To compete, state must move past analog governing in a digital world

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As noted in prior writings, I’ve watched the evolution of the digital divide in Mississippi from several unique vantage points.
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After Congress repeals ACA, state still confronts health care realities

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – What is the future of public health care in Mississippi if Congress proceeds with the Republican majority’s plan to do away with the Affordable Care Act?
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Budget woes will add fire to fight over BP settlement distribution

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The legislative battle over the ultimate distribution of some $750 million in economic damages from the BP oil spill settlement was always going to be heated and contentious.
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Public pension worries are state’s ghosts of Christmas yet to come

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As we saw earlier this month, it’s rather difficult in December to escape the life lessons from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – nor should we.
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Raytheon training system in Meridian could bring more than 450 high tech jobs

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In Meridian and Lauderdale County, excitement is high over the possibility of some 450 high-quality, high-tech jobs that will come to the community should defense contractor Raytheon win U.S. Air Force approval of their innovative T-100 Integrated Air Training System proposal.
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Pearl Harbor’s 75th anniversary illustrates how nation has changed

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Can it be that 75 years have passed since the “Greatest Generation” of Americans had to endure and respond to the bombing of Pearl Harbor?
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Throughout state’s history, electing judges has been inherently partisan

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – All due respect, it’s almost laughable that Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Ceola James is blaming U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson for her loss in a re-election bid on Nov. 8.
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Legislative leaders prove the fix is in on public education

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Public education and transparency were on the chopping block in your Capitol recently.

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Lawmakers again will confront calls for highway, bridge improvements

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Nothing has changed since last year’s version of the legislative fight over the future of Mississippi’s transportation infrastructure system with the exception of the absolute certainty that neglect combined with a historic drought in much of the state that the state’s highways and bridges are in worse shape now than they were a year ago.
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Protests aside, electoral system worked and it wasn’t rigged

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – President-elect Donald Trump served up a lot of controversial comments, gaffes, outrages, and unfounded accusations over the course of the 2016 election cycle – but at the end of the day, Trump won the election and won it fairly within the rules of presidential electoral politics.
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