Law gives warped view of Mississippi

Sid Salter

On many levels, I cringe right along with a lot of my fellow Mississippians when I read stories in the national media about how poor, unhealthy, backward, ignorant, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic we all — all, allegedly — are here in Mississippi.

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Angry bills, buddy bills dominate 2016 session

Charlie Mitchell

In 1980, a silly movie, “Airplane,” was released. In one scene a passenger loses her composure. The other passengers line up. Each one more aggressively tries to slap her back to her senses.
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Legislative leadership is being irresponsible

ag jim hood

The lieutenant governor of Mississippi has decided that huge tax cuts in the face of equally large reductions in a dwindling state budget make sense for our citizens. And yet, nothing could be more irresponsible.
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One party system proving bad for Mississippi

Emmerich

Our new Republican leaders are so desperate for new jobs, they’ll fork over billions in taxpayers’ money to bribe big foreign companies to come to Mississippi.
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I finally wrote one Tweet that actually expresses my beliefs

Sid Salter

For old-school newspaper opinion/editorial writers, Twitter has always seemed anathema to what we tried to spend our careers doing – challenging people to talk and think about the important public policy debates that confronted us as citizens.
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The image in the mirror

Ray Mosby

ROLLING FORK—“Mississippi Burning,” meet “Mississippi Shunning.” One we can watch via Netflix or on cable channels; the other we can watch play out before our very eyes. Neither is pretty.
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Legislation to rebuild and maintain roadway infrastructure is struggling

Sid Salter

Reports on Mississippi roads and bridges are so plentiful that one could pave several miles of roadway or shore up crumbling bridges with them, it would seem.
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Early voting is no more dangerous or beneficial than voter identification

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In some circles, Mississippi Republicans continue to push back against efforts to modernize Mississippi’s election and voting laws through changes that include early voting provisions.
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Executions aren’t supposed to be easy, quiet or hidden from public

Sid Salter

The legislative rationale behind Senate Bill 2237 presumes falsely that the business of taking an inmate’s life as punishment for a capital crime should be easy, quiet, free from confrontation or protest, and hidden as much as possible from public view or scrutiny. That rationale is incredibly flawed.
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Legislative leaders wise to let vouchers bill die

Sid Salter

In the wake of one of the most divisive and bitter political battles in recent state history over equity funding in K-12 education in Mississippi, legislative leaders were wise to allow bills that would have allowed public funds vouchers to finance student transfers to private schools die in committee.
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