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What we’re witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government’s battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: b…

  • By Walter Williams
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        For more than a half-century, it has become abundantly clear that our nation faces increasing irreconcilable differences. At the root is the fact that there is one group of Americans who mostly want to be left alone and live according to the rule of law and the dictates of the U.S. C…

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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If the town council in Laurel decides new lights are needed at the city sports complex, the request for bids, the bids and the contract with the company hired to install the lights will all be public records.

  • By Sid Salter
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Nothing has changed since last year’s version of the legislative fight over the future of Mississippi’s transportation infrastructure system with the exception of the absolute certainty that neglect combined with a historic drought in much of the state that the state’s highways and bridges a…

  • By Sid Salter
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After almost 40 years of writing this opinion column — something I started doing during my MSU student days under the tutelage of the late Henry Meyer — I’ve heard from a lot of irate readers who felt the need to bring me around to their way of thinking (or at least to give me a good chewing…

  • By Walter Williams
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If one needed more evidence of the steep decay in academia, Donald Trump’s victory provided it. Let’s begin by examining the responses to his win, not only among our wet-behind-the-ears college students, many of whom act like kindergarteners, but also among college professors and administrators.

  • By Angela Copeland
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Can we agree that the interview process can be stressful? It can be exhausting. You spend weeks, sometimes months, going through many rounds of interviews, tests, and background checks. You do all this in secret, slipping out of work and trying not to spill the beans to coworkers and friends…

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In his Fiscal Year 2018 Executive Budget Recommendation, Gov. Phil Bryant joined what has become a growing chorus of conservative Republicans who are willing to talk seriously about state legislation to collect Mississippi’s existing seven percent sales tax on online sales as well as counter…

  • By Walter Williams
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Donald Trump’s surprise win has millions of Americans, many of whom are black, in a tizzy. Many, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, are writing about what it means to be black during a Trump administration even though Trump’s presidency has yet to begin. My argument has always been that the politi…

  • By Sid Salter
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President-elect Donald Trump served up a lot of controversial comments, gaffes, outrages, and unfounded accusations over the course of the 2016 election cycle — but at the end of the day, Trump won the election and won it fairly within the rules of presidential electoral politics.

  • By Angela Copeland
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I received a question that’s important for job seekers to consider: “Should I work with an external recruiter, and if so, how does it work?” If you’ve never tried it, enlisting the help of a placement firm can appear to be a confusing proposal. It can be tough to know where to find a recruit…

  • By Walter Williams
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The underpinnings of a decent society are neutral laws — laws that favor no particular individual or group — and the impartial enforcement of those laws. The U.S. Supreme Court’s job is to ensure the impartial enforcement of our laws. But our two presidential candidates differ in their visio…

  • By Angela Copeland
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There are few groups I have more respect for than our US Military. These honorable men and women are on the front lines of our country each day. In fact, they spend many of their most employable years in service.

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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Interviewed on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Joyce Helmick made a great point. The topic was the state leadership’s apparent quest to abandon Mississippi’s existing K-12 funding formula, calling the formula antiquated and ineffective. Her comment was, “How do we know? It hasn’t been tried.”

  • By Delbert Hosemann, Secretary of State
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Election Day is just around the corner.  Mississippians are undoubtedly preparing by researching the candidates, viewing a sample ballot, or determining in advance the location of their polling place.  Every voter registered by the State’s deadline is now eligible to vote for President of th…

  • By Walter Williams
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, having a net worth of $81.8 billion, and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, having a net worth of $70.4 billion, are the nation’s two richest men. They are at the top of the Forbes 400 list of America’s superrich individuals, people who have net worths of billions of…

  • By Angela Copeland
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In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character builds a baseball field after hearing a voice say, “If you build it, he will come.” As job seekers, it seems we often try to take a similar approach.

  • By Sid Salter
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Slowly, as revenue projections continue to fade, Mississippi legislators are beginning to come around to the inevitable conclusion that the state should collect all the sales taxes already due — not just on those transactions that take place in bricks-and-mortar stores.

  • By Michael Smith
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are all over the news, but that doesn’t mean Americans will vote on November 8th for either of them-or for any candidate for that matter. Only 54 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election, including 41 percent of 18-24- year-ol…

  • By Walter Williams
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Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students? The answer is that they, like so many other young people who think they know it all, are really uninformed and ignorant. You say, “Williams, how dare you say that?! We’ve mortgaged our home to…

  • By Sid Salter
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Just this week, the University of Louisville on Thursday confirmed that the National Collegiate Athletic Association had formally charged staff members in its men’s basketball program, including head coach Rick Pitino, with major violations related to a scandal in which a university employee…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Sometimes, the devil really is in the details. This is especially true when it comes to the questions you ask when you’re looking for a job. Asking the wrong question, or not asking the right question can get you into trouble when you least expect it. And, it can be tricky to know when to as…

  • By Walter Williams
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If a person wants to go into business as a taxicab owner, what requirements should be imposed to protect the public? The prospective taxicab owner should show that he is honest and can operate a vehicle safely. His vehicle should pass a safety inspection, and he should have a liability insur…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Inevitably when I meet a job seeker, I ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable. Most of the time, the question is along the lines of, “Why don’t you send that hiring manager an email on LinkedIn?”

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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Before he was governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour was a national Republican insider, serving as a senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan and during the same career phase, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

  • By Walter Williams
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Detroit school students, represented by the Los Angeles-based public interest firm Public Counsel, filed suit last month against the state of Michigan, claiming a legal right to literacy based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Ninety-three percent of Detroit’s predominantly black pu…

  • By Sid Salter
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Fox News broadcaster Shepard Smith drew the ire of some TV viewers for a plainspoken warning to those who refused to evacuate prior to Hurricane Matthew making landfall when he said: “This storm will kill you ... it will kill your children, and it will kill your pets.”

  • By Angela Copeland
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As strange as I know it sounds, I think of looking for a job a little bit like dating. Unless you are a reality TV show contestant, you’ve probably never gone on a first date hoping the other person would marry you. You’re there to get to know them, and to decide whether or not to have a sec…

  • BY LEE HAMILTON
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We have to be able to disagree in this country without tearing into and trying to destroy the opposition. The politics of demonization that characterizes this election will make it very hard for whoever wins office to govern well.

  • By Walter Williams
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I was invited, along with several other American professors, to deliver lectures at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1979. Pieter Willem Botha was the prime minister, and apartheid, though becoming a bit relaxed, was the law of the land. Under apartheid, inte…

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