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Will Tax Cuts Ease Economic Distress and Health Disparities?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked “distressed,” nine “at-risk,” three “transitional,” and none “competitive” or “attainment.” Rankings did not change from last year. What do … Continue reading

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Take the Wheel America and Enable More John McCains

Recited the Pledge of Allegiance lately? Once upon a time in America school children were required to stand, face the flag, and recite the pledge each morning. Remember how it goes? “I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States … Continue reading

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Will GOP Congress and Legislature Become the New “Death Panels”?

In the 1960s popular songs like “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, and “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King echoed a growing mood in the country to care for people … Continue reading

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Casinos May Get Sports Betting on the Sly

Speaking of doofuses, did you see Geoff Pender’s column entitled “Did legislative leadership really fall for sports-betting rope-a-dope?” Or the earlier Mississippi Today story entitled “Lawmakers: Didn’t think law would legalize sports betting?” Lots of legislators are saying they didn’t … Continue reading

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Save Us from Doofus Driven Debacles

“Doofus” is an intriguing and timely word. The Oxford Living Dictionary says it likely originated in North America in the 1960s and suggests it is either an alteration of the word “goofus” or from the Scottish word “doof” meaning dolt. … Continue reading

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Do Republicans Really Care About Debt Reduction?

So, is reducing the national debt still the priority concern for Republican leaders? Remember the rhetoric: “The national debt threatens our way of life; it threatens the value of our national currency; and it threatens our ability to pay for … Continue reading

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‘Shared Services’ Still No Laughing Matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh… and sometimes think. His monologue about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality.  It … Continue reading

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