Why someone wants to throw their hat in the ring and become a public servant has never made a lot of sense to me. Most public posts don’t really pay that well and the heartache and grief you take from John Q. Public and Jane Q. Citizen take their toll on a mind and body. […]
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It is comforting to have a cultural anchor giving a sense of continuity with the past. Give thanks, Dear Hearts, here in Mississippi we have our legislature. We may ridicule it, but perhaps we underestimate it. They have their moments—none more shining than the recent dispensation of the “Common Core” controversy. “You don’t like Common […]
Sara and I will exchange Valentine cards this weekend. I’ll put hers on the kitchen table propped up by a little something sweet, shiny or with the appropriate red bloom. She has always stuck mine on the mirror in our bathroom. We’ll find them and smile as we use sleepy fingers to tear it open. […]
Dear Editor, In the lives of politicians, many will articulate one thing and perform another, just to get elected to office. Many, when in office will do what they think is best but not the will of the citizens and to me the legislators in Jackson are doing the will of self and not the […]
Dear Editor, In response to the outcry from parents of children with special needs, we have proposed creating an Office of Education Special Needs Counsel (HB 649) to provide legal representation to families securing special education services. Over the last year, we have talked with and listened to parents explain the problems they face and […]
Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five second […]
Dear Editor, As the Houston School District Board of Education begins the search for a new superintendent, we would love to encourage the input of the community, our district staff, and the families of our students. We have set up two ways to hear from you. First, we encourage everyone to fill out a survey […]
Time and again, the thought has occurred to me – usually as some cannot-carry-a-tune-in-a-bucket singer with a repertoire of hackneyed journeyman tunes describes himself as an “artist” to a reporter: “When did singers become ‘artists’?” Well, usage and styles change. If Oxford American can accept anyone “who practices any of the various creative arts” as […]
Dear Editor, When I became an educator, I devoted my life to advocate on behalf of students. However, House Bill 449 seems to be an attempt to silence educators, to prevent us from actively participating in our American democracy as we advocate on behalf of our students. A proposed bill that Rep. John Moore, chair […]
Dear Editor, In 1960, after nine years in the desegregated military, I came back to Mississippi with a plan to destroy the system of white supremacy. Today, 55 years later, in Mississippi, we have a moral breakdown in the black family, in the black neighborhood, in the black community and especially in our public education […]
It is the greatest reflection of our culture. The Super Bowl kicks off Sunday. I hope your team wins. There is no other game like football. I didn’t really like it as a teenager. It hurt. The men were vile and cruel and really didn’t care a lot about me unless I could take this […]
Last week, a majority of the Mississippi Legislature – 94 representatives and senators – turned their backs on the needs of their local schools and the students who attend these schools and the communities who depend on these schools. How did they do that? Simple, they put politics before children and their future. At issue […]
Mississippi summers deserve their vicious reputation, but Mississippi winters can really be beautiful. No bugs, no poison ivy, the kids stay inside and there is not a lot going on as event organizers worry about a change in the weather. But if we could predict with accuracy the kind of weather we had this past […]
Greetings, two weeks ago while seeking a treatment for shortness of breath and what I thought was pleurisy, it was discovered that I have lung cancer. We know nothing about malignancy, what type it is or anything about its treatment. This week we are the process of collecting data, opinions, and plans of treatment. We […]
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