STARKVILLE – Earlier this year, I wrote about Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall’s lone wolf effort to focus attention on the fact that this state’s infrastructure revenue stream won’t keep pace with the demand for highway construction and maintenance at current and future costs.
STARKVILLE – Back in 2007, I wrote extensively about how Mississippi was attempting to deal with what was then called an “epidemic” dropout problem in Mississippi public education.
STARKVILLE – Surprise, surprise, the federal government is pushing the states to expand Medicaid. Should President Obama win re-election, look for that pressure to intensify regardless the opinion of the nation’s highest court.
STARKVILLE – The combination of strained government budgets at every level, a stagnant economy, and rising food and fuel costs will force policy makers to confront every possible source of government revenue save a straightforward tax increase.
STARKVILLE – There’s no real question that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act fundamentally changed the composition of the elected leadership of the South and that the provision served its purpose in circumventing oppressive Jim Crow laws that disenfranchised black Southern voters from Reconstruction to the mid-1960s.
STARKVILLE – For my father, the reliable lecture designed to teach his children to be thankful and appreciative for the things we had and to stress less about the things we wanted but didn’t have always centered on his own childhood Christmases.
STARKVILLE – In the national political conventions of my youth, the events offered drama and intrigue that rivaled modern-day reality television shows. Today’s conventions offer virtually no drama.
STARKVILLE – Not since comedian and later telethon impresario Jerry Lewis uttered his lowbrow slur of our state in 1968 has television stirred such a reaction in Mississippi as did the good folks at the Weather Channel in describing the possible landfall destination of Hurricane Isaac as the “land mass between New Orleans and Mobile.”
STARKVILLE – Supporters of voter ID laws across the country have embraced the notion that such laws serve as a deterrent to voter fraud and safeguard the free exercise of the right to vote. Moreover, those same supporters have rejected the accusations that voter ID laws constitute acts of voter suppression that should be compared to the old horrors of poll taxes, literacy tests and overt voter intimidation of minority or poor voters.
STARKVILLE – The weekend’s wall-to-wall coverage of Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate ignored what for many of us in the “flyover” states are the hard facts of the 2012 presidential election.