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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

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 protestin...

May 14, 2018

It was announced just weeks ago that Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul will now be on the back of the new $10 bill expected to be released in a few years to help celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment.

It has b...

April 24, 2018

Talk radio is a dangerous thing.  

I know—a disclaimer is in order.  I hosted talk radio shows for the better part of two decades at the local, state, and national levels.  Loved doing it, enjoyed the platform it gave me and some small degree of influence.  

Bu...

March 28, 2018

Raised in Kansas, I had opportunity to attend its premier university and earn three degrees there before coming South to begin my career.  I miss home, and one of the ways I keep in touch is by following the always excellent KU Jayhawks basketball team.  

This year...

February 23, 2018

Years ago a friend of mine, a Democrat, took me out to lunch to announce his candidacy for a statewide position.  He was elated at the coming opportunity. I looked back at him and said simply, “Don’t do it.”  Why? he inquired, as I had most assuredly been the first in...

February 14, 2018

One of the guards out at the abortion clinic stood next to my youngest son Isaiah (who was holding a sign saying "We Can Help") with her own sign: "Weird Hobby" and an arrow pointed his direction. It was intended to discourage him.

We laughed about it later over lunch.

B...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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