Report eyes sluggish state tax revenues as a national phenomenon

Sid Salter

Does the Mississippi Legislature bear some responsibility for the impact that tax cuts have had on sluggish state tax revenues? Absolutely.
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Beyond Clinton & Trump: Where can voters ‘park’ presidential votes?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – First and foremost, I’m not advocating the whole notion of voters taking a powder on choosing between the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine or the Republican ticket of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence and “parking” their votes with a third party or independent.
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Are honesty, decency and service their own rewards?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Our American culture is such that we’re almost conditioned to believe that when people perform exemplary acts, those acts are somehow rewarded in proportion to the facts surrounding the deed.
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PSC should approve new transmission line

Emmerich

A Texas company is planning to build a high-voltage electricity transmission line linking the wind farms of west Texas to the deep South. The line would enter Mississippi near Vicksburg and run through the middle of Mississippi terminating north of Columbus.
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Mississippi is ahead of national curve in sentencing disparities

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – While the national debate continues over the influence of race and geography over prison sentencing trends, Mississippi is well ahead of the national curve on broader sentencing disparities.
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Murders of two Mississippi nuns underscores their Christianity

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Like most Mississippians, I absorbed the brutal news of the murders of two Catholic nuns in their Durant home Thursday with a mixture of incredible sadness and no small amount of anger.
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Immigration reform issues are slowly evolving in Mississippi

Sid Salter

A decade ago, while serving as state auditor, Phil Bryant offered taxpayers a performance audit entitled “The Impact of illegal Immigration on Mississippi: Costs and Population Trends.”
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Add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night

Emmerich

Now we can add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night. Headlines abound.
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Trigger warnings: Is there a right not to be offended or uncomfortable

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Part of the evolution of post-Internet life in our society is the growing notion – particularly in the media and on university campuses –  that consumers of content (print and digital content or simply those passing in view or earshot of a public event) should be warned that some of that content might offend them or make them uncomfortable.
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Bluster and blow aside, it’s the electoral vote that fills the White House

Sid Salter

Press coverage of the presidential campaign has focused more than usual on the outrageous rhetoric of the campaign and the social media reaction that rhetoric engenders.
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