In the latest of many cynical and highly political moves, the House of Representatives last week passed a measure that would transform the District of Columbia and make it the 51st state.

Office conversations can lead to mysterious researches. I’m sitting here in the Oren Dunn City Museum on Tuesday. It’s a short week. We’ll be closed Friday (while you’re reading this) for the Independence Day holiday. My cohort, Sihya Smith, asks from her office, “Have you heard of the blind…

Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1930. As part of the great Black m…

The COVID-19 pandemic is still a serious threat to our community, state and country. With the numbers continuing to rise and at the request of North Mississippi Medical Center and the Tupelo Economic Recovery Task Force, the City of Tupelo issued Executive Order 20-018, which requires the we…

Over the past three weeks, Lafayette County has seen large increases in positive COVID-19 cases. This is not completely surprising. It went without saying that as students returned and businesses reopened that positive cases would increase. We have, however, been surprised at the rate of tra…

Mississippians can take pride in an important moment in the Senate this past week. Judge Cory Wilson of Madison was confirmed to serve a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which includes Mississippi. The Senate’s vote made him the 200th judge to be confi…

I am writing to ask that each of you contact your representative and help to put this divisive flag behind us. It doesn't serve any purpose at this point other than to divide us from the rest of the nation, and it continues to be divisive for all Mississippians.

Last weekend a letter writer compared the removal of Confederate symbols to revisionism undertaken by the Third Reich. I think ending the glorification of the Confederacy is more akin to what happened after World War II. When the Nazis were defeated, their iconography was rightfully taken do…

Let's discuss the state flag. I oppose replacing it with the "Stennis flag" for one important reason: it's ugly. The Stennis flag was designed to be bland, dull, inoffensive and boring and it achieves those goals admirably. The design looks like it was swiped from a generic Fourth of July pa…

In the last week, we’ve seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. While the week started with a total number of cases for a five-day period, the daily reports that followed were staggering, including over 1,000 new cases reported on Thursday.

“Don’t be afraid to love people. Love one another.” These were powerful words I heard from Pastor Franklin Howell of Bethlehem Baptist Church, as he delivered the eulogy of my nephew, 51-year-old Kenny Gaillard at the Ruckersville Cemetery.

Twenty years ago, the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of white policemen would have led to loud protests by their families and friends, and the usual ensuing investigations that would find little fault. With time their stories would have faded away as their families s…

Many whites are ashamed, saddened and feel guilty about our history of slavery, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. Many Black people remain angry over the injustices of the past and what they see as injustices of the present. Both Blacks and whites can benefit from a better appreciati…

Summer has officially arrived and despite the pandemic, the City of Tupelo offers wonderful activities for you and your family. The summer of 2020 looks a little different as we must adhere to CDC guidelines and executive orders, but there are many safe and fun outdoor activities for all age…

There were two articles on the Opinion page of the June 14 Daily Journal that need a response. "Mississippi flag must represent all citizens" is an obvious impossibility. When I and a majority of Mississippi voters chose our current flag in 2001, how can the writer assume another flag could …

As the country struggles to vanquish coronavirus, Americans are witnessing a bizarre phenomenon in which some authorities tolerate and even praise highly politicized mass gatherings while at the same time suppress small activities – like taking children to a playground – that are important t…

In recent years, we’ve been hearing a lot about the possible demise of shopping malls in America, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation seems particularly dire – especially for us nostalgic dweebs of the 1980s who depended on malls for our embarrassing fashion choices and f…

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