From food stamps to tax collections, state’s economy improving

Sid Salter

How bad and how pervasive was the latest recession? Well, it was deep enough that every state in the union saw an increase in the number of food stamp recipients.

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Implementation of state’s new Voter ID law was a non-event

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Imagine my absolute shock on Election Day when I approached the South Starkville precinct with my wife and we were indeed not overrun by voters stampeding from the precinct in fright over the requirement that they produce a photo ID in order to vote.

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Senate race: Goldwater was wrong, extremism is a vice

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly who among us becomes convinced that an incapacitated dementia patient’s dignity, safety and privacy are expendable so long as those sacrifices are useful in swaying a few votes in a political campaign?

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MSU grads hear how world’s dinner table is expanding

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – On a joyous occasion like one’s college graduation, few of us want to think about hunger and deprivation.

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Opponents of Voter ID continue to engage in wishful thinking

Sid Salter

Columnist Bill Minor’s recent ramblings on the question of whether Mississippi’s voter identification laws will withstand federal judicial review in a lawsuit that hasn’t been filed indulge far more wishful thinking than actual illumination of the evolving legal environment.

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Chemical shortages are thwarting efforts to ‘sanitize’ death penalty

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Can we really “sanitize” the death penalty so as to avoid pain and suffering by the condemned inmate?

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State voter identification program set to debut in June 3 primaries

Sid Salter

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is telling everyone he sees about two national awards the state won for its Voter ID campaign.
Barring a lawsuit, the June 3 primaries in Mississippi will mark the first time the state has required voter identification in a statewide election, putting into practice a policy Mississippi voters approved by 62 percent of the vote back in 2012.

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Amazon begins collecting online sales tax from Floridians this month

Sid Salter

Online retail giant Amazon.com this month began collecting sales tax for online purchases made by Floridians. Why now? It’s because Amazon.com now has a physical bricks-and-mortar presence in Florida.

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Nation’s warning label crusade approaching ridiculous levels

Sid Salter

First came the Surgeon General’s warnings on the packs of cigarettes that I once smoked. The warnings were correct, of course, and perhaps necessary to supplant the influence of massing advertising campaigns that targeted young people.

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States exploring all options over road and bridge repair funding

Sid Salter

While there were a number of legislative victories during the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature, lawmakers could not reach agreement on a long term fix for an old problem – the fact that the revenue structure for funding road and bridge construction and repair in Mississippi isn’t keeping pace with the projected costs of the state’s needs.

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