me pause: An elderly African American gentleman was pushing whom I assumed to be his grandson on the merry-go-round at Fairpark. Generations apart, they both played under the shadow of Mississippi’s state flag. The more things change, the […]

It is becoming more and more incessant and unavoidable, this constant barrage of news stories, commentaries and opinion pieces related to the confluence of race, politics and violence: • Donald Trump sensationalizing for his own political purposes a California woman’s murder by an illegal immigrant. • Members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement shouting down […]

One of the quandaries posed by being both an American and a Christian is that of divided loyalties. The American Dream, as it is popularly portrayed, has much to do with accomplishment, acquisition and acclaim – a good education, an attractive spouse, a fulfilling and remunerative career, a succession of increasingly luxurious homes in increasingly […]

In May of 2000, I was in school and working part time for the Oxford Eagle, my hometown newspaper. I was mostly covering sports, but I also did some news reporting, and I always kept an eye out for a good story. One sizzling hot day, as I was driving along University Avenue, I saw […]

In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” pop psychologist Steven Covey describes two circles: • The Circle of Concern includes everything that matters to you in one way or another – the good, the bad, the infantile. • Next comes The Circle of Influence, which is where you’ll find the stuff you can do […]

It was already South Georgia hot in the early morning when we buried my mother in her hometown of Colquitt last week. We fought back tears and fought off gnats as a man with a low, sweet voice picked and sang “Farther Along,” the old hymn she used to hum when she rocked my baby […]

Tupelo High School’s initiation of dual-credit military science classes provides another link for college credits transferable to any accredited school. The Reserve Officer Training Corps historically has been a significant development mechanism for recruiting officers into all the military branches outside the traditional military academy pathway. In Mississippi, ROTC options are offered at the public […]

At his press conference last Wednesday, our president of self-regard again linked himself with Ronald Reagan, seeking to equate his supposed success in gaining a deal with Iran not to build a nuclear weapon for 10 years to Reagan’s arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. There is at least one major difference, which causes […]