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Editorials

07/11/2014 - 3:27pm

One of the dirty little practices of American politics is passing around cash during elections, especially in minority and low-income communities.

From contests for president to those for county supervisors, so-called grassroots...

07/01/2014 - 2:43pm

Three weeks ago, Thad Cochran looked to be in serious trouble. The six-term U.S. senator finished second to his Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel, in the initial GOP primary. Cochran seemed unengaged in his own election, and all the momentum...

06/25/2014 - 3:11pm

Hosemann hits Voter ID out of the park

No matter who wins this month’s elections in Mississippi, one winner whose name does not appear anywhere on the ballot is Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

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05/14/2014 - 4:09pm

Corporate rate must be competitive

 

Former President George H.W. Bush recently received a Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. These honors are presented annually, typically...

05/09/2014 - 12:17pm

The race card

Calling recent media fixations Donald Sterling and Clive Bundy racist is a fair description. Their own words condemn them.

Overall, though, the accusation of racism gets thrown around too often...

05/02/2014 - 3:18pm

Kudos to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors for getting it right.

Last week, the board voted to end its longstanding contract with Airwave LLC, the firm that was hired in 2008 to maintain the county’s emergency radio system....

04/24/2014 - 2:48pm

Medicare dollars

Whether physicians like Medicare or not, there certainly are some startling numbers in the payments some of them have been receiving through the system.

The...

03/11/2014 - 3:17pm

Last year around this time, Mississippi announced that it would be giving Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Tire Corporation an estimated $135 million in state and local incentives to build a plant in West Point.

At the time, we...

02/28/2014 - 1:25pm

District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen literally got road-blocked last week as three of his state-aid road projects were delayed so County Engineer Rudy Warnock could confer with the state-aid engineer, Dan Tolar.

Steen believes the board...

02/20/2014 - 3:01pm

Problem with electing school superintendents

Bingham Moncrief has apparently been bad news for the Scott County School District. He has been good, however, for proponents of requiring all school superintendents to be...

02/13/2014 - 3:16pm

Everybody loves Hollywood and nobody as much as the star-struck Mississippi House of Representatives, which recently voted 116 to 3 to subsidize movies made in Mississippi.

Film subsidies have been around for years. It is so easy to...

02/04/2014 - 3:09pm

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address, tried to play to his environmentalist lobby by trumpeting alternative energy, especially solar.

He also advocated more use of natural gas, which although it does burn cleaner than...

01/30/2014 - 12:58pm

Again this week, Mississippi legislators were discussing the problem and cost of remediation in higher education.

Trying to teach students at junior and senior colleges the material and skills they should have mastered in high school...

01/26/2014 - 9:33am

Last week’s overwhelming approval of adding another 1 percent to the sales tax in Jackson sent a couple of messages.

First, the situation with the crumbling infrastructure in the capital city — potholed streets, ruptured...

01/16/2014 - 3:42pm

The city of Jackson’s hasty decision to implement a five-dollar surcharge on ticket sales at Thalia Mara Hall is, simply put, a bad idea.

In November, the city council approved placing a $5 fee on all tickets sold at the hall...

09/04/2013 - 12:13pm

Education leaders in Mississippi and elsewhere continue to belabor under a false belief: namely, that all students should be college material.

The truth is, that’s never been the case and probably never will be. Some people are...

12/07/2012 - 11:14am

The November 28, 2012 Jackson Free Press carried an article by Ronnie Mott arguing that allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthy would not increase unemployment. She wrote “… businesses don't expand or contract...

10/17/2012 - 12:46pm

The more authority Mississippi surrenders to the federal government, the more our citizens pay.

Jackson has entered into a federally-mandated consent decree to make $400 million in upgrades to its dilapidated sewer system. You can...

09/13/2012 - 11:55am

As Mississippi lawmakers and Gov. Phil Bryant deliberate over what form merit pay for teachers might take, it’s certain that standardized test scores will be a significant part of the proposal.
They should be. The tests are the...

08/02/2012 - 11:06am

Assault weapons

 

Whenever there is a mass shooting in this country, the reaction from both extremes of the gun debate is predictable.

Gun-control advocates use the carnage as an excuse to argue for stricter...

07/25/2012 - 10:02am

There is a great irony in a Mississippi lawsuit that’s still trying to block Obamacare from taking effect.

The lawsuit, to which Gov. Phil Bryant added his name as a private citizen after it was filed in 2010, claims that...

07/06/2012 - 2:55pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that limits what states can do about immigration control vindicates Mississippi  Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Reeves, to his credit, bucked Gov. Phil Bryant and the tea party folks who wanted...

06/27/2012 - 12:02pm

The sad case of the Madison couple now facing 30 years in prison for growing marijuana highlights the schizophrenia of our nation’s marijuana laws. Seventeen states now allow medical marijuana to be grown in the home. In Mississippi and...

06/27/2012 - 11:59am

Building a brand new Hinds County jail just because some locks don’t work has got to be the worst idea we’ve heard in a long time. Has anybody told the Hinds County Board of Supervisors there’s a Great Recession going on? Has...

06/20/2012 - 12:47pm

Mississippi may be making some progress in addressing its obesity epidemic — at least among children, according to figures released this week.

Unfortunately, the improvement is not across the board. Younger kids are slimming up...