Bryant: State’s economic numbers reflect progress

Sid Salter

Country singer Merle Haggard asked the tough question in 1981 about the state of the nation’s future when he wrote a song that confronted the erosion of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. with this simple question: “Is the best of the free life behind us now? Are the good times really over for good?”

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Mississippi plans ahead for the zombie apocalypse

Sid Salter

After more than 30 years of reading think tank “white paper” analyses of so many indices of economic or social progress where Mississippi lags at or near last place among the states, here’s one category where the Magnolia State leads the pack. We’re No. 1!

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For MSU, Omaha sojourn is about more than baseball

Sid Salter

I’m a Mississippi State guy. Always have been, always will be. For more than 30 years now, I’ve made no secret of my allegiance to my alma mater and have never missed an opportunity to tell the story of what a difference Mississippi State University has made in my life and that of my late parents and my sisters. I love the place and I love the people.

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Tax collection growth bucks national trends in Mississippi

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – An analysis by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute at the State University of New York-Albany shows that the first quarter of 2013 saw state tax collections increase dramatically with strong growth in personal income tax collections – the strongest growth since the start of the last recession.

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Campbell, Clower both products of small Amite County church

Sid Salter

I’m sure that there are other small churches that have contributed significantly to this nation’s culture, but I likewise rather doubt that any church in America that has had a more profound impact on the culture of the rural South than has East Fork Baptist Church, located about a mile off Hwy. 24 in rural Amite County, Mississippi.

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‘D-Day’ anniversary should not fade from our memory

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – With U.S. World War II veterans dying each day at a pace of an estimated 1,000 daily and those who survive now in their 80s and 90s, the impact of the observance of the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion is lessened with each passing year.

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Too late to debate size and role of government after disasters

Sid Salter

How big do you want government to be? What government services do you consider essential? Are you willing to pay for the government you say you want?

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UAW and friends offer crocodile tears for Nissan job incentives

Sid Salter

As the United Auto Workers continue to try to win a union organization vote at Canton’s Nissan plant, they and their friends have begun public outpourings of crocodile tears over Mississippi’s economic development incentives utilized to bring the global automaker to the state.

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GOP’s Frierson points to cost side of state’s Medicaid expansion story

Sid Salter

Medicaid expansion won’t come without budgetary consequences in Mississippi. That’s the message circulated this week by the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to the state’s education lobby leaders as the time left for reauthorization of Medicaid for FY 2014 draws shorter.

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State’s late embrace of DNA helps case of Willie Jerome Manning

Sid Salter

The decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court to grant convicted quadruple murderer Willie Jerome Manning a stay of execution on Tuesday is one likely decided on the side of both political and legal caution in light of recent developments.

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