Miss. Educators to State Leaders: Strengthen Our Schools

Joyce Helmick

The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) believes that our state leaders should concentrate on what already works in our high performing schools and provide the funding to duplicate those initiatives everywhere. Our state’s current funding formula is already a student-based model, the purpose of which is to ensure equitable funding for all students regardless of their zip code.
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Let’s help the less fortunate, not punish

Joel McNeece

There is no secret about the giving nature of Calhoun countians. You can see it in the successes of so many charitable events, the long list of benefits for local citizens listed each week in this newspaper and the number of good deeds performed routinely.
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Fun looking back at Bruce’s championship season; biking in Oxford

Lisa McNeece

I have enjoyed assisting Joel with the story this week on the 1996 Bruce State Championship Football team.
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Legislature’s MAEP overhaul effort clearly rooted in Initiative 42 fight

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly who is surprised that the Mississippi Legislature is considering making substantive changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program in the wake of last year’s politically bloody fight over Initiative 42 in 2015?
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When the train wreck arrives

Ray Mosby

Well, what always seemed like the inevitable, was. The looming train wreck that was the presidential candidacy of one Donald J. Trump finally crossed that bridge too far last Friday, and has begun its predictable downward spiral into oblivion.
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Government should invest in our national parks

Emmerich

There is no better reminder of why it’s great to be an American than the majesty, beauty, and richness of our history contained within our national parks. From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, to Vicksburg National Military Park here in Mississippi, the story of America is made available for all to experience. This year our National Park Service marks its 100 year anniversary and we all should celebrate this national treasure.
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Calhoun music rightly honored

Leo "Bud" Welch and Joel McNeece

I was standing next to Kempf Poole, chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission, appreciating the grin on his face as he watched Bruce bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch make his hot pink guitar sing from a chair just a few feet beyond the freshly unveiled marker celebrating Calhoun County music.
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Big Cypress Lodge, bicycling through Harbor Town made for great weekend

Lisa McNeece

Joel and I traveled to Memphis last Saturday night to do something we’ve talked about for a long time but just now finally got around to.
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Hurricane Matthew may impact presidential election’s outcome

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Fox News broadcaster Shepard Smith drew the ire of some TV viewers for a plainspoken warning to those who refused to evacuate prior to Hurricane Matthew making landfall when he said: “This storm will kill you ... it will kill your children, and it will kill your pets.”
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Wall of separation real one

Ray Mosby

There has been an awful lot of back-and-forth lately in both the national and social media debates over the always contentious subject of separation of church and state in this country.
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