• 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 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…

  • BY SID SALTER
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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 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.

  • By Sid Salter
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Perhaps the most frustrating fallout from the ongoing national struggle over “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act has been the suggestion that any outcome is going to somehow relieve taxpayers of the responsibility for funding indigent and/or uncompensated health care. Wrong.

  • By Walter Williams
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Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, th…

  • By Angela Copeland
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I've met a number of people lately who have said something that's surprised me. They've told me that they aren't sure if college is really worth it. They believe it would be a waste of money to pay for something they might never use, especially if they change their mind on their career path later.

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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 Charlie Mitchell
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Lists are more popular than ever. People love lists. People love making lists, the most prevalent of which is the “bucket list,” a roster of to-do before leaving this life for the next.

  • By Sid Salter
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Longtime U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge E. Grady Jolly recently informed President Donald Trump of his intent to step down from the federal bench on Jolly’s 80th birthday in October — giving Trump his first judicial appointment in Mississippi.

  • 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 Sid Salter
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My wife and I are in our 50s and chase grandchildren. So, in my health insurance, do I need maternity coverage? Does my wife need prostate exam coverage?

  • 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 Charlie Mitchell
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Gov. Phil Bryant believes the time has come to add a lottery, creating yet another revenue stream for Mississippi. That will create suspense for the next few weeks.

  • 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 Sid Salter
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On Saturday, the United Auto Workers, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, actor Danny Glover, the NAACP, and fellow political travelers brought the “March on Mississippi” to Canton to continue to peddle the narrative that “workers’ rights equals civil rights.”

  • 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.

  • 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 Charlie Mitchell
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A tour bus pulled off the side of the narrow highway just west of Marks where Highway 6 becomes as flat and straight as the furrows that flank it.

  • By Sid Salter
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On Tuesday, the body of a brave, old school Mississippi newspaper publisher and editor was returned to the red clay soil of Neshoba County.

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