Will drug testing for welfare benefits really save tax dollars?

Sid Salter

Mississippi lawmakers are into the home stretch in the 2014 legislative session, and one of the surviving bills is House Bill 49, which would require drug testing for some people who apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or what is commonly known as “welfare” benefits.

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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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Winter, spring, now back to winter

Lisa McNeece

I’m so glad I didn’t take my winter coats to the dry cleaner last week like I meant to. Sunday after lunch, Marshall brought the girls over to spend the day with us. We played outside all afternoon– on the tire swing, slide, patio, etc. They played basketball with Joel and frisbee. We were barefoot with short sleeves all afternoon.

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Entry of Taylor, Childers into House and Senate campaigns raises stakes

Sid Salter

The script in Indiana went like this: Tea Party activists decided longtime Indiana Republican U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar “wasn’t conservative enough” to suit them and targeted him for defeat in the 2012 Indiana GOP primary.

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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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Different packing methods for anniversary trip to Atlanta

Lisa McNeece

Joel and I spent the weekend in Atlanta (Buckhead) for our 15th wedding anniversary. Although Joel and his friends go to Atlanta often for the SEC basketball tournament, I had never spent any time there, except for the airport.

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Hurricane Katrina & the Tea Party: Introductions are indeed in order

Sid Salter

Seems uncertainty reared its head in Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary this week. But the depth and degree of uncertainty – if one wants to call it that – between the two candidates really defines the race and points up the choices facing Mississippi voters.

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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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Excited to see Johnny McPhail’s appearance on HBO’s True Detective

Lisa McNeece

Joel and I have gotten hooked on HBO’s new series “True Detective” starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. So we were really excited when Ellard native Johnny McPhail said he would be in the last two episodes.

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Even with a stacked deck, UAW dealt a stunning loss

Sid Salter

Despite everything but an engraved invitation to unionize from the company, the 1,550 hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected representation by the United Auto Workers labor union by a vote of 712 to 626 on Valentine’s Day.

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