Monthly Archives: June 2016

Father of U.S. Constitution Feared Factionalism

If our founding fathers could watch the malfunction of our state and local governments and the lack of reasoned discourse therein, what might they say? A good place to look would be the Federalist Papers. Huh? Oh that’s right. Besides … Continue reading

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Reasoned Discourse Becoming Historical Relic in Twitter Age

“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American. A timely topic. Almost 242 … Continue reading

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Republicans Own Malfunction of State Government

Republicans now dominate state government and own its performance. Since 2004 the governor’s office has been held by a Republican. Governors make most appointments to executive boards and agencies in Mississippi. Lieutenant governors and speakers of the house make a … Continue reading

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Authorities Treat Parents Differently in Hot Car Deaths

The black father whose eight month old daughter died after being left for hours in a hot car in Grenada was charged with second-degree murder and thrown in jail. The white mother whose two year old daughter died after being … Continue reading

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Research Nuggets on Closing Learning Gaps

Statistical research studies make for dull reading. But they can provide useful info nuggets for policy makers. Dr. Roland Fryer is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory. In March … Continue reading

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City and County Taxes Need Study too

Legislative leaders, having passed one of the largest tax cuts in state history, now say they will conduct a comprehensive study of Mississippi’s tax structure. “This session we had proposals that were just all over the map — proposals to … Continue reading

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