Nine years ago, comedian Seth Myers referred to the Mississippi Legislature as “30 possums hissin’ in a barn,” when it was revealed that what proved to be a clerical error meant Mississippi had not ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
Last week’s Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent resistance efforts by Ukrainian defenders of their homeland was neither unexpected nor particularly surprising to members of the Mississippi State University students and faculty who heard now-prophetic warnings of just such actions from former Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly during an August 2016 visit to Mississippi that brought the diplomat to the MSU campus.
Bobby Harrison: Want a $1,000 check? Lawmakers, flush with cash, could send you one instead of cutting taxes
When Mississippi politicians brag of their good stewardship of state funds leading to an unprecedented revenue surplus, they sound kind of like the turtle sitting on top of the fencepost bragging about how good a climber he is.
It’s Saturday, a week ago in Sim Scott Park, and five kids are arguing about who gets the shovel next.
I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me if this offends you, but there are some things only Jesus’ followers can know.
A person I’ve known for a long time was talking with me recently about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, particularly among Black people.
This is the way I remember the story. One day a young girl passed through the work room. She was wearing a military uniform; she was so slight a small breeze would surely blow her away. I wondered about the uniform so I asked.
My grandmother Lenore Hardy Billups majored in art at Newcomb College in New Orleans 1908-1913. In her desk I came across this invitation to a Mardi Gras ball at the French Opera House there.
About 10 years ago, I was working at a newspaper in a northeast Arkansas town. Given the nature of what I’m about to describe, I’ll refrain from identifying the place other than to say Joe Max Higgins knows exactly where it is.
Only 11 of the people who live in Columbus and Lowndes County are members of the city council or board of aldermen, but most of us should be able to relate to what these people are dealing with now.
Sid Salter: Randolph pushing for expansion of intervention courts as an alternative to incarceration
Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph believes that non-violent offenders who find themselves in trouble with the law over drugs, mental health issues or veterans’ issues should have alternatives available to them that eclipse the old “lock them up and throw away the key” variety.
Valentine wishes to you, a life of love and laughter. Valentine’s Day brings memories of poems we’ve all heard over a lifetime, “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you.” The original poem is attributed to Joseph Johnson compiled in an English nursery rhyme book titled “Gammer Gurton’s Garland 1784.”
House Clerk Andrew Ketchings has etched himself an entry in Mississippi’s history. His admission that he moved the controversial statue of white supremacist Mississippi politician Theodore Bilbo from public display in the state Capitol has earned the normally inconspicuous house clerk a mention in the history books.
In Columbus it is past time to place a historic marker at a known site that I have written about in the past and whose history has been documented by the late Sam Kaye, Carolyn Kaye, Gary Lancaster and myself.
It can be the slightest thing. A kid has an experience, seemingly insignificant at the time, and it turns out to be the spark that ignites a lifelong passion.
I would not be surprised if Anne Marshall feels sort of like John Adams or Buzz Aldrin or John Landry as she begins her new role as executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and its founding organization the Ulysses S. Grant Association.
Is Mississippi on solid fiscal footing for the future as the Republican leadership of both houses of the Mississippi Legislature take slightly different paths in their march toward a massive tax cut?
It’s been almost two years since we started mask wearing. I wondered if we’d move about like zombies unable to convey pleasantries by facial expressions. Could it be possible we may smile with our eyes? For months I wasn’t sure.
Next month the Preservation Society of Columbus will present its Pilgrimage Jubilee of Homes. With the interest in Columbus’ history that accompanies pilgrimage, the publication of a timeline of early Columbus history is in order.
On Thursday, Mississippi Today Capitol reporter Bobby Harrison reported that the bronze statue of Theodore Bilbo — perhaps the most notorious politician in Mississippi History — has gone missing from the Capitol building.