Back aboard


I check my watch — 4:20 and almost time for my afternoon dog walk with Roo Roo.

Before I put my raincoat on, and command Roo to a sit position so I can hook her up, I open a scrapbook of my Sun articles, and turn to one written three years ago today.


January 17, 2016

Grad inflation

The Mississippi Department of Education just published a 79-page document breaking down nearly every aspect of the state’s graduation rate. Rates by district, by students with disabilities, by race and gender, it’s all in there — with one notable exception.

Say no to secrecy

If there is a state agency in Mississippi that should be required to be more transparent, not less, it’s the Department of Corrections.

Yet, Pelicia Hall, the head of that agency, was asking a panel of lawmakers recently to relieve MDOC of some of the requirements of the state Public Records Act.

Déjà vu all over again


On January 15, 2016, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg reached 50 feet — seven feet above flood stage. It was the highest January crest since 1879 when Congress put the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in charge of flood control. A freak January flood.

More secrecy about millions

It’s one thing when government officials won’t talk to the press. It’s quite another when they won’t talk to other government officials.

This year, the Mississippi Association of Supervisors is asking state lawmakers to approve a bill that would shed light on the operations of the CMRS board.



Kindergarteners (from left) Jaycee Baker, Paylor Jordan, Lucy Hines, Hart Noblitt and Carter Haralson recently dressed for their hundredth day of school at Jackson Academy.