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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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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. 

October 18, 2018

Owners of hybrid and full electric vehicles in Mississippi are enraged at the Mississippi Legislature over  a tax increase that means they'll pay more to register their vehicles annually.

Most of them received a notice from the Mississippi Department of Revenue las...

October 3, 2018

President Donald Trump alleges that a "deep state" of employees at the intelligence and other agencies are conspiring against the president and his policies.


The ability of the administration to deal with this apparent civil service uprising is limited, since firing an...

November 9, 2017

A year ago I sat in a room with a couple of Democrats and, I am a bit abashed to admit, enjoyed the emotional meltdown. 

It was a Tuesday night and against all odds Donald Trump was running away with an electoral college victory as disbelief and chagrin swept over my fr...

November 8, 2017

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss," said the Who in their 1971 classic song "We Won't Get Fooled Again." It's a powerful way of stating that the more things change, the more things remain the same.

Mississippi apparently got fooled again, as it's prepared to give...

November 3, 2017

Years ago I found myself on a TV set with a number of prominent Jacksonians, discussing the woeful direction of our city.  A city council president was headed to jail and it looked like other officials might be joining him. So WAPT gathered a panel to address the situa...

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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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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.