Mississippi makes big improvement to procurement laws

Emmerich
Mississippi has made a step in the right direction. Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law significant reform of our bidding and procurement laws.
State Rep. Jerry Turner, chairman of the House committee on Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency, rated the new laws a “10 on a scale of 1 to 10.”

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America’s 100-day dichotomy

Ray Mosby

It really could not have been more stark. On the symbolic 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the operant dichotomy of the American people—this country’s division into two mutually exclusive, opposed and contradictory groups—virtually slapped me in the face to the point of almost seeming tactile.

I have some sympathy for the president’s observation that the first 100 days business is a trifle ridiculous, first coined, as it was in a radio address by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, not about his time in office but rather about the 73rd Congress and representing only 3 percent of a two-term presidency.

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Public school business is supposed to be public

Joel McNeece

The past few weeks the Calhoun County School District has been at the center of a lot of news, and much of it hasn’t been very flattering.
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Bad storms mean dog sitting with Jack

Lisa McNeece

I was on the couch Sunday morning when the weather reports of tornado warning and severe thunderstorms started coming in over my phone and the TV.
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Parole, probation; Mississippi should consider additional Corrections reforms

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – During his two terms as governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour usually couched his public ruminations over proposals to reform Mississippi’s prison system and past “get tough on crime” mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines by observing: “Mississippi needs to decide who we’re afraid of and who we’re just mad at.”
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Ancient wisdom still applies

Ray Mosby

I came to realize quite a while back that there is just a lot to be learned from old dead Greeks.

And while that is true as it applies to life in general, perhaps nowhere is it as obvious than when it comes to politics as it is practiced in this country today. I’m thinking of making up some bumper stickers: “What this country needs is a few more old dead Greeks.”

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Marshall Fisher had plenty to say

Emmerich
I made a special effort to go hear Marshall Fisher speak at the Rotary Club of Jackson. I had never met the man and was eager to hear him speak. He has been occupying some of the most powerful and important positions in our state.
Fisher, the new head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is about as true blue a law enforcement professional as you will ever find. His resume is incredible.

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Calhoun a target of state leadership

Joel McNeece

Rural Mississippi is in trouble and the purveyors of these dangerous times are the current state leadership. That was the message Sen. Russell Jolly delivered at the quarterly Soil and Water Conservation District meeting in Calhoun City Monday night.
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First grandson should be here soon

Lisa McNeece

Our new grandson will be here in 9 days if not before. It’s been a long time since we have had a baby at our house, so it will be a change and a really long time since there has been a little boy.
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How will latest efforts to reform food stamps impact Mississippi?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – One inescapable reality is Mississippi’s status as the poorest state in the union. That reality also makes the utilization and usage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps an extremely relevant economic discussion in our state each year.
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