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Gunn: No money lost with slow tax phase-out

March 4, 2015

JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn used an analogy involving goats and church tithing Monday to make the point that Mississippi would never lose money under a long-term proposal to phase out the state personal income tax.

Be prepared for anything when climb family tree

March 3, 2015

When I was asked to be the speaker at the Noxubee County Historical Society’s monthly meeting, I was a bit fearful. People interested in history know their stuff. They expect their speakers to be up to speed.

A little tolerance goes a long way

March 2, 2015

“Moderation is a fatal thing: nothing succeeds like excess.” — Oscar Wilde

ROLLING FORK—In the great matters of nation-states, the perspective derived from their individuals is often instructive.

Rural America: It’s complicated, really complicated

February 27, 2015

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much of rural America.

‘Redneck’ delivers blow to Kemper

February 23, 2015

When Tom Blanton walked into Hattiesburg’s Keg & Barrel, his usual place to get a burger, the place erupted. People were standing and cheering.
For good reason, because of Blanton’s lone ranger lawsuit, Mississippi Power Company (MPC) will have to return $276 million to 186,000 customers. That’s an average check of $1,483 for the ratepayers of southeastern Mississippi.

Death of Senate bill has consequences

February 19, 2015

The death of a bill in the Mississippi Senate that would have forbidden state tax dollars to go to any business entity that does significant business with Iran, with whom the United States has not had official diplomatic relations since the late 1970s, solved a potentially sticky problem that could have involved Toyota, whose plant in Blue Springs has just produced its 500,000th vehicle.

State contract reform laws should bear careful scrutiny

February 18, 2015

Is it any wonder that the Mississippi Legislature is actively, earnestly debating legislation that seeks to improve the process of how government contracts are awarded to remove opportunities for corrupt officials to engage in more looting of the public trust?

What role does religion play in nation’s history?

February 18, 2015

One of the latest progressive strategies among the elite in politics, media, and academia is to deny the roles God and religion have played in our nation’s history.
 When I was growing up we honored George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as two of our nation’s best presidents. Their pictures hung in our elementary classrooms over American flags where we pledged allegiance every morning.

The impersonator grabs the spotlight

February 16, 2015

Uh oh, former state senator Tim Johnson and Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef have turned the public spotlight on an ugly thing politicians like to keep under the rug.

Medicaid spending in state exceeds national growth

February 12, 2015

When former state senator Tim Johnson announced his decision to switch from the GOP to the Democratic Party in declaring his intent to take on incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, it was a virtual certainty that the subject of public health care spending would arise.

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