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One last Scouting hurrah

January 30, 2015

I had just finished all the complicated logistics involved with flying my plane to northern California, when I got a text from the Troop 302 scoutmaster: “Would you and John like one last hurrah with the Scouts before he turns 18? Going to Sipsey Wilderness Area this weekend and the forecast looks good.”

Tax reform should boost jobs

January 29, 2015

President Obama is pitching more of the same tax-and-spend proposals — this time to a Republican majority in Congress. In his State of the Union address on January 20, he outlined a tax plan that follows a formula as misguided as it is familiar: funding more government bureaucracy by imposing billions of dollars in tax hikes over the next decade.

Finding common ground

Tax reform should boost jobs

January 29, 2015

President Obama is pitching more of the same tax-and-spend proposals — this time to a Republican majority in Congress. In his State of the Union address on January 20, he outlined a tax plan that follows a formula as misguided as it is familiar: funding more government bureaucracy by imposing billions of dollars in tax hikes over the next decade.

Finding common ground

Cleaning out the notebook

January 28, 2015

Sometimes my Reasonably Right notebook gets filled with items that don’t require a full column but deserve a mention. This week, I’m cleaning out recent political items from the notebook.

What’s the alternative?

January 27, 2015

State lawmakers may think that will be the question voters will be asking about the language in a proposed constitutional amendment on education funding. But voters may be asking that question in a different manner. Just what is the alternative to adequately funding education?

More jobs, but fewer with jobs, huh?

January 26, 2015

“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013,” so noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week.
During the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from.
Huh?

McCain would sink shipyards

January 23, 2015

Maverick Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain carried Mississippi with 56.7 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election, and he has visited the state multiple times before and after that election. The Vietnam war hero has family roots in Mississippi, and is fairly — although not universally — popular here.

School funding battle brings focus back to initiative process

January 22, 2015

So how it is that Mississippi voters are facing three choices on the 2015 ballot on the question of funding K-12 education in Mississippi?
One choice is to vote in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment pushed by the “Better Schools, Better Jobs” in the form of Initiative 42. Initiative 42 would require Mississippi to fund an “adequate and efficient system of free public schools.”

What is Jim Hood’s move?

January 21, 2015

The chatter from a number of people around the state Capitol is that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood won’t run for reelection. Or, he is contemplating a run for governor against incumbent Phil Bryant. Or, he is most definitely running again. Or, he has decided against running, but wants to be convinced that he should run for the good of the Democratic Party and the state.

It’s not about Islam

January 20, 2015

It was bad enough when neither President Obama nor anyone in his administration would utter the words “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamic terrorism,” or link “acts of violence” to Islam in any way. Now progressives in the mainstream media have begun a ‘conversation’ (the latest politically correct nomenclature for addressing issues) to distinguish what is and is not Islam.

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