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A major theme at this weekend’s annual march in Greenwood to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a call for unity.

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If there’s anything positive about the recent violence in Mississippi prisons, it’s that the continuing news coverage makes it more likely that substantial assistance is coming soon.

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The best of Greenwood was on display last week. That’s always the case for the annual meeting of the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce. This year the event was held last Thursday at the Leflore County Civic Center.  Locals who display a strong commitment to the Greenwood-Leflore c…

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Mississippi Today recently published an in-depth look at the state’s restitution centers, or at least as in-depth as reporters can get without being let inside the four facilities, including one in Greenwood.

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Hooray for the Mississippi Board of Education in rejecting a recommendation that it eliminate the U.S. History exam from the state tests students are required to take.

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The banquet hall at the Country Club of Jackson was full last week to hear writer Andy McCarthy speak at a function hosted by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.

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Maybe The Associated Press knows something that nobody else does. That’s about the only way to explain the opening sentences to one of its stories that hit the wire earlier this week:

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Looking back on the eight-year tenure of Phil Bryant as Mississippi’s governor, the evaluation is mixed, as it probably is with anyone who holds public office for very long.

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Members of the Mississippi State Board of Health have sent out a letter urging people to vote against the medical marijuana constitutional amendment this coming November.

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Marriage is dead? Not in America” read the optimistic headline of a recent op-ed column by two individuals who keep tabs on this vitally important social institution.

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John Dowdy’s troubles with the state auditor probably won’t strengthen his chances of keeping his job as director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

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At the risk of irking Mississippi’s schoolteachers, we pose this question: If there is not enough money in the state treasury to both raise the pay of teachers and raise the pay of prison guards, which is more important right now?

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Here’s a grim report to start the new year from The Washington Post on the social and emotional well-being of Americans:

Litter is not just a big problem in Mississippi. Neighboring Alabama has more than its share of thoughtless residents and visitors who think the great outdoors makes a great trash can.

One of the reasons Joe Biden may not survive the long haul of the Democratic presidential nomination process is his regular failure to think through what he’s about to say.

When the United States ratified the 16th Amendment in 1913 allowing a federal income tax, the balance of power shifted from the states to the federal government. The power to tax is the power to dictate.

Incoming Gov. Tate Reeves has apparently decided to change the direction of several state agencies, including the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

There will be a lot of changes, starting next week, coming to the Mississippi Capitol.  Among them will be a new governor, a new lieutenant governor and several new committee chairs.

New Year’s Eve can be one of the more hazardous times to be out on the road. That’s because the end of a year usually brings an increase in inebriated drivers.

Falling ACT scores for Mississippi high schoolers further illustrate that the increase in graduation rates, so touted by education officials and politicians, is an illusion created by decreased standards rather than an actual improvement in what students are learning.

Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney in Jackson, wasn’t wrong when he complained a few days ago that judges release too many of the city’s violent offenders on bond and that city officials sometimes deny Jackson has a problem with crime, gangs and drugs.

A congressional effort to again make certain states, including Mississippi, preclear any election-related changes with the federal government before they are implemented is probably going nowhere.

For a good example of how the attendance at a college football game matters less than it used to, just watch a few minutes of almost any of this year’s bowl games.

It’s easy to be cynical and critical of the money machine that college sports has become. And it’s just as easy to cast a skeptical eye upon the players, coaches and the rest of the cast in our culture’s beloved sports drama.

In addition to Christmas spurring greater monetary generosity, it also stimulates a kinder, gentler spirit.

A great American died recently, one whom most of us have never heard of but whose work may have saved our lives or the lives of those near to us.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be de…

Anyone who believes that renewing a driver’s license in Mississippi is more difficult than it used to be has evidence now to support that opinion.

There was no drama in a day filled of repetitive speeches leading up to the foreordained impeachment this week of President Donald Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Earlier this week, we appealed for sponsors for the dozens of families and senior citizens who had not yet been spoken for in the Adopt-A-Family program that The Salvation Army and the Commonwealth conduct each Christmas season.

