Public hospitals should be, public

Ray Mosby

Politicians are all about transparency. They love to talk about it, love to wrap themselves in the trappings of it and promise to do all they can to ensure that we have more of it.

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Taxpayers deserve sun shining on public hospitals

Layne Bruce

JACKSON – Let’s get one thing straight. Problems that engulfed Singing River Health System are by no means indigenous to Jackson County.

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Ford guided House into modern era

Sid Salter

The House that freshman state Rep. Tim Ford joined in 1980 was one ruled by an all-powerful speaker who took care of his friends, ignored his enemies and marginalized the relatively small number of African American lawmakers – a group that had grown from four to 17 in the election that brought Ford to the Legislature.

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Looks like state will have a 2015 governor’s race after a fashion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi is going to have a contested governor’s race in 2015 after all – well, after a fashion. The entry of successful Madison attorney Vicki Slater into the race guarantees incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Bryant an opponent.

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Manning: Convicted murderer catches another appellate break

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – News that the state Supreme Court has granted convicted quadruple murderer Willie Jerome “Fly” Manning of Starkville a new trial in two of those murders rocked this community this week.

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Stan Brinker: Metropolis produced another super man

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – in the DC Comics I read as a boy, Metropolis was since 1939 a grand city that was home to Superman and The Daily Planet newspaper where’s Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent worked and kept a close eye on Lois Lane.

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I still miss the magic

Ray Mosby

COAHOMA—In this, the hamlet of my youth, there once lived a magic woman, whose influence upon my life and those of my siblings can never be overstated.

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Judge Lee modernized state appellate court system

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The death of the retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Roy Noble Lee Sr. should be noted for what it is – the passing of the man who led efforts to modernize the Mississippi court system despite the strongest possible ties to the status quo in Mississippi.

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This time, Rapunzel was going to spin kudzu into black gold

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I like to think of it as the day that Mississippi taxpayers were told that with a little faith and an investment in new technology, we could turn kudzu into gold. Black gold, Texas Tea, you know the rest of the song.

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MAEP battle will be fought on two fronts with numbers and language

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The brewing battle over what the Mississippi Legislature does with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) conflict will be defined both by numbers and by language.
Proponents of the Better Schools, Better Jobs group are pushing a ballot initiative to amend Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the state provide and the Legislature fully fund an “adequate and efficient” public school system.

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