Nursing home cameras raise privacy, protection questions

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Far more than the Byzantine political considerations, the Cochran nursing home photo uproar raised issues that have absolutely nothing to do with politics and everything to do with privacy and protection.

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Understanding health insurance numbers key, plotting state’s future

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In 2013, the Census Bureau reports in their Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement that about 500,000 Mississippians or around 17.1 percent don’t have health insurance of any kind. Nothing.

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Fine print raises skepticism, both approaches to MAEP ‘full funding’

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove wants Mississippi to sue its way to so-called “full funding” of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), while other well-intentioned public education advocates want voters to approve a ballot referendum that purports to mandate education funding.

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His tired body played out, but Cristil’s voice never failed him

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – “Fridays With Jack” was what Jack Cristil’s daughters Kay and Rebecca wryly called my many kitchen table interviews with their father in the process of writing his 2011 biography on the model of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie.”

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Hurricane Katrina still casts a long shadow after nine years

Sid Salter

Mississippi communities are rejoicing over the fact that Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan Program debts are being forgiven by the federal government in area where those loans were made nine year ago for Hurricane Katrina relief.

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Immigration remains a political lightning rod in coming elections

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – With statewide elections looming next year and federal elections a year later, Mississippi voters can prepare for another round of electioneering that focuses on the question of illegal immigration.

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Ronnie Musgrove’s zeal over full funding for MAEP hasn’t waned

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The push being spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to gin up lawsuits against the state over the failure of the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is one that is understandable if one simply read his Wikipedia entry on his political views on education.

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Sen. Cochran answered his critics while Childers is ready to rumble

Sid Salter

PHILADELPHIA – What did I see and hear at this year’s Neshoba County Fair? During his July 31 appearance at the venerable campground fair, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran went back to the career characteristics that have marked his long and successful career to answer his critics.

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History ignored in debate over black vote, GOP Senate primary

Sid Salter

Reaction to the fact that black voters were either invited or influenced to take part in a Mississippi Republican second primary vote has run the gamut from histrionics to humor, but the fact is that the history of electoral entanglement between blacks and the Mississippi GOP is in great measure coming full circle.

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Black voter participation in GOP primary is not a step backward

Sid Salter

Back in 1995 in the film “The American President,” Michael Douglas delivered a speech answering a rival that for many defined the cynical, hardball nature of politics in our country when he said that his opponent was “interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

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