Voting ‘Yes’ on Initiative 42 is a good start for education

Charlie Mitchell

You’d think that with a better-educated workforce the consensus key to a better Mississippi, the Legislature would leave no stone unturned in dogged pursuit, focusing its full attention on schools in this, the state that lags all others.
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MAEP should be fully funded but end doesn’t justify means

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The political furor over Initiative 42 has been one that I have found difficult to watch evolve. In writing about public policy in Mississippi for more than 30 years, I have long supported increased funding for education at all levels.
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Initiative 42: The siren in the night

Marty Wiseman

Perhaps many of you have seen the new GE commercials that have been running quite frequently lately.  [Read more...]

Internet taxes, internet sales are two very different things

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – National Taxpayers Union president Pete Sepp submitted op-ed columns to newspapers around the country in recent days trying to drum up an extension of the federal Internet Tax Moratorium and aiming that column in Mississippi at U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo.
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Education is the singular issue for this election

David Hampton

Candidates running for state office are talking about a lot of different things, but in this election year there is really only one issue to consider  — education.
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Mississippi’s position in future UAS regulation matters

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Perhaps no recent technological development has engendered more curiosity and has more room for possible mischief in the hands of unscrupulous people than has the development and proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles or systems (UAV and UAS).
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Trump bringing back immigration as a presidential campaign issue

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – If nothing else, billionaire Donald Trump has brought the complex issue of illegal immigration back to the forefront of presidential politics.
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Campus incident brings focus, clarity to the job of educators

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I was in a second floor classroom in McComas Hall teaching 16 Mississippi State University students a course called News Editing and Design on Thursday, Aug. 27, when the “Maroon Alert” came across my phone.

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Fallout from Epps scandal had roots in private prison expansion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In great measure, the emerging judicial and political fallout from the bribery scandal surrounding former Mississippi commissioner of public safety Chris Epps had its origins in Mississippi’s private prisons expansion that began some 20 years ago.

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Supreme Court upholds role of Legislature in initiative process

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After the state Supreme Court ruled that circuit judges indeed aren’t empowered to rewrite legislative alternatives offered to initiative and referendum questions, state voters are back to three basic questions on future funding of K-12 education through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.
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