It has been more than 400 years since Polonius, a character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, observed that “brevity is the soul of wit.” One-liners by comics still draw laughter and praise. There’s much to admire about concise communication. Always has been. There are no wasted words in the Ten Commandments, for example. Today, in the age […]

Don’t be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger. Why should anyone pay the slightest attention […]

Every US marriage is a legal entity As a native of Tupelo, I was disappointed to read Clay Foster’s article condemning our government’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. As the CEO/Publisher of the Journal, Foster has an ethical duty to avoid conflicts of interest. However, Foster has determined, in his role as CEO, to exclude […]

Did you participate in last week’s Tupelo Night Out event?




There was no shortage of good news in our area last week ranging from community members interacting with their neighbors to children learning to express themselves through poetry. Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week: • Thousands of Tupelo residents got out […]

In his satirical solution to Ireland’s prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: succulent 1-year-olds for dinner. His essay “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country …” was intended to […]

For years, communities, businesses, and consumers in southeast Mississippi have counted on Mississippi Power Company for far more than electricity. The company has been a valued partner in economic development projects, disaster recovery (especially after Katrina), fights to save military bases, and more. Further, company leaders frequently provide effective leadership for statewide initiatives. For Hattiesburg […]

The iniquity of the Amorites is now full As I viewed the front page of the June 30 Washington Post which showed our White House bathed in the colors of the gay pride movement in the background and two men and two women kissing each other in the foreground, I thought of the words of […]

Mississippians face substantial numbers of choices in both major parties’ first round of primary voting Aug. 4, two weeks from Tuesday. Many races near or at the top of the ticket have been quieter than in some past statewide election cycles because fewer challengers have taken on the daunting task of raising the large sums […]