Newspapers are businesses like no other. While other employers contribute to community life, newspapers, when operating at their best, are centers for community conversation and drive the quality of community life.
Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi's Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated.
Mississippi could use more leaders like Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher. He says what he thinks, does what he says he is going to do.
It's the season for storms to line up in the Atlantic and Pacific, seeming to take aim.
Long before there was a mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty, it was clear Capt. Bligh was unfit. As tensions built, the choice for his officers and crew became increasingly clear: (1) tough it out or (2) risk being hanged for deciding enough was enough.
Jean-Baptiste Colbert was finance minister for French monarch Louis XIV. His best quote: "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing."
Media folk are rankled because the President of the United States identifies us as "enemies of the American people."
After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, "We've got to cut back. We're spending more than we have."
OK, well, so no one is going to prison over "roadgate."
As things stood, there was no red meat on the table if, as expected, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves squared off with Attorney General Jim Hood in next year's contest to be governor of Mississippi.
When governor, Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature. He defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor silly who tried to thwart their wishes.
Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people -- those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases -- are going to be hit up for another $100 million every year.
Did a teacher make you memorize the Declaration of Independence, or at least the first few paragraphs?
What do Oxford and Starkville have in common? Both were -- or almost were -- players in determining the future of the European Union, thereby exerting influence over some of the largest and oldest economies in the world.
Some protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission contend the 7-2 decision proved the justices hate gays.
The longer it's around, the more it appears social media has the wrong name. It's really antisocial media.
Be assured this is not a rant about mom, dad, Junior and Sis sitting at a table each engaged on his or her mobile device. It's not even a lament of all the visceral comments people make, anonymously or otherwise, on Facebook or Twitter. All of that is real, of course, but it's old news.
Will Morgan Freeman be the person who brings perspective to the conversation? If so, that would be a good thing.
Bennie Thompson and Mike Espy are African-American men. That's what they have in common. Other than both being members of the Democratic Party, that's about all they have in common.
On the day Donald Trump was elected, a 20-gallon tank of gas cost a Mississippi driver $36. Today, The American Automobile Associations says that same 20 gallons costs $52.
Yes, we're talking about the heirs of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart -- the mega-company that assorted interest groups and media types love to hate.
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