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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Claims that the presidential election is rigged are wrong, dangerous

Sid Salter

Republican Donald Trump’s claims that the presidential election is “rigged” throws red meat to his base and feeds an insurgent campaign just what it needs to maintain intensity – but such claims are patently false and undeniably dangerous.
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New formula for funding is not all public schools need

Charlie Mitchell

Interviewed on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Joyce Helmick made a great point. The topic was the state leadership’s apparent quest to abandon Mississippi’s existing K-12 funding formula, calling the formula antiquated and ineffective. Her comment was, “How do we know? It hasn’t been tried.”
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Choice between a jerk and a crook

Emmerich

This is the last issue before the November 8 presidential election so I guess I'm obliged to write about it for the first time.
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Mississippi’s 2016 presidential vote unlikely to produce any major surprises

Sid Salter

Observers who are looking for Mississippi to provide any major surprises in our state’s 2016 presidential balloting are likely to be disappointed. From 1980 to the present, Mississippi has voted Republican in presidential politics.
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William Winter’s words still ring true

Emmerich

One of my heroes in life is Gov. William Winter. He was a close friend of my father. It was an honor to be presiding over the Rotary Club of North Jackson when he came to speak.
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Miss. Educators to State Leaders: Strengthen Our Schools

Joyce Helmick

The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) believes that our state leaders should concentrate on what already works in our high performing schools and provide the funding to duplicate those initiatives everywhere. Our state’s current funding formula is already a student-based model, the purpose of which is to ensure equitable funding for all students regardless of their zip code.
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Legislature’s MAEP overhaul effort clearly rooted in Initiative 42 fight

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly who is surprised that the Mississippi Legislature is considering making substantive changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program in the wake of last year’s politically bloody fight over Initiative 42 in 2015?
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Government should invest in our national parks

Emmerich

There is no better reminder of why it’s great to be an American than the majesty, beauty, and richness of our history contained within our national parks. From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, to Vicksburg National Military Park here in Mississippi, the story of America is made available for all to experience. This year our National Park Service marks its 100 year anniversary and we all should celebrate this national treasure.
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