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Recent news that voter identification laws in several states have been struck down should give hope to Mississippians who feel they have been blocked from the political process. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court nullified a provision of the Voting Rights Act that previously protected minority groups from discriminatory practices. Mississippi is one of a […]

By Lena Mitchell Special to the Daily Journal IUKA – Throughout its 70 year history, the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association has sought to protect the interests of beef and cattle producers in the state. State association president Paul Whitlock attended the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s recent summer business meeting in Denver in the group’s ongoing efforts […]

We in the United States have lived through some historic – and for many life-altering – experiences this month. On June 3, social-political-sports icon Muhammed Ali died. Little more than a week later, on June 12, 49 people were shot and killed in Orlando, Florida, in the nation’s most deadly mass shooting. Ali’s life was […]

I don’t remember what I was watching on TV recently when I heard the phrase “strong is the new pretty.” However, it struck me as an extremely powerful and empowering message. On-screen images of women in print and video, advertising and entertainment, tend to project sexuality, even when the women are accomplished, intellectually gifted, and/or […]

How far will gun advocates go in their “keep your hands off my guns” quest? Northeast Mississippi judges and law enforcement personnel are worried that bills before the current legislative session will force them to allow guns and knives into courthouses and courtrooms, even when circuit and chancery court are in session. After Mississippi passed […]

I finally saw the latest Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” last weekend. My sister, who went with her sons to see it the first weekend it was in theaters, has been waiting for me to see it to discuss it in detail. Though she would not be considered a Star Wars geek, […]

Who knew that Sputnik Monroe, a wrestler well-known in the Memphis, Tennessee, area in the early 1960s, was a civil rights hero? After years of wrestling on the carnival circuit under several names, Monroe’s popularity reached its height in Memphis. Although he was known as a bad guy in the wrestling ring, before racial integration […]

Today’s hatemongers don’t consider U.S.-born Anglo terrorist shootings and bombings. Why is terrorism – that is, bombings and mass shootings – from people moving into the United States from other countries feared more than from people born right here in the U.S.A.? After all, we already have a reputation as the most violent industrialized nation […]

Why is it so hard to get people to use their seatbelts? Week after week as I hear and read about traffic fatalities in our region – many of them single-vehicle accidents – the victims of these fatalities are thrown from their vehicles and die at the scene of the accident. Sometimes it is reported […]

The Initiative 42 petition drive that began in the summer of 2014 was a carefully planned and executed grassroots effort to engage and inform parents and other education stakeholders about increasing funding for K-12 schools. Parents and others were eager to support the drive to guarantee some minimal level of funding to Mississippi’s local school […]