Transparency – not so much

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I see this a lot in government. Take the Mississippi Transparency Act of 2008. This law requires the creation of an online database detailing state expenditures. What a great idea!
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Rebellion created greatest nation the world has ever seen

The Committee of Five: (from left) 
John Adams, Roger Sherman, 
Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson 
and Benjamin Franklin

The Declaration of Independence was written by five men: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. We know a lot about Adams, Jefferson and Franklin. Sherman and Livingston, not so much.
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If we delay maintaining our roads we will eventually all be driving off-road vehicles on dirt roads

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Mississippi voters need to get up to speed on the debate about highway funding. There’s a lot of money on the line.
How much money? TRIP, a national transportation research group, just completed a study claiming deficient roads are costing Mississippians $2.9 billion a year in vehicle repairs, traffic delays and crashes. That’s about $1,500 per vehicle.
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The most Southern place on earth

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In a world changing at an ever-increasing pace, the spring convocation of the Delta Council stands as a monument to the old days.
The Thursday cocktail party on the banks of Deer Creek in Leland is one of my annual favorites. Everybody arrives in colorful cotton sartorial splendor, even though the surrounding fields are now mainly corn. On my bucket list is to show up one year in a pink poplin suit.
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Do police roadblocks work?

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote how the ACLU is suing Madison County over a variety of police tactics, including roadblocks. The suit claims African-Americans are being targeted.
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Truck farming could be beneficial for rural Mississippi

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Restaurant entrepreneur Jeff Good has a grand plan to transform rural Mississippi and bring back truck farming using a high-tech farm-to-table model. There’s eight billion dollars at stake.
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Remembering the millions who paid the ultimate sacrifice

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Memorial day is set aside to honor the 1.2 million Americans who died fighting for this country. About half of those soldiers died in combat. The other half died from accidents, disease and other wartime hazards. 
For every soldier who died during wartime, 50 served and lived. We honor them on Veterans Day in November.

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The constitutionality of road blocks by law enforcement

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Madison county Sheriff Randy Tucker isn’t the only person who has been caught up in the constitutionality of road blocks. It’s a question that even the U.S. Supreme Court is having trouble deciding.

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Unfilled potholes, cronyism, sexual harassment lawsuits don’t sit well with voters

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So now Jackson will have yet another mayor. Let’s pray he’s a good one. Incumbent Mayor Tony Yarber only received five percent of the vote. Ouch. Apparently unfilled potholes, cronyism and sexual harassment lawsuits don’t sit well with Jackson voters.
Like Yarber, our likely new mayor, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, will come to office with practically zero experience in running a city. That does not bode well.

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Mississippi makes big improvement to procurement laws

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Mississippi has made a step in the right direction. Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law significant reform of our bidding and procurement laws.
State Rep. Jerry Turner, chairman of the House committee on Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency, rated the new laws a “10 on a scale of 1 to 10.”

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