• By Angela Copeland
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Okay, this is going to sound strange. But, bear with me. After having coached hundreds of folks on their job searches, I’ve noticed a pattern. And, it’s not one I would have expected.

  • By Walter Williams
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Let’s list major problems affecting black Americans. Topping the list is the breakdown in the black family, where only a third of black children are raised in two-parent households. Actually, the term “breakdown” is incorrect. Families do not form in the first place. Nationally, there is a b…

  • By Robert Lee Long
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There was a time in American politics, and more specifically Mississippi politics, in which a Mississippi politician wouldn’t be caught dead walking the halls of the U.S. Justice Department, let alone the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

  • By Lee Hamilton
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A robust, inquisitive congressional oversight process should be capable of revealing what is too often hidden, but it’s not. We need journalists to do it.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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“ Don’t trust the media? Most people (according to media reports) don’t. And that’s fine because we all live in a new day. Anyone with internet access can go on endless fact-finding missions all by themselves. News is bountiful.

  • By Robert Lee Long
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There was a blank stare from some of the sixth-graders in the Sunday School class that I teach at Broadway Baptist Church in Southaven when I asked what special holiday was coming up at the end of the month.

  • By Walter Williams
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Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nea…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Sometimes, getting a job is dependent more on what you ask than what you answer. Let me explain what I mean by this. We spend so much time preparing for how we will answer the hiring manager’s questions, yet very little time thinking about what we want to know.

  • BY LEE HAMILTON
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Every few months we have to contemplate the very real possibility that the government might close its doors. Is this really the best we can do?

  • BY MIKE HURST
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Recently, while most Mississippians were busy working, raising families, and just trying to get by, the State of Mississippi held a little noticed hearing to consider imposing taxes on a significantly larger number of our citizens. This occurred after the Mississippi Legislature had already …

  • By Robert Lee Long The Long & Short Of It
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Every day, there is yet another statistic that comes across my desk that involves the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is not only sweeping the nation but impacting Mississippi’s fastest-growing county of DeSoto.

  • By Lee Hamilton
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Constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable.

  • By Sid Salter
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Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reported low voter turnout in the recent round of state municipal elections. That’s distressing on any number of levels.

  • By Angela Copeland
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How many times have you heard the phrase “don’t forget to say thank you”? When we were children, adults reiterated this phrase over and over again. Yet, somehow, as adults, we are forgetting this simple lesson.

  • By Lee Hamilton
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When I served in Congress one of the most enduring public policy questions I wrestled with was the proper allocation of power among federal, state and local levels of government.

  • By Robert Lee Long
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For the past 15 years, the DeSoto Times-Tribune has had the pleasure of helping to present the “Reaching for the Stars” program which recognizes the academic and personal achievements of students from across DeSoto County, in both public and private schools, including Northpoint Christian School.

  • By Sid Salter
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Despite substantial missteps and self-inflicted political wounds on any number of fronts, President Donald Trump’s administration has been impressive in moving quickly to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of the late Presiding Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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Years ago, Mississippi Public Broadcasting decided to air a live “town hall” on a topic. Can’t remember what. Twenty or 30 people were to be seated in a studio, taking turns voicing their views. There was a seat open next to Steve Holland. I grabbed it for one reason: I knew he would have so…

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During his two terms as governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour usually couched his public ruminations over proposals to reform Mississippi’s prison system and past “get tough on crime” mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines by observing: “Mississippi needs to decade who we’re afraid of and …

  • By Walter Williams
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When we discuss international trade and balance of payments, there are two types of accounts. There is the current account, which includes goods and services imported and exported and receives the most political attention. In 2016, the American people imported $479 billion worth of goods and…

  • BY ANGELA COPELAND
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You’ve made it through four years of college. Now what? Getting your first job after graduation can feel like a daunting task. We have such high hopes of finding the perfect career quickly and easily – until we hit a wall. Based on a recent piece by the Wall Street Journal, many college grad…

  • By Brad Deutser
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Everywhere we turn lately, there seems to be a new corporate crisis in the headlines. Some of the largest, most visible and successful companies are being forced to publicly apologize — while feverishly attempting to convince their customers that these unfortunate incidents are only isolated…

  • By Lee Hamilton
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Constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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Why would the name of a state senator from Ellisville be on a professionally created survey seeking voters’ views on national issues? The answer is obvious. The opinion survey is a pre-campaign ad. Chris McDaniel intends to be a U.S. senator.

  • By Sid Salter
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Much has been made of late of potential 2018 challengers to Mississippi’s junior Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo.

