It’s just about the time of year for graduation speeches. Speakers will pass along sage advice and hoped-for inspiration to graduates who yearn for speech brevity. Many speakers will tell students that they should find their passion and get a job doing what they love. That sounds good, but perhaps the more practical advice would […]

I have some more friendly but important advice for you, Mr. President. It’s not about your itchy Twitter finger or your golf game. My advice is purely political and it’s based on several decades of watching and working with my father. If you want to achieve two of the most important goals of your new […]

Officials need to be held accountable On Feb. 25, about 150 people gathered in Oxford for a town hall meeting with Rep. Trent Kelly. Kelly had been invited, but didn’t show up. Not only that, he didn’t even bother to respond to these citizens who gave up their Saturday morning (people came from Hernando, Iuka, […]

The cost of college is on the rise again. The College Board on Thursday approved increases in tuition at Mississippi’s eight public universities, according to Jeff Amy of the Associated Press. The statewide average for two semesters of full-time tuition and fees will rise by an average of $463 to $7,491. That’s an increase of […]

Of all the characters I’ve come to know in almost four decades of writing about Mississippi politics, none is more memorable than State Rep. Steve Holland, the Democrat from Plantersville. Holland, 61, made public that he has been diagnosed with dementia and plans to retire at the end of his current term. That plan accomplished, […]

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government. “We Republicans have campaigned for many, many years that we are for living within our means, we are for controlling spending, we are for reducing the size of government,” Gunn told reporters […]

Region’s commitment to education should be commended As the nation celebrates Community College Month during April, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Itawamba Community College to express our appreciation for your commitment to education, which will equip not only today’s youth but also adults with the foundation to ensure a better […]

Former professional football player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide this week while in prison for killing semipro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was also indicted for a 2012 double homicide, for which he was found not guilty. One of the youngest players ever to enter the NFL draft, the All American tight end played with quarterback […]

They are dangling from a fence next to the Mockingbird Cafe, where, yes, healthy sandwiches are named for Scout and Atticus. Clothespins are holding a string of postcards, each of them fronted by different artists’ whimsical renditions of animals. On the back is a poem, carefully typed and then glued on the side where an […]