It seems that more businesses and the government itself are adding fees to our purchases. It’s no wonder. Adding fees to the price of a product or service is one way of raising revenue without raising the so-called price. This issue really hit home when I received my latest bill from the company that delivers […]

Last weekend, while playing full-time Papa, I learned a lot of things from the grandkids. For instance: • Tomatoes are made out of ketchup. • Potato chips are made out of potatoes. And chips. • “Fall comes after summer” can be an accusation, not just a declaration. • Animal sounds are almost as funny as […]

Tupelo Police praised for help with funeral In this day and age, it appears that the police get lambasted from all sides for trying to do what has to be one of the hardest and most thankless jobs in the world. Well, I’m not going to lambast but praise the Tupelo Police Department. My wife […]

Two permitted demonstrations in Tupelo on Saturday will give voice and substance to First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly, with the two groups expressing opposing views intertwined with the shooting death of an African-American man who fled from Tupelo police during a traffic stop, as well as other police shootings across the country. […]

When Cecil Brown says as he did last week in a guest column that the state budget is a “mess” you’d better get worried. A Democrat, Brown is now a state Public Service Commissioner. Formerly he served as state fiscal officer until he won a seat in the Legislature in 1999 where for 16 years […]

Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long – 75 minutes – and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One’s voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to be made whether the volume is low or high. His adult children are […]

Mississippi’s continuing refusal at the legislative level to fund public education at an optimum level has inspired a group of parents statewide to form the Mississippi Public Education Political Action Committee, a first in our state. The PAC is non-partisan and solely focused on a mission to recommend and elect pro-public education candidates to the […]

The e-mails that came to light in recent days about the input of certain conservative Christian groups in the passage of anti-gay marriage legislation during the 2016 session is enlightening. The e-mails showed that, for instance, the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom worked hand-in-glove with Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi political leaders passing the legislation […]

It’s official. In a ceremony held last week in Washington the Guinness World Records folks presented the New Horizons mission team with a certificate officially certifying that the group overseeing the spacecraft which arrived a year ago at Pluto had established a new world record although, in this case, it should probably have declared it […]