Charleston church shooting highlights intersection of mental illness, guns

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In the wake of the stunningly senseless murders of nine worshipers at one of the nation’s most historically significant black churches in Charleston, South Carolina, the debate again rages over the cause of this tragic crime.
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Universities still battling global food insecurity

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Hunger and food insecurity are problems that are at once global and local. To be sure, relatively affluent nations like the U.S. face far less dire circumstances than to regions of the world like Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Prisoner work program cuts are “trickle down” economics

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I’m not particularly surprised that Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher is stepping on the toes of local and county government leaders as he attempts to clean up the mess in operating the state’s prison system left behind by the corruption-riddled regime of former Commissioner Chris Epps.

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Delta Council sees 80 years of progress

Sid Salter

CLEVELAND – The 80th Annual Meeting of the Delta Council on May 29 on the campus of Delta State University presented a tableau of modern Mississippi that will likely never make network television or the national newspapers.

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Pew study: The church and politics

Time was when it was rare that folks would dare engage in partisan political discussions within the confines of a Christian church.

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Remembering B.B. King with a case of the “Backwater Blues”

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – One of the things I enjoyed most about doing a few years of talk radio in the state was hearing the reaction of listeners around the state to the “bumper” music that accompanied the show on the SuperTalk Mississippi network.

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Reactions to slaying of Hattiesburg policemen are illuminating

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In Mississippi, the brutal slayings of two Hattiesburg policemen – one white and one African American – has been illuminating.

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Whores by any other name

Ray Mosby

ROLLING FORK— A conservative friend of mine contacted me last week highly irate over the notion that the professional ladies at Nevada’s famed Bunny Ranch had made something of an unorthodox political statement by banding together to make clear their 2016 presidential preference in calling themselves “Hookers for Hillary.”

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State’s education reform can’t be a partisan effort

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – During a recent screening of the outstanding documentary film “The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi” a rather provocative question was asked by John F. Marszalek, the distinguished professor emeritus of history and the current executive director of the U.S. Grant Presidential Library at MSU.

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Twice rejected by state voters, term limits push begins again

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel and his United Conservatives Fund followers wants Mississippi voters to reconsider the old notion of term limits – something state voters have already twice rejected in the initiative and referendum process.

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