Remembering John Bondurant: He was a quiet American Hero

Sid Salter

FOREST – Solid, productive communities are built on the strong backs, impeccable character and reliable vision of men like John Furniss Bondurant.

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In modern digital crossfire, is it really a free country?

Sid Salter

There’s a lot things I see and hear in the media – traditional and digital – that I disagree with. I find a growing amount of it offensive in some way. A little of it actually angers me.

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Memories of Christmases past now dominate my holidays

Sid Salter

As I’ve written before over the years, the newspaper business taught me one inescapable fact – for all the joy the Christmas season brings, it also brings for some a measure of regret and sadness.

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Here’s hoping congressional earmarks define senate race

Sid Salter

Before Club for Growth and others engage in revisionist history over the question of congressional earmarks in Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, let’s reflect on the record.

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Allain’s term as governor rose above nasty campaign

Sid Salter

The announcement of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain’s death this week at the age of 85 brought back memories of the time 30 years ago when Mississippi and the rest of the nation waded through one of the more bizarre chapters in the state’s political history and perhaps the dirtiest campaign seen in this state before or since.

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What will the U.S. House do with online sales taxes?

Sid Salter

Back on April 25, the U.S. Senate by a vote of 63 to 30 passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a measure which would empower states to collect sales tax out-of-state online purchases. The bill would exempt small businesses that earn less than $1 million annually from out-of-state sales.

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Corinth, Alcorn county leaders not just talking, but planning

Sid Salter

CORINTH – Every economic development entity, every chamber of commerce and every regional economic alliance talks about growth, new jobs and ways to bring increased prosperity to their locales. But in Corinth and Alcorn County, their leaders are not just talking about growth – they’re planning for it.

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Hi-Tech Scott County defense plant has weathered three decades

Sid Salter

This week Raytheon Co. announced a 150-job expansion at their plant in Forest, Mississippi.  Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority played a central role in making that happen, along with City of Forest and Scott County officials and the state’s congressional delegation.

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Strange bedfellows emerge as marijuana policy debate rages

Sid Salter

After voters in the states of Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana in their states, the public debates there moved on next to the obvious conflicts between state laws legalizing pot sales and the prevailing federal laws that prohibit the sale of weed.

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Cochran’s re-election decision may be more complex this time

Sid Salter

Five years ago at the University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, I was asked to conduct a public interview with Mississippi’s senior U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during his bid for a sixth term against Democratic challenger and former state legislator Erik Fleming.

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