Low voter turnout in 2017 Mississippi municipal election bodes ill for future

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reported low voter turnout in the recent round of state municipal elections. That’s distressing on any number of levels.
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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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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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Holland: Obstinate, compassionate, profane, intelligent, crazy like a fox

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Of all the characters I’ve come to know in almost four decades of writing about Mississippi politics, none is more memorable than State Rep. Steve Holland, the Democrat from Plantersville.
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Several factors involved with Mississippi’s revenue shortfall

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – A report by the nonpartisan but decidedly liberal think tank the Center on Budget and Public Priorities documents that Mississippi is far from alone in the current fiscal year’s revenue shortfall and subsequent budget cuts.
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MSU’s women took us on a journey of pride, hope and joy

Sid Salter

DALLAS – I’ve been a Mississippi State Bulldog all of my life. Old Main Dormitory burned six days after I was born in 1959.
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Triumphs, tragedies marked Bill Minor’s storied journalism career

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Bill Minor – who deservedly embodied the title “dean of Mississippi journalists” at the time of his death this week at age 93 – likely wrote the most honest self-assessment of his world view in “South Writ Large,” an online publication of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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Before ACA, taxpayers were already obligated to provide indigent care

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Perhaps the most frustrating fallout from the ongoing national struggle over “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act has been the suggestion that any outcome is going to somehow relieve taxpayers of the responsibility for funding indigent and/or uncompensated health care. Wrong.
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Gorsuch’s “personhood” writings will impact confirmation debate

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – For all of the questionable, quirky, and downright bizarre actions and utterances of our newly-minted President of the United States, Donald Trump appears to have done yeoman’s work in selecting a wise, deliberate, and qualified nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Health insurance debate is producing difficult questions

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – My wife and I are in our 50s and chase grandchildren. So, in my health insurance, do I need maternity coverage? Does my wife need prostate exam coverage?
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