The juxtaposition of the Justice Department's damning Ferguson report and President Obama's fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly have found it providential, so I'll go with that.
I was part of the fortunate audience this past week who saw the Columbus Arts Council Community Theatre production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," part of the Big Read event for the past several months sponsored by the CAC and the National Endowment of the Arts.
What part of the Constitution are the power brokers of both parties using to governing the country? From the lobbyists to the political power brokers, "we the people" have lost our voice. The president has his phone and his "Bic" pen to issue executive orders.
It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure.
I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.
After initial reports that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott had been injured in a confrontation while attending a concert in Panama City Beach, Florida on Monday, a lot of people waited for the other shoe to drop.
"At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act.
Every once in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look smarter than you are. Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.
Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.
America, we have a problem.
For the second time in a week the ground was covered with snow and ice. The first storm left mounds of snow covering outbuildings, vehicles and piling right up to the lake water's edge. The pristine snow made the white ducks look dingy.
Every year when I go to the courthouse to purchase my car tag, I get upset. Why? I am a veteran of the Vietnam era, and I pay the extra $30 to proudly display my veteran tag. Why should I have to pay an extra $30? Haven't I and my brothers and sisters who have served already paid that price!
People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.
Americans are again hearing debate on TV and in the print media -- including Time magazine -- about whether the U.S. should send ground troops to Iraq to fight ISIS. I do not think America should go in again.
Ed Phillips looked like a man you might have seen sauntering down the gangplank of a Mississippi riverboat at the foot of Canal Street sometime in the mid-1800s. Barrel chested, uncommonly handsome and with a voice that rumbled like distant thunder, Ed would have been a more-than-adequate stand-in for Clark Gable in that actor's most memorable role. Ed died Saturday a week ago. He was 80.
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