• 0

STARKVILLE — It’s easy to blame the Mississippi Legislature for the state’s current prison system woes, but the truth is that such finger-pointing is inaccurate. The state’s current prison mess has been at least 25 years in the making.

  • 0

OXFORD —The likely November rematch between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy for one of Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seats is a reminder that Mississippi lacks the power it once had at the nation’s Capitol.

  • 0

JACKSON — Mississippi has a lot of wonderful people. One of them is Sam Polles, 27-year executive director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

  • 0

Mississippi traditionally leads the nation in health professional shortage areas, which means that we do not have enough health-care providers for the population. One notable inclusion to this health disparity is the lack of dental coverage, especially in rural areas.

  • 0

MERIDIAN — Mississippi’s prison crisis is about to teach new legislators a hard lesson.

  • 0

RIDGELAND — In October 1982, I made a long-awaited pilgrimage to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. After touring the house, I walked with others to his gravesite.

  • 0

STARKVILLE — Tuesday’s inauguration of newly minted Republican Gov. Tate Reeves ends a 33-year career in public service in Mississippi by his predecessor, former Gov. Phil Bryant. Or does it?

  • 1

COLUMBIA — Sid Salter makes some good points about outgoing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s affability, which has served him well in working with legislators and state business leaders, and the stronger economy in the state now than when Bryant took office eight years ago.

  • 0

OXFORD — Many Mississippians, if given a Mississippi history test, would be just as apt to win the new Mississippi lottery as to identify Neilah Massey Bailey.

  • 0

The Leflore County Board of Supervisors has been spending a lot of time talking about garbage over the past year.

  • 0

COLUMBIA — The South’s population grew faster than any other region from 2018 to 2019, census estimates released last week show, driven by migration from colder, more expensive Northern states.

  • 1

JACKSON — The recent rise in violence from Parchman and other prisons has become a leading issue of the day in Mississippi. Right in time for the start of the 2020 legislative session.

  • 0

STARKVILLE — State voters in 2019 chose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer along with significant turnover in both the state House and Senate.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

COLUMBIA — Proximity is one of the standards of newsworthiness. That is, the closer you are to the topic, the more interested you are in it. That can be physical proximity — if you live in Columbia something that happens in this city is bigger news to you than if it happens in Sumrall — but …

JACKSON — This New Year’s brings a new decade. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. It goes by fast.

JACKSON — The last time the Mississippi Legislature overrode a veto was 2002. Democrat Ronnie Musgrove was governor. Democrats held a majority in the House and Senate, yet the required two-thirds majority in both chambers voted to overturn Musgrove’s vetoes — four times in 2002.

OXFORD — Reading aloud the newspaper headline, “House votes to impeach Trump,” my wife said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

JACKSON — In Chapter Five of the book of Acts in the Bible, there is a story that all Christians should hold dear to their hearts and non-believers should ponder carefully.

If you have not seen Greenwood Little Theatre’s production of “Annie,” don’t miss your last two opportunities this weekend.

JACKSON — Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who is the governor-elect, are touting Mississippi’s brand new lottery.

WINONA — From our national parks to our seashores, Mississippi is a Southern gem. While gray, concrete buildings paint the backgrounds of many of our nation’s cities, our state’s untouched and pristine natural landscapes have made us one of the country’s top destinations.

COLUMBIA — Has anyone else noticed that nurses now seem more interested in inputting data into their electronic devices when you talk with them than listening to what’s wrong with you?

JACKSON — When the crack cocaine epidemic hit the nation and Jackson in the early 1990s, it was a shock to our society. Gangs increased. Property crimes increased. Addiction increased. Violent crimes increased. The attitude was “Lock ’em up,” and I was among those leading the charge.

NORTH CARROLLTON — We began going through the Christmas decorations in the shop at North Carrollton City Hall back in October to make needed repairs and additions ahead of the 21st annual Carrollton/North Carrollton Christmas Parade.