Many Mississippians, upon learning that a federal judge, citing health reasons, ordered the prison release of former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers, probably had a knee-jerk reaction along the lines of, “Why does this ripoff artist deserve such a break?”

For decades, Mississippi has tried — at least ostensibly — to shield its judiciary from partisan politics.

A number of prominent Republican candidates, including incoming Gov. Tate Reeves and incoming Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, spent this year’s election cycle talking about ambitious plans for raising teacher pay, to name one issue that will require an investment of more tax dollars.

In plenty of larger cities, alternative transportation methods, such as the online rental of a bicycle, are common. Vicksburg is about to try out something along these lines, discussing a pilot program with a Texas company that would make scooters available in that city’s downtown area.

If you’ve not already done your good deed for Christmas, or if you think you could do more, consider donating to the Adopt-A-Family program.

Robert J. Samuelson, an economics columnist for The Washington Post, suggested the perfect Christmas gift for somebody who has everything: the latest version of the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Here’s one of the most annoying things about President Trump: He is either incapable of making wise choices about whom to insult and whom to ignore — or worse, he is unwilling.

A family meal, once considered standard, has become far less commonplace in recent decades, probably due to more parents working — or both parents and children having too much else to do besides sitting down together.

There are too many tests. The tests aren’t a fair gauge of students, their teachers or their schools. The tests are racially biased. Some children just don’t test well.

Here’s some disappointing news from the American College of Gastroenterology: 15 million people experience heartburn, or acid indigestion, every day. The condition affects up to 60 million Americans every month, or almost 1 in every 5 of us.

For anybody who remembers the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing; or who is interested in the way law enforcement and the news media work during a crisis; or who simply likes the films of director Clint Eastwood, the new movie “Richard Jewell” ought to be worth a look.

Walmart’s critics are having a field day with the discovery of a poor attempt at humor on the retail giant’s website for Canadian shoppers.

The Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives seem determined to fast-track the impeachment of President Donald Trump, even while they know that, as it now stands, they are unlikely to get any Republican votes in their chamber nor secure a conviction in the Republican-controlle…

Honduran authorities say a television journalist was shot to death late last month shortly after leaving his station. Security spokesman Jair Meza Barahona says that José Arita was killed after leaving Channel 12 in the north coast city of Puerto Cortes. The initial investigation suggests th…

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy should pay back the $30,000 the state auditor says Dowdy owes for improper payments he received.

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released a new report of Mississippi's physician workforce. The gloomy report shows Mississippi to be 50th in the nation in active patient care physicians per capita. The report also shows 34 percent of the existing active care physicians in M…

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has got to be kidding himself if he thinks it’s a good idea for families to take more money out of their retirement savings to pay for college tuition.

It is amazing — and disturbing — how much people are willing to spend in the often fruitless pursuit of a championship-caliber college football team.

State Auditor Shad White, in a report last month, gave the Mississippi Legislature a good way to justify this year’s pay raise for teachers in public schools.

The four-day Thanksgiving weekend may not be the best time to point this out. But a study looking at six decades of data in the United States reports that overall life expectancy has declined in each of the past three years.

Unless you are an unforgiving Mississippi State fan, you have to feel a little sorry for Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore.

Government efficiency is usually an oxymoron — that is, if the government is running something, it’s not likely to be very efficient.

Because so much of retail spending occurs during the Christmas shopping season, this is the time to remind people to try to do as much of their holiday gift buying as they can with their hometown merchants.

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Randolph is on a campaign to secure more funding for the state’s drug courts, which he says have shown outstanding success in addressing one of society’s most vexing problems.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has an excellent record of preserving the state’s history. But in considering a closed Jackson motel for a historic landmark designation, the agency is missing the mark.

Excuse us if we are not as excited as some about the start this week of the Mississippi Lottery.