It’s a long-established fact that high expectations by the community are critical for a public school system to flourish. But those high expectations can’t exist in a vacuum if the schools are to succeed in providing the best possible education. It’s just as important that they be accompanied by a level of financial support that […]

In 2013, the Census Bureau reports in their Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement that about 500,000 Mississippians or around 17.1 percent don’t have health insurance of any kind. Nothing. The report found that the number of uninsured Mississippians had climbed by about 2,000 since 2012. Here, in bureaucratese, is how the government […]

The more tidbits of information seep from the walls of Natchez Regional Medical Center, the more disappointed I become in the people at the center of the hospital’s leadership and the so-called experts purportedly helping guide the hospital out of its mess. Several Natchez Regional employees recently explained on a condition of anonymity how ridiculously […]

Public places must have public restrooms How many times have you been in this situation? You are out shopping and you or your child MUST go to the restroom? The business you are in has a sign that reads “No Public Restrooms”? Even in an Emergency, they say no. I had this happen in a […]

The Natchez Trace Parkway, in partnership with the independent Natchez Trace Parkway Association and the Adventure Cycling Association, has scheduled three meetings this week in the three “geographic” divisions of the 444-mile parkway to add emphasis and education to safety concerns rising from recent deaths on the famous route. The deaths of bicyclists (a sector […]

In the same week that the new must-have iPhone 6 was all the buzz, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal about a quaint relic of the past: book clubs. Only these were not elderly ladies gathering over chicken salad to talk a little about a book they’d already read, mainly as an excuse […]

The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam – by underestimating the enemy’s will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Clapper’s comments came in a telephone interview Wednesday, in which he summarized the elements of a new “National Intelligence Strategy” released […]

Making choices may be too late Most people take a rational approach to making difficult decisions, especially decisions that will have lasting impacts on themselves or others. For instance, when facing decisions concerning surgery, they will often compare doctors, hospitals, and costs before committing themselves or their loved ones to health or even life threatening […]