OXFORD — A telecommunications company’s venture into home health care brings to mind a day when physicians made house calls and there was no Medicare or Medicaid to pay for it.

When Mississippi lawmakers in the early 1990s grudgingly approved a process for citizen-led initiatives, they made sure it wouldn’t be easy to do.

MERIDIAN — Conservatives regularly cite transparency and efficiency as goals to make government smaller and better. Too often, though, said conservatives do not deliver on these goals.

COLUMBIA — Here’s some investment advice, absolutely free for you to use to build your personal wealth: Do not throw away your money in the lottery.

JACKSON — Today’s technology has helped usher in what is commonly referred to as the sharing economy. This is a broad term we use for an economic system where services are provided in exchange for a fee, via a third-party facilitator.

MERIDIAN — As we adults bumble into this Christmas season (Advent started Dec. 1), some of our attention should turn toward our behavior and that of our favorite leaders.

STARKVILLE – The Great Assumption in Mississippi politics has long been that race is the lowest common denominator. For good or ill, it is undeniable that this assumption is the basis for how political campaigns are operated, for the crafting of political messaging, and for the evolution of …

OXFORD — Billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and Mississippi policymakers are poles apart philosophically, but they have one thing in common.

JACKSON — U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan of the Southern District of Mississippi at some point will either throw out the lawsuit challenging the legality of provisions of the Mississippi Constitution requiring the state House in some instances to decide statewide elections or he will hold…

Put a fork in ’em. The Democrats are done as a statewide force in Mississippi, and it may take a generation or longer before that changes.

STARKVILLE — As a longtime state lottery supporter, I quietly celebrated the official beginning Monday of Mississippi’s entry into this form of raising state revenue as a small victory over the notion of Mississippi continuing to shoot itself in the foot through senseless and unjustifiable l…

JACKSON — Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy that “states that thoughts, feelings and behavior are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behavior,…

MADISON — We shouldn’t limit being thankful to the last Thursday in November, especially in America.

OXFORD — I used to have a framed copy of this quote on my office wall: “It’s a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell.”

MERIDIAN — Single moms living in poverty and children born into those households didn’t capture much attention in recent statewide elections. Trends suggest paying attention might be very important.

STARKVILLE — Mississippi House Speaker William J. “Billy” McCoy was a second-generation state lawmaker, a college-educated vocational agriculture teacher, a Farmers Home Administration loan officer and briefly an auditor for the state — and yes, he was a farmer and one of his family’s succes…

JACKSON — Back in the 1930s and 1940s, most doctors visited sick patients in their homes with hands-on diagnosis and prescriptions for maladies ranging from a sore throat and the common cold to pneumonia.

MADISON — A black cat wandered onto the field at MetLife Stadium last week, briefly delaying the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

JACKSON — Mississippi’s local and state elections are done for another four years. The Republican Party stays in power.

STARKVILLE — Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves won a solid general election victory over Democratic nominee Jim Hood and two minor party candidates in a race that was projected to be much tighter.

Before Chris Epps got exposed for being a crook, the former Mississippi corrections commissioner made a lot of sense when he talked about finding the right balance between the crimes committed and the punishments doled out for them.

MERIDIAN — And you thought the IHL Board hiring of the new chancellor at Ole Miss was chaotic?

MADISON — President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are in the basement, and he could be impeached.

STARKVILLE — After many months of speeches, political ads, TV & radio commercials and social media propaganda, trying to have a serious discussion of education funding in Mississippi is in great measure a fool’s errand and an errand that is dependent on one’s world view.

OXFORD — Halloween is over for another year, but I was reminded last week of something scarier than people dressed up as goblins.

Mississippi’s Department of Education has a history of puffing up this state’s academic achievements with selective statistical analysis and watered-down standards.

MERIDIAN — The key election for Mississippi Republicans on Nov. 5 is not the race for governor. Rather it is the race for lieutenant governor.