State’s educational attainment is linked to poverty, unemployment

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Since we’re headed into a courthouse-to-statehouse election year in Mississippi, the political conversation will of course turn to who is responsible for any and every thing that’s not to the liking of the state’s electorate.

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Christmas no longer about the presents, because it’s the presences that matter

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I remember so well the unbearable anticipation of Christmas Eve with my sisters Sharon and Sheila in the little teacher’s home across from the Beulah-Hubbard school in rural Newton County a half-century ago.

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Need government help to walk across the street? Stay tuned…

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Of course, it has name that fits our self-absorbed society – it’s called “distracted walking.” Consider it a second cousin to “distracted driving.”

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Pres. Obama-inspired lawsuit aside, immigration dance requires partner

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined a 17-state coalition this week in a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s unilateral executive actions on immigration. The suit seeks to bar President Obama’s action.
Nationally, Obama’s executive actions would spare about 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years from deportation and extend to them the right to work. Several hundred thousand young people would receive similar protections.

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Reeves’ ruling on same-sex marriage tied to 2004 election tactic

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly what was the genesis of the hard-hitting ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that granted a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriages?

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Bipartisan prison contract review board features strong characters

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – If anyone was expecting Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint a state Department of Corrections contract review task force panel that was a Republican rubber stamp crew, they are likely disappointed. Instead, Bryant appointed a strong bipartisan group of reviewers who have strong principles and who won’t worry about offending anyone.

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In parking lots, it’s amazing what passes for handicapped in state

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Go to a supermarket or big box discount store on any busy day and watch the circus. If the day you choose is a cold or rainy day, prepare to watch a three-ring circus.

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Cochran, the old scarred warrior, remains on the job on Capitol Hill

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The good news is that the significant majority of Mississippi voters – Republican, Democrat, black, white, conservative, moderate and liberal – voted against squandering the hard-won seniority of veteran Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by voting to re-elect him.

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Over $22.1 million later, Senate race nears merciful conclusion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – At the close of business on Friday, Oct. 31, Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate race had run up a tab of $22,129,447 and growing, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s “Influence Explorer” website. See for yourself at http://realtime.influenceexplorer.com/race/2014/S/MS/2/.

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Cochran-Childers race will test how state’s voters value seniority

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight.

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