At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past -- we're looking to the future. I'm not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born."
As sibling rivalries go, there are few more intense than the one between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Among Mississippi's abundant blessings -- and the state is abundantly blessed -- is sunshine.
I suspected Jane Goodall was dead, only to discover she is very much alive and, on April 3, celebrated her 81st birthday.
The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars.
The first Columbus Pilgrimage was held 75 years ago on April 14 through 16 in 1940. A Pilgrimage guidebook was published that contained a section called "Historical Highlights" of Columbus.
"Pat, sometimes it seems like our friends want me to go over the cliff with flags flying," President Reagan once told me. Today, it is "Bibi" Netanyahu and the neocons howling "kill the deal" and "bomb Iran" who are shoving the Republican Party toward the cliff. The question, which may decide 2016, may be framed thus: Should a Republican Congress meticulously point out the flaws and risks of this nuclear deal with Iran and, if the Iranians do cheat or attempt a breakout, be rewarded for their skepticism and statesmanship?
Next week is National Volunteer Week. Volunteer Starkville uses that week to hold an awards banquet to show appreciation for the copious hours spent by members of the community on causes they hold near and dear. Starkville is joined by co-host, the Maroon Volunteer Center, in sponsoring the event and recognizing MSU volunteers. Volunteer Columbus has a similar recognition luncheon for its cast of outstanding volunteers.
When Jim Borsig announced his decision to stay on as president of Mississippi University for Women during a speech at Poindexter Hall this morning, it may have appeared to be a bolt out of the blue for the audience.
Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.
The fact that the 2015 legislative session ended with the status quo having been maintained may be viewed as a victory of sorts -- but alas all indications are that it may be only a temporary reprieve. Just prior to the beginning of the session
University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones' announcement Thursday that he could not accept the offer of the state's Institutions of Higher Learning board for a limited contract without the possibility of further renewal was one side of a ragged and jarring conclusion in a two-way broken relationship that stirred widespread strong reactions.
The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.
The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don't know it yet.
Give McComb School District Superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis an "A" for enthusiasm, and if the district's innovative school at Summit works as he envisions it, give him an "A" there too.
On Friday, the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees is expected address a complaint from a parent of a New Hope High School freshman over a matter that has been debated for more than 40 years.
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