The name Tony Joe White may not ring a bell, maybe not even his moniker, The Swamp Fox, but chances are you’re familiar with a lot of the songs he’s written.
On Monday, May 16, Chris Epps, commissioner of Mississippi’s department of corrections, sat at a long conference table, grasping a mound of financial documents. He was preparing to head to the state’s penitentiary, an 18,000-acre old cotton farm in the Mississippi River Delta, for the execution of a man convicted of murder nearly two decades ago.
What could be more outrageous than the hefty subsidies the U.S. government lavishes on rich American cotton farmers?
Kate Winslet has one more reason to call 2009 a great year.