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Having a philosophical stance against taxation is one thing but to hamstring municipal or county government from funding critical departments or projects aimed at improving a community’s overall quality of life due to that unyielding philosophy is foolhardy and even dangerous.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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State Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, has his toga in a knot because a Delta newspaper publisher offered his opinion — opinion — that Gipson, who chairs House Judiciary B, went too far in mixing religion and public policy.

  • By Sid Salter
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For all of the questionable, quirky, and downright bizarre actions and utterances of our newly-minted President of the United States, Donald Trump appears to have done yeoman’s work in selecting a wise, deliberate, and qualified nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. …

  • By Angela Copeland
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When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst. When you’re caught up in the emotion of it all, you begin to wonder why you don’t have a new job yet. Is it a problem with your resume, your c…

  • By Dr. Jameson Taylor Mississippi Center for Public Policy
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Talk to anyone in state government and they’ll confirm that Mississippi is in a high-stakes competition to attract jobs and talent. A strength of our federal system of government is that it encourages states to compete with — and learn from — each other. We can’t stop innovating and improvin…

  • By Walter Williams
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Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to …

  • By Angela Copeland
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Today’s job market is tough. If you’re trying to find a new job, or to get a promotion at your current job, you can probably relate. One of the most frustrating things, if not the most frustrating, is when your current boss is overlooking you.

  • By Robert Lee Long
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If you ever received a hug from Vivian Berryhill, the warm embrace lingered long after that fleeting encounter had passed.

  • By Dan Smith
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I am writing to respond to a letter from Ms. Moira Wade, alleging that Northwest Mississippi Community College shut out State Senator Chris McDaniel from visiting during his 2014 campaign.  

  • By Sid Salter
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As the Republican majority in Washington begins to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” with their American Health Care Act, it’s important for Mississippians to remember that our state has a higher percentage of our population who are dependent on public health care o…

  • By Walter Williams
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While college administrators and professors accept disgraceful behavior, we as taxpayers, donors and parents should not foot the bill. Let’s look at some of that behavior.

  • By Angela Copeland
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Whenever I meet with a new job seeker, I always ask the same question. “Where are you getting stuck in your search?” It sounds like a simple question, but it can shed quite a bit of light into what’s going on.

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In the Dec. 15 issue of the county paper, the Southaven City administration promised to take steps to clean up blight. More than 13 months later, conditions are virtually the same on Cedar Circle. Inoperative autos: 1141 Brandywine, a SUV and car; 8516 Cedar Circle South, three cars; 1176 Ce…

  • By Lee Hamilton
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The job of being a citizen — and being a member of Congress — has gotten much harder of late. As sources of information proliferate and “news” not actually grounded in fact grows common on social media, Americans have to work to sort reality from fiction and insight from disinformation.

  • By Jameson Taylor
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Trust, but verify. Seems like commonsense. Unfortunately, government programs are often lacking in common sense. According to the Miss. Department of Human Services, self-verification is the method used to determine eligibility for Food Stamps, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistan…

  • By Walter Williams
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, “The president’s decision to ask Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education should offend every single American man, woman, and child who has benefitted from the public education system in this country.” Expressing similar se…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Have you ever gotten an email from someone that you just want to ignore? Perhaps it’s from a vendor you work with that wants to tell you about a new product they’re selling. The email provides no immediate value for you. There’s nothing you can do about it right now, and frankly, you’re busy…

  • By John Whitehead
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“All the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”

  • By John Whitehead
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“All the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”

  • By Sid Salter
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The fight in Mississippi over a very straightforward decision regarding whether it’s in the state’s best interests to collect the same seven percent sales tax on online sales that we have forced bricks-and-mortar retailers to collect since 1932 is getting heated.

  • By Walter Williams
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It was Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman who made famous the adage, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Professor Friedman could have added that there is a difference between something’s being free and something’s having a zero price. For example, people say that there’s free pub…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Sometimes, interviews can be the worst. I mean, truly. Doesn’t the hiring manager realize that you have a job, life, spouse, children, and existing commitments?

  • By Sid Salter
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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — never known for mincing words or soft-soaping his opinions especially about partisan politics — on Monday offered a group of about 400 Mississippi State University students some serious enlightenment about partisan politics and legislative gridlock as …

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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I know, I know, I know. When people hear about the Mississippi Legislature at all it’s school funding, yes or no on a lottery, morphing campaign donations into individual retirement accounts, whether the state will annex the City of Jackson for the Purpose of Pothole Repair.

  • By Angela Copeland
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2017 has certainly started off on an interesting foot. I don’t know about you, but social media used to be a relaxing activity where I learned about engagements, saw baby photos, and watched cat videos. Lately, it’s filled with opposing views and tension – on all sides of every issue. It’s e…

  • By Walter Wiliams
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Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims. Let’s look at what works and what doesn’t work.     

  • By John Whitehead
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Lately, there’s been a lot of rhetoric comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The concern is that a Nazi-type regime may be rising in America.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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The whole world keeps trying to figure out what makes this Trump person tick. Fans and foes alike probe this person’s every word — his decisions, his orders, his announcements, his tweets — on the sincere belief there must be more than meets the eye.

  • By Sid Salter
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U.S. Senate Democrats angry over the successful Republican decision to deny both a confirmation hearing and a vote to former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland are now referring to new President Donald Trump’s high court nominee Neil Gorsuch as a “nominee for a st…

  • By Walter Williams
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There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase. An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases. The substi…

  • By Angela Copeland
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If you’re looking for a new job, I bet one of your top two priorities is finding a job you really, truly love. Somehow, you’ve found yourself at a job you don’t care for, and you’re ready to make a change. And, you hope to not wake up in another situation where you don’t like your job.

  • By Sid Salter
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Much of the social media reaction in Mississippi to the negotiated decision by online giant Amazon to voluntarily collect and remit Mississippi’s 7 percent sales tax — technically a “use” tax — has been steeped in the revisionist history that this represents a Republican-led new tax or tax i…

  • By Angela Copeland
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As you grow in your career, finding a new job can become harder and harder. One of the big reasons for this has to do with salary. If you think about it, when you first started working, you were open to just about any job and would happily take a tiny paycheck. But, as you’ve progressed in y…

  • By John Whitehead
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For too long now, the American people have allowed themselves to be persuaded that the government’s job is to take care of us: to feed us, clothe us, house us, educate us, raise our children, heal our infirmities, manage our finances, protect us from our enemies, guard us against all dangers…

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