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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.

Sometimes, thank you is the best goodbye

January 19, 2015

A surprise at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Starkville School District Board of Trustees touched and moved me. Superintendent Lewis Holloway brought up my plans to leave the Starkville Daily News and return to school, he thanked me for my work covering SSD over the past few years and the board responded with applause.

Departed leaders leave MLK Day legacy

January 16, 2015

 Our community lost two stalwart leaders in 2014: Carole McReynolds Davis and Ava Moore.  Both were instrumental in establishing an integrated celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday back in 1995. Twenty years later in 2015, as we conduct the first celebration without them, their efforts should be remembered. 

Shipbuilding plans could run aground

January 15, 2015

The Navy’s shipbuilding plans — absent a huge transfusion of money — are about to run aground, with serious consequences for the industry and U.S. foreign policy.
The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plan, which covers 2015 until 2044, has the service building 264 vessels for a 306-ship force, what the Navy refers to as “battle force ships.”

House passes alternative to I-42

January 14, 2015

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted 64 to 57 to place a legislative alternative to Initiative 42 on November’s statewide ballot. The new measure, which would appear in addition to the original ballot language, was sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden of Meridian.

What are Americans really like?

January 13, 2015

Older pastors in the community welcomed the bright, young preacher with gifts of commentaries and reference books. After a few months the young preacher confessed theology and biblical doctrine were so complex and difficult to comprehend that sometimes he had to read the Bible to understand them.

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Attacks on journalists an attack on freedom

January 12, 2015

On Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Twelve men and women were murdered for expressing their freedom of speech. Sadly, it is not an isolated incident.

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