Presidents and presidential candidates try to manipulate public opinion whenever they consider press coverage embarrassing, unhelpful or worse.

“But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.”—Ray Bradbury

A CROWN to The City of Meridian and the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience for their long overdue recognition of David Ruffin, one of the lead singers of The Temptations who performed chart-topping hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”

Not long ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.

Granny never considered a chicken anywhere else but in the pot with the exception of a platter, all fried up. It was last week when a friend shared a favorite Chicken Spaghetti recipe with me when I thought of her, my granny, and how perplexed she would have been.

As we prepare for 2020, the Mississippi Department of Human Services is committed to helping children and families transition from a state of crisis to a state of self-sufficiency.

We give and take advice on a daily basis. Yet seldom do you give advice to someone 200 years in advance. But when James Burns in Ireland wrote to his son James in America in 1796, I felt he was speaking to me today. 

NAPLES, ITALY— Wyatt Waters and I have just finished leading two tour groups through Rome, The Amalfi Coast, and Naples. In addition to filming season five of our television program “Palate to Palette,” Waters and I are also completing our fifth book, and the final paintings for that projec…

STARKVILLE – The 2019 Mississippi general election is less than three weeks away and politicians are talking about a plethora of issues, but there no serious discussion of one of the state’s entrenched and shameful realities – the banishment of far too many of the state’s mentally ill to ja…

If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation's institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization's prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pl…

WASHINGTON -- President Trump has proved to the 21st century that Lord Acton's 19th-century maxim still holds: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Take almost any interstate exit into Meridian, head up Highway 39 during the evening drive home or make a shopping trip to Bonita Lakes and you are likely to be confronted by a panhandler.

It was with great hope that this morning I laundered my warm, snuggly blanket. That’s right, I opened the washer and threw her in. I did! The cycle began just like normal so I took that as an omen meaning there will be a need for my blanky this weekend.

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Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state could require nonmembers of a public employee union to pay an “agency fee,” otherwise known as costs of collective bargaining, for their representation by the union.

CHICAGO — Almost every year since 1988, I have made a late-May journey up here to attend the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show. It is a massive gathering that brings together every component of the food-service industry under one roof. It’s a yearly kid-in-a-candy-shop mom…

Republican efforts to impose strict work requirements on recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as part of the new farm bill were temporarily thwarted Friday when the House rejected the multiyear legislation in an unrelated dispute over immigration.

Testing will begin later this month on drinking-water wells in areas of Kemper County surrounding Naval Air Station Meridian’s Joe Williams Field. Officials with the U.S. Navy will conduct the testing.

President Trump's performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.

The Meridian Star asked candidates for mayor of Meridian to respond in guest columns to four questions based on input from our readers. Their responses have been published on this page in advance of the June 6 election.

The recent report that Mississippi State and Southern Miss will renew their basketball rivalry came as welcomed news to this observer.

“I thought about the dilapidated church down town. And I realized that, in some ways, we all have a hole in our roof, a gap through which tears fall and bad events blow like harsh wind. We feel vulnerable; we worry about what storm will strike next… With a little faith, people can fix things…

More than any other celebration, the Fourth of July provides us the opportunity to assemble to celebrate the gift that we’ve been given - the gift that we have earned from the sacrifice of countless brave men and women - those patriots who protected our independence. The gift I’m referring t…

Dear Readers: Today’s column is for the children in your life. I was thrilled to tell this story recently at Meridian Public Library.

I don’t dine in buffet restaurants very often. Though a few times a year I like to visit my friend Roger Bickham at his restaurant The Movie Star on Old Hwy 11 in Hattiesburg. Roger runs a great buffet— it’s local, the portions are replenished often, the food is hot, it tastes good, and he’s…

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” 1 John 3:17

Powder room, ladies room, gent’s room, the facilities, the john, the potty, lavatory, washroom, toilet, etc – yes, the terms all mean the same but are not all the same. Uh-huh. My point today is cleanliness, which is next to Godliness.

Dan Talley began military service in 1986. In 1990, he was deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. In 1991, he remained in the Middle East to serve in Desert Storm.


“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.

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Graveside services will be Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Pentecostal Memorial Garden Cemetery with Bishop Keith Tisdale officiating. Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 20, from 6-7 p.m., at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home's OP Chapel.

Memorial services for Master Jakie Emmanuel Warren will be held Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home's OP Chapel with Bishop W. C. Brown officiating.

Services: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 1 p.m., at Alpha and Omega Holiness Church. Burial: Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery, Toomsuba, with Berry and Gardner in charge. Visitation: Monday, Oct. 21, from 6-7 p.m., at Berry and Gardner's OP Chapel.

Memorial services for Mrs. Dorothy Taylor, will be Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home's OP Chapel. Mrs. Taylor, 75, of Meridian died Thursday, October 10, 2019, at her residence.

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mrs. Annie Carol Williams, 84, of Meridian, who died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at her residence.