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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April 15 tax deadline brings home state’s fundamental contradictions

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Among the many lessons I learned from my all-too-brief time with the late broadcaster Jack Cristil was his pointed, rather surprising take on paying his taxes.

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Alabama’s yellowhammer.com pulled best April Fool’s stunt

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In my days in the newspaper business, I always enjoyed April Fools’ Day editions. Perhaps my best effort came in the early 1990s – during the height of President Bill Clinton’s administration – when I outed Forest, Mississippi, resident Doris Mowrey as one of the former Arkansas governor’s “lovers.”

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WalMart is still Mississippi’s largest single employer

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Like 20 other states – including Alabama, Arkansas. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas – Mississippi’s largest single employer is Wal-Mart. As Jerry Seinfeld once famously said, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

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Dysfunctional, wasteful IHL system should go

RobertForHerman

On June 30, 2009, when I retired as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, I made a commitment to avoid any public comments regarding the IHL Board, Ole Miss, our medical center and the other universities in the state. I moved my office off campus to the UM Foundation, which I used infrequently. I have tried to stay out of the way.

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