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The unprecedented success of the United States, sustained for more than 243 years, certainly has many causes. For one, a people who believe in freedom, equality and following the law is crucial. Without a populace who respects those ideals, any rules the government makes to try to promote them aren’t going to work in the long run.


Book fiasco

After allowing the books at the Charles Tisdale Library to rot, it now appears that the Jackson-Hinds Library System will let the city of Jackson foot the bill for disposing of them.

Last month, the Jackson-Hinds board of trustees voted to abandon its interests in the E. Northside Drive facility, effective September 30.



Fossil fuel independence

American drivers used to pay a high price whenever there was military action in the Middle East. The best examples were during the 1970s, when the Arab oil embargo and the Iranian revolution caused steep increases in gasoline prices.


Facebook slander

Good for Pike County Circuit Judge David Strong, who recently held a Summit woman accountable for her slanderous comments on Facebook about a locally owned business.

Strong issued a judgment against Amber Griffin, ordering her to pay more than $134,000 in damages and attorney fees to the woman who owns Susan’s Shoppe.



Punishing electric cars

A new Consumer Reports study shows that Mississippi's new tax on electric vehicles (EV) will be 158 percent higher than the comparable gas tax on a regular vehicle. That's approximately 2.5 times more; it will be one of the highest electric vehicle taxes in the nation.




Opioid lawsuits

The maker of OxyContin could pay as much as $12 billion spread over time between 2,000 municipalities nationwide, including several in Mississippi, as part of a tentative settlement announced September 11, according to Associated Press reports.


Tempest in teapot

Jim Hood’s investigation into Tate Reeves’ alleged arm-twisting to try to get the taxpayers to fund an access road into his gated community might be fodder for some commercials.

As a campaign bombshell, however, in the governor’s race between the two, it largely fizzled.



Social disaster

The era of Facebook profiting madly off the trashiest, most libelous gossip it can show to its users could be coming to an end thanks to a government — not ours here in America — finally showing some backbone against the tech giants rapidly destroying our culture.



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