Monthly Archives: January 2017

Two Meridian Representatives Introduce Conflicting Bills

Meridian Republican Representative Steve Horne has introduced House Bill 305 to abolish party primaries for state and local elections. Meridian Republican Representative Greg Snowden has introduced House Bill 496 to require party primaries for state and local judicial elections. Hmmm. … Continue reading

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Road and Bridge Crisis Causes Great Ponderation

Riding the rural highways of Mississippi, it’s easy to see why so many citizens want taxes cut. Vistas of disrepair and deterioration overwhelm. Strapped folk in these areas see little benefit from state spending. To them, every precious dollar they … Continue reading

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Trump Tweets Unnerve Trent Lott

“He is very capable of doing a switcheroo really quick, which can be a good thing or it can not be.” This was former Senate Majority Leader and Mississippi Senator Trent Lott talking about president-elect Donald Trump. Switcheroos, as Lott … Continue reading

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Beware of Leaders with Unchecked Shadows

History tells us when those who yield to their shadow selves choose leaders of their ilk, calamity, often war, follows. Carl Jung labeled the dark side of self as “the shadow.” His psychiatric research into personality found people to have … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution for State Government

Resolved:  State government will only provide the services our people need and only tax enough to cover costs for these needs. Hmmm. Many folks will unpack this resolution in different ways. Some will confuse “need” with “want.”  Others will severely … Continue reading

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Strangulation Budget Hits State Employees, Poor

Merry Christmas state employees. The budget proposed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn, and their budget committee colleagues targets you. If you get to keep your job, they want you to work harder and do more for … Continue reading

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Is Out-of-State Student Growth Good for Mississippi Taxpayers?

“USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline. “The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and … Continue reading

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