On June 30, 2009, when I retired as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, I made a commitment to avoid any public comments regarding the IHL Board, Ole Miss, our medical center and the other universities in the state. I moved my office off campus to the UM Foundation, which I used infrequently. I have tried to stay out of the way.
STARKVILLE – Should Mississippi become the third state – after Georgia and Alaska – to sign onto a plan to call a constitutional convention to force Congress to balance the federal budget and to require that the states grant Congress permission to raise the federal national debt?
Politicians are all about transparency. They love to talk about it, love to wrap themselves in the trappings of it and promise to do all they can to ensure that we have more of it.
JACKSON – Let’s get one thing straight. Problems that engulfed Singing River Health System are by no means indigenous to Jackson County.
The House that freshman state Rep. Tim Ford joined in 1980 was one ruled by an all-powerful speaker who took care of his friends, ignored his enemies and marginalized the relatively small number of African American lawmakers – a group that had grown from four to 17 in the election that brought Ford to the Legislature.
STARKVILLE – Mississippi is going to have a contested governor’s race in 2015 after all – well, after a fashion. The entry of successful Madison attorney Vicki Slater into the race guarantees incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Bryant an opponent.
STARKVILLE – News that the state Supreme Court has granted convicted quadruple murderer Willie Jerome “Fly” Manning of Starkville a new trial in two of those murders rocked this community this week.
STARKVILLE – in the DC Comics I read as a boy, Metropolis was since 1939 a grand city that was home to Superman and The Daily Planet newspaper where’s Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent worked and kept a close eye on Lois Lane.
COAHOMA—In this, the hamlet of my youth, there once lived a magic woman, whose influence upon my life and those of my siblings can never be overstated.
STARKVILLE – The death of the retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Roy Noble Lee Sr. should be noted for what it is – the passing of the man who led efforts to modernize the Mississippi court system despite the strongest possible ties to the status quo in Mississippi.