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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Do the two traditional political parties survive and thrive after the 2016 race?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As I write this column, the polls remain open and voting continues in the 2016 presidential election. Democrat or Republican, Clintonite or Trumpster, liberal or conservative, the candle of hope for the candidate you support still burns bright.
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Hope this disgraceful election was a bottoming out

Charlie Mitchell

“I let down … the dreams of all those young people that ought to get into government but will think it is all too corrupt….”
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