  • By Sid Salter
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One inescapable reality is Mississippi’s status as the poorest state in the union. That reality also makes the utilization and usage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps an extremely relevant economic discussion in our state each year.

  • By Sid Salter
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One inescapable reality is Mississippi’s status as the poorest state in the union. That reality also makes the utilization and usage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps an extremely relevant economic discussion in our state each year.

  • By Walter Willliams
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Each year, Earth Day is accompanied by predictions of doom. Let’s take a look at past predictions to determine just how much confidence we can have in today’s environmentalists’ predictions.     

  • By Angela Copeland
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Being overlooked for a job is the worst. It's especially bad after you've had a series of interviews. You took off work (multiple times), bought a new suit, and updated your resume. How could they reject you after all of that hard work?

  • By Robert Lee Long
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I’m old enough to remember the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 as Walter Cronkite and his CBS Evening News brought images of long-haired hippies and flower children dancing around and making public speeches about the importance of preserving and protecting Mother Earth into our living room…

  • By Brad Deutser
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From ring to ring, you have entertained. From generation to generation, you have brought families together. You have invited us in to witness and be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth.

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The press and the public are out of step. We keep thinking the Legislature deals with thorny topics such as budgets and taxation, education, highways, crime and punishment, health care, economic development.

  • By Sid Salter
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Of all the characters I’ve come to know in almost four decades of writing about Mississippi politics, none is more memorable than State Rep. Steve Holland, the Democrat from Plantersville.

  • By Walter Williams
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As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains — over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time — of any racial group in mankind’s history. What’s the evidence? If one totaled up the earnings of black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own …

  • By Ellen Meacham The New York Times
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The toddler had no time for this white man in a fine dark suit. Robert Kennedy may have been a former U.S.Attorney General and the brother of a slain President, but Annie White’s son was focused on the cornbread crumbs scattered on the floor of his dilapidated home in Cleveland, Miss.

  • By Angela Copeland
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Loyalty is an important quality. It’s what helps bind friendships and loved ones. It’s what holds teams together. But, dare I say it – there are limits to loyalty.

  • By Lee Hamilton
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Our representative democracy depends on voters developing discriminating judgments about policies and politicians. They can’t do that if vital information is withheld from them.

  • By Sid Salter
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A report by the nonpartisan but decidedly liberal think tank the Center on Budget and Public Priorities documents that Mississippi is far from alone in the current fiscal year’s revenue shortfall and subsequent budget cuts.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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When a family finds itself in a financial pickle and looks for advice, the admonition is always the same: Make a budget and stick to it.

  • By Walter Williams
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The average American has little knowledge of the extent to which our institutions of higher learning have been infected with a spreading cancer. One aspect of that cancer is akin to the loyalty oaths of the 1940s and ‘50s. Professors were often required to sign statements that affirmed their…

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A fascinating report by the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center shines a bright light on a very dark national problem that has long reached into Mississippi — the indiscriminate jailing and often warehousing of mental patients in jails.

  • By Angela Copeland
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The job market often offers twists and turns you’d never expect. My first twist happened during college.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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The phone rang.

  • By Sid Salter
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I’ve been a Mississippi State Bulldog all of my life. Old Main Dormitory burned six days after I was born in 1959.

  • By Sid Salter
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Over the last six months, there’s been a lot of rhetoric from politicians, special interests, and vested interests trying to convince Mississippians that collecting a use tax that’s been on the books since 1932 is a new tax.

  • By Walter Williams
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Profiling is needlessly a misunderstood concept. What’s called profiling is part of the optimal stock of human behavior and something we all do. Let’s begin by describing behavior that might come under the heading of profiling.     

  • By Angela Copeland
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In the business world, things move fast. You write a business proposal, seek approval, and move on to your next project. Efficiency is key in business. Move fast. Waste little time. Produce as much output as possible.

  • By Delbert Hosemann
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Who determines whether your community has a fully-staffed and trained police force? Adquate fire protection? Regular garbage pick-up? Operational street lights?

  • By Lee Hamiilton
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If we are to rebuild and sustain public faith in our democracy’s integrity, we need an investigation conducted in the light of day, by people who seek the truth and have standing and legitimacy on both sides of the political aisle.

  • By Sid Salter
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Bill Minor — who deservedly embodied the title “dean of Mississippi journalists” at the time of his death this week at age 93 — likely wrote the most honest self-assessment of his world view in “South Writ Large,” an online publication of the Center for the Study of the American South at the…

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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A healthier Mississippi with more medical services, specifically for the underserved, was a hallmark of Gov. Phil Bryant’s stump speech when he was running for office.

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