There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.
This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.
We have another holiday and another opportunity for a long weekend with maybe a cookout to celebrate an end to the school year or just a good day to sleep in.
When they cranked their patrol cars to start their shifts on the Saturday night before Mother's Day, Hattiesburg policemen Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate knew he was out there.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.
On a recent morning around 6 o'clock, a black rooster on the front porch of the house across the street from Miracle Valley Holy Ghost Temple of Deliverance hopped up on the railing and began to crow.
There should be NC-17 stickers on B.B. King albums. Maybe even NC-30 stickers.
There are two kinds of people who grow up in a small town: those who embrace it and can't envision any better life anywhere else than home or those who can't wait to get away to a bigger and supposedly more exciting world.
People know what "sexist" means. A sexist believes people of the opposite gender are inferior. A policy or law is sexist it if is based on this belief.
This time of year I find it hard to do anything but work in the yard.
My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.
"Things are seldom as they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream." -- Mark Landis quoting Gilbert and Sullivan It doesn't happen often, but every now and then the gods offer up someone who is doing something for which there is no precedent. Because we've not seen it before, we are not sure how to react and acceptance varies, sometimes to the extreme. Take Mark Landis, for example.
Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so difficult? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. "His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities," said Bryant.
When I lived in Dallas, Texas, back when men were men and women ran the state, Jim Wright was a big name who cast a very big shadow across the metroplex of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Tuesday, the Columbus Rotary Club held its Lowndes Young Leaders program at Lion Hill Center, where the group honored the graduating class 10th-graders from schools throughout the county.
'Tis the season for family reunions and camping. My mother's family, the Newmans, gather in Natchez where the family home is located and still occupied by a fourth-generation Newman.
I did not know I stuttered until the fourth grade.
There is nothing like a good front porch in the spring and summer.
It's a glorious day. The sun is finally shining and the temperature is still mild. The air is softly scented with the wildness of privet hedge and honeysuckle.
There were just too many of them and far too few of us. We couldn't stop them.