There was a time in America, unknown or not experienced by people under the age of 50, when politics was a contact sport played with mostly accepted rules and the equivalent of “sportsmanship.” Losers would graciously concede and wish the victor well, in most cases vowing to work with him or…

I am now into my 74th journey around our neighborhood star. By any objective measure, I am an old man. As you might expect, the status comes with a host of disagreeable side effects ranging from the mildly annoying to major irritations. Nevertheless, candor compels me to admit that being old…

While 2020 has delivered a quagmire of complexities from fires to hurricanes to the present pandemic, it also begs to question humanity’s role. While mankind is often considered to have inherited the Earth, many people do not recognize that the inheritance is more of a legacy rental agreemen…

Paul Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has just published “The Devil and Karl Marx,” a careful look at the diabolical side of Karl Marx. The book has come out during an important time in our history since so many Americans, parti…

As I write this, the gulf tropical storm is now determined to be hurricane strength. Hurricane Sally formed earlier this morning and appeared to shift east, placing Mississippi’s and Alabama’s entire coasts under a hurricane warning while veering away from Louisiana, where the southwest coas…

The Trump-Russia investigation effectively ended on July 24, 2019, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill. Mueller’s halting presentation of his 400-plus-page report troubled both Republicans and Democrats. But of greater concern was this fact: After two years of in…

The cable networks, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but the Atlantic magazine piece by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are “losers” and “suckers.” The comments allegedly were made two years ago during the pres…

While working through our renovation time here at the Oren Dunn City Museum, I’ve been reading about specific eras in the Tupelo story. Most recently, I’ve burrowed down into the Civil War with emphasis on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg.

COVID-19 has tested the entire world. It has challenged citizens’ concepts of health and safety as well as reframed communications and interactions. Nowhere is this more apparent than within the context of the typical American classroom. While teachers have always been tasked with teaching c…

As the $3 billion stimulus impact provided by Congress winds down, businesses spend out their Paycheck Protection Program loans, and the extra $600 in weekly unemployment payments ends, is Mississippi’s economy ready to go it alone?

“This is for the one who drives the big rig, up and down the road. Or the one out in the warehouse bringing in the load. Or the waitress, the mechanic, the policeman on patrol…for everyone who works behind the scenes with a spirit you can’t replace with no machine. Hello America, let me than…

Carl and Gayle Long tied the knot in 1939 in the pastor’s study at Tupelo’s First Baptist Church. Carl was a salesman who supplied grocery stores, and Gayle taught in a local school. Two years into their marriage, Pearl Harbor changed everything. Like so many young Americans of that generati…

Wise King Solomon said, “There is an appointed time for everything...to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be by born, and a time to die; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn... A time to love... and in my words – a time to h…

A new furor has erupted over Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s decision to give some members of Congress written updates on foreign election interference instead of in-person briefings. In the past, some Hill Democrats have spun and leaked information from the old oral brief…

The ouster of Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. over allegations of sexual misconduct and other behavior that falls short of the university’s code of conduct – not to mention Scripture – is another in a long list of object lessons each generation of Christians seems to have to l…

Nearly every day, we post on social media “Today in Tupelo History.” We select a digital version of the Tupelo Journal that dates to the early 20th century, recap a couple of headlines, and let you read the rest.

One of the best ways for students to improve their reading levels, word comprehension, and fluency is to read, and frequently. One of the easiest ways to nurture this skill regularly is to visit one’s local library. Unfortunately, with the world of COVID it may be difficult to schedule these…

As the father of four school age children in rural Mississippi, I would like to propose a common-sense enhancement to COVID era education. My proposal won’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars; it won’t take decades to implement; and it will provide an immediate workable solution for our te…

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming was a 1966 comedy about an accidental Russian invasion on the west coast. The Guatemalans are coming, the Guatemalans are coming was the comedic response when our president in 2018 projected an immigrant invasion on the Mexican border. Of the …

With summer coming to a close, school buses are making the rounds again as children head back to school. But for thousands of Mississippi parents, teachers, and administrators, the new semester is adding new challenges to an already stressful year. School districts have had to make tough dec…

In July, my husband and I were driving thru Downtown Tupelo and I was so amazed how many people were downtown, just walking, looking and taking advantage of the many different places available for them to eat. Tupelo has come so far with the downtown area and we, as citizens, can give thanks…

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