Before the recent Alabama senatorial campaign, I allowed that, if Roy Moore lost, his shortcomings would be to blame but that perception would eclipse reality. The press pursued the storyline predicted.
November and December saw men of prominence fall like a row of dominoes, for personal peccadilloes to which a blind eye would have been turned, early in 2017. Some individuals had enjoyed my respect. Others did not.
Integrating into the Jackson community has never been challenging. Yet awareness of people and places is essential to becoming a Jacksonian. One should understand our local color if aspiring to live in something other than a Los Angeles suburb lacking context and texture.
Time magazine has named a person of the year for 70 years, beginning with Charles Lindbergh in 1927. If I could award a 2017 Mississippian of the Year, I would select Gov. Haley Barbour for orchestrating the inclusion of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Campus.