April 30, 2018

Dave Ramsey offers practical tips for budgeting in your everyday life and ways to tackle unexpected expenses.

January 17, 2018

If you are a firm believer in the presence of “black panthers” as a species of wildlife in the woods of the Magnolia State you may not like this post.

September 22, 2017

NOTE: After Mississippi Child Protection Services unjustly separated Nathan Clark (a pseudonym) from one of his young children for more than a year, he and his wife prevailed in a suit that went to the Miss. Supreme Court; the judge scathed the state for its treatment...

August 30, 2017

Just 17 percent of Jacksonians say they are a registered Republican and a "practicing Christian."

Only 26 percent of Jacksonians say they are a registered Democrat and a practicing Christian.

The figure drops to seven percent for those who say they are a practicing Chris...

August 28, 2017

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition for transparent is “easily detected or seen through” or “readily understood.”

Mississippi’s transparency.ms.gov website is more opaque than transparent. Its record of state expenditures have two separate links...

August 12, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, the typical American read just four books in 2016.  With a little less Candy Crush, you can read four books next week. Do you want to increase your happy consumption of grand ideas and tales?

If so, here are a few pointers from...

July 1, 2017

Whenever the State of Mississippi is beset by heightened racial friction, it’s good to turn to two advisors—the Bible and William Faulkner. No two sources better grasp and understand the human condition most specifically of we Mississippians.

Most Mississippians know ab...

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November 5, 2018

When Mississippians vote tomorrow, less than 40 percent will have a clue. The facts (see "the fresh facts" below) are brutally honest.

How in the world can this "clue-factor" be true?

I mean, we are in fact of the class "homo sapiens"--the smartest living thing on the planet! (Please note, Homo Sapiens is a singular mass noun; Homines sapientes is plural--I had to look it up.)

But anyway, heck, the class homo sapiens stands...

September 17, 2018

Over our first year, Mississippi Matters has enjoyed steady growth and great exchanges with readers--and critics. (Thanks!)

Now Facebook steps in.

Facebook

has started blocking  

some normal efforts

to reach new readers. 

Due to Facebook's move, we're still growing but aren't able to reach as many new people.

Here's how Facebook is--arguably--censoring us.

A key way we reach more readers is by boosting our posts.

If you saw a po...

September 12, 2018

Where were you when Kennedy got shot? 

I was at McWillie Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi, where I was a first-grade student.

Where were you when the Challenger Space Shuttle blew up?

I was in the studio at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I worked as a commercial copywriter and producer.

Where were you when the World Trade Center towers came crashing down? 

I was at home, taking a few days off work to spend time with v...

September 11, 2018

I suppose everyone who is old enough to remember September 11, 2001, can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing that fateful morning. For my generation, the day has the same prominence as November 22, 1963—the day of JFK’s assassination—had for my parents’ generation.

I was coming back to the dorm from Spanish class at Holmes Community College that Tuesday morning when I heard some guys out on the sidewalk talk...

September 7, 2018

I have come to praise the Mississippi Legislature, not to bury it. At least this once.

In a week-long special session, the Legislature did what it couldn't do during the regular session: Pass a bill that deals with the state's infrastructure woes without raising gasoline taxes. In addition, they managed to pass a bill that instituted a state lottery and finally resolve a long-simmering controversy over the BP oil spill settleme...

August 3, 2018

Mississippi Matters strives to offer a wide range of ideas and voices. As someone who works with leaders from all backgrounds, Ronnie Crudup is a respected leader in Jackson and Mississippi. While we all hold opinions about Jackson Public Schools, we hope folks will listen to Pastor Crudup's enthusiastic comments.

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For those of us who are Christians, Republicans and/or Democrats must not determine how we think or what we believe about the Southern Border immigration crisis. Our faith must.

June 28, 2018

This day in 1836, America lost one of its first great statesmen, James Madison, the 4th president of the United States. Madison, who served from 1809-1817, was nicknamed the “Father of the Constitution” because he personally penned the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

One of the advantages of being tuned into world history is that it gives a person a long-term perspective, allowing one...

June 22, 2018

Methodist Phil Bryant, in his role as governor, has decided that sports betting and a state lottery are the way forward for the state’s apparently woeful budget situation.  Closed bridges and massive road problems and an ever-bickering educational bureaucracy protesting its supposedly deficient budget has the governor searching for new monies.  He is hoping that more gambling will be less excruciating to Mississippians’ moral...

June 20, 2018

Entering the third grade in Jackson, Mississippi, I changed schools and schoolmates when desegregation finally occurred in 1973. 

Honestly, I had only a third grade understanding of the issues, but we all knew something was up. I had my first African American teacher. I made my first African American friends. 

The social change was just. Segregation had to end. 

Disruptive? Yeah, my life was thrown off kilter some. It was mu...

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