April 15 tax deadline brings home state’s fundamental contradictions

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Among the many lessons I learned from my all-too-brief time with the late broadcaster Jack Cristil was his pointed, rather surprising take on paying his taxes.

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Lawmakers promising sunshine and lollipops

Joel McNeece

The press releases have been coming fast and furious over the past few weeks, and every one of them is soaked in election year posturing.

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A great day in Memphis and then back to Oxford for Leo Welch

Lisa McNeece

Joel and I started our day Saturday at Clear Creek MB Church just outside of Oxford for a funeral visitation. We were there to visit long time Mississippi Press Association staffer Andrea Ross for the services of her mother Emma Holman.

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Alabama’s yellowhammer.com pulled best April Fool’s stunt

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In my days in the newspaper business, I always enjoyed April Fools’ Day editions. Perhaps my best effort came in the early 1990s – during the height of President Bill Clinton’s administration – when I outed Forest, Mississippi, resident Doris Mowrey as one of the former Arkansas governor’s “lovers.”

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Ellzey, Vardaman and Captain Tom

Joel McNeece

I could have sat in Dr. Joe Young’s dental office on Lakeland Drive in Jackson all day. Not for dental purposes, let me be clear, but to listen to his stories.

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Getting around paving; Don Ball has unique scarecrow

Lisa McNeece

With the resurfacing of the Bruce square going on, the side roads have been getting a lot of traffic. Although you can get around the square (one lane), parking is limited in some places and not available in others. Work started Monday morning.
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WalMart is still Mississippi’s largest single employer

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Like 20 other states – including Alabama, Arkansas. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas – Mississippi’s largest single employer is Wal-Mart. As Jerry Seinfeld once famously said, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

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National Portrait Gallery is a must see when visiting D.C.

Joel McNeece

President George W. Bush was incredibly relaxed, Sen. Roger Wicker was out of breath, and Martin’s Tavern was the lunch gem it always is.

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Newseum was highlight of trip to Washington, D.C.

Lisa McNeece

Joel and I picked a good weekend to be out of town. When we left here Wednesday morning, the town water was off and apparently, it rained here the entire time we were gone.

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Dysfunctional, wasteful IHL system should go

RobertForHerman

On June 30, 2009, when I retired as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, I made a commitment to avoid any public comments regarding the IHL Board, Ole Miss, our medical center and the other universities in the state. I moved my office off campus to the UM Foundation, which I used infrequently. I have tried to stay out of the way.

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