• 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…

  • By Sid Salter
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As is usual this time of year, the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation will be holding a celebrity “roast” to raise money for journalism scholarships and internships by making fun of someone prominent from the state’s political, business, educational, or cultural establishment.

  • By Walter Williams
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One wonders just how far spineless college administrators will go when it comes to caving in to the demands of campus snowflakes. For those unfamiliar with the term “snowflakes,” it is increasingly being used to characterize college students easily traumatized by criticism and politically in…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Questions around past legal trouble has come up multiple times recently, so it’s worth addressing. A reader writes, “I’m a job seeker with a felony record, and a college degree. I can’t expunge the record, and I’m not sure what to do. Where should I begin?”

  • by Charlie Mitchell
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For decades, Congress has inched onto lawmaking turf that once belonged to states. When it comes to establishing a minimum wage, the trend has reversed. More and more states are setting their own wage floor. Legislation to do so in Mississippi has been filed again this year, but prospects ar…

  • by Charlie Mitchell
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For decades, Congress has inched onto lawmaking turf that once belonged to states. When it comes to establishing a minimum wage, the trend has reversed. More and more states are setting their own wage floor. Legislation to do so in Mississippi has been filed again this year, but prospects ar…

  • By Walter Williams
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President-elect Donald Trump’s threats against American companies looking to relocate in foreign countries have won favorable review from many quarters. Support comes from those alarmed about trade deficits, those who want a “level playing field” and those who call for “free trade but fair t…

  • By Darren Musselwhite Mayor of Southaven
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(Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a column which appeared on the Opinion/Editorial Page in the Tuesday edition of the DeSoto Times-Tribune on the subject of a call for a referendum on the Penny for the Parks issue.)

  • By Dan Eubanks State Representative
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There is a misconception currently being promoted by a few in DeSoto County, which makes the claim that a majority of Desoto County’s legislators are anti-parks and tourism. This has come about because of a hard stance that most of us are taking on not approving another repealer for Southave…

  • By Angela Copeland
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Interviewing for a job is an incredibly personal process – at least for the job seeker. If you’re looking for a new job, you know the frustration when a company doesn’t call you back. It stings like rejection. It can leave you reeling – wondering what’s wrong with you.

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While it might not be "pennies from heaven," revenue generated from the "Penny For the Parks" tourism tax, a one-percent surcharge, a tax levied on restaurant meals has paid big dividends for Mississippi's third-largest city, Southaven, as well as helping to boost the bottom line for DeSoto …

  • By Walter Williams
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The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Blacks were about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 black lives were ended violently, and over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black. Listening to the news media and the Black Liv…

  • By Angela Copeland
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The title of this column sounds a little strange at first glance. But, if you’ve ever tried to make friends as an adult, you know this is a big deal. And, it’s not just because it’s important to have friends. The friends you have as an adult can have a major impact to your career.

  • By John Whitehead
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Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the cri…

  • By Sid Salter
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The Sunday before Christmas, Leilani and I were privileged to have all our children and grandchildren home for a visit and a good meal. The grandchildren were, as usual, virtually unable to eat anything (other than candy, cookies, and soft drinks) because of the anticipation of opening what …

  • By Walter Williams
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We will never understand liberals and progressives until we recognize that they often see reality as a social construct subject to being challenged and changed. For example, throughout the world, boys and girls have different toy preferences. Typically, boys like to play with cars and trucks…

  • BY ANGELA COPELAND
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You may wonder, “What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen during my job search?” Is it making a fool of yourself in an interview? Is it saying the wrong thing? Is it wearing the wrong outfit?

  • By Lee Hamilton
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We don’t want to discourage the sharing of information or opinions. But we must strive for an environment in which truth wins the day.

  • By Walter Williams
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Most college students do not belong in college. I am not by myself in this assessment. Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson said, “It’s time to drop the college-for-all crusade,” adding that “the college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness.” Richard Vedder, professor emeritus o…

  • By Charlie Mitchell
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Before there’s wall-to-wall worldwide coverage of this guy Donald Trump taking his oath to head one branch of American government, there will be a much quieter ceremony here in Mississippi. Four of Mississippi’s nine state Supreme Court justices will take oaths — one a newcomer and the other…

  • Angela Copeland
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Have you ever wondered if you might have picked the wrong career path? If so, you’re not alone.

  • By Sid Salter
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When I learned of the death of former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin — a tough, old school lawman whose friendship I came to appreciate during my years covering crime in central Mississippi — my initial thoughts went back a day spent riding some of the most crime-ridden areas of the c…

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