The Delta’s newspapers tell region’s unique story

Joel McNeece

You can’t get more Southern than Mississippi, and no place in the Magnolia State evokes more Southern heritage and culture than the Delta. It is that most uniquely Southern place with a history like no other, and the best source of that history is its newspapers.

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Education funding must be a priority

Joel McNeece

Over the past several years we’ve seen the leaders of this state, in words and in action, call for dramatic improvements in our education system.

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Shining a light on ignorance

Joel McNeece

It’s been a week since the news first broke and it remains incomprehensible to me how anyone could be so motivated, whether by hate or stupidity, if there’s a difference, to throw a noose and an “old style Georgia state flag, that includes the Confederate banner,” around the neck of the statue of James Meredith – the first African-American student to attend Ole Miss.

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If only I knew then what I know now

Joel McNeece

I remember a time as a small child when I would sit at the kitchen table for hours staring at my plate refusing to eat something because I thought it had onions in it. In my house growing up, you ate what was on your plate or you didn’t leave the dinner table. That resulted in some long nights for yours truly.

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I’ll pass on the bread and milk

Joel McNeece

By 10 a.m. Monday morning, the bread and milk aisles at local stores were emptier than a politician’s promises.

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Sec. Hosemann shows he can take the heat; Exciting return to the Iron Horse

Joel McNeece

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann described newspapers as “critical for Mississippi” during one of the few serious moments at his roasting held last week at the Hilton in Jackson which raised more than $26,000 for journalism scholarships.

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Our towns deserve a sales tax option

Joel McNeece

It’s time for the legislature to allow municipalities around Mississippi to utilize the option of a local sales tax to generate funds for infrastructure improvements. In fact, it’s past time and the denial of the option for Mississippi’s cities and towns is completely opposite of the way the same state leaders view Washington.

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An “audacious faith in the future”

Joel McNeece

We are all familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech from August of 1963 as he stood before thousands at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Nike Fuelband is the gift of good health

joel mcneece

I’m not sure what my wife Lisa was trying to tell me with the Christmas gift she gave me, but I had already delivered the message to myself – I need to get in better shape.

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Teacher pay will be the hot topic of 2014 legislative session

joel mcneece

There doesn’t appear to be a lot on the 2014 agenda of the Mississippi Legislature, which opened for business Tuesday, that will really stir the pot due to the Republican Leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn mostly being on the same page when it comes to hot button issues.

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