Immigration issue not as relative to Mississippi

Several candidates this election season chirped about immigration. In Mississippi, this was strange because while legions of foreigners may be coming to America, they’re not coming here.
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Why would anyone run for public office today?

We should have seen it coming in 2001. That’s when President George W. Bush selected U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Laurel for promotion to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pickering was met with a verbal assassination, and it has only become worse.

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What should we really expect on election day?

Question: What do you call a person with no body and no nose? Answer: Nobody knows. Get it?

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Do we trust locals to make the best decisions for themselves?

For Mississippi’s first 155 years, the power to tax was jealously guarded by the Legislature. It still is, but there was a lapse. Counties could collect property taxes, subject to state limits. Cities could collect those, too, and for about 90 years cities have shared in general sales tax revenue collected within their municipal limits.

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Thriving community must have dedicated newspaper

Newspapers are businesses like no other. While other employers contribute to community life, newspapers, when operating at their best, are centers for community conversation and drive the quality of community life.

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Want a Hyde-Smith and McDaniel debate? Here you go

Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi’s Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated. Yes, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and state Sen. Chris McDaniel hashed things out at the Tutwiler Civic and Social Club. No media was present, but here’s a transcript:

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Personal preference can’t be part of bidding process

Mississippi could use more leaders like Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher. He says what he thinks, does what he says he is going to do.

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Those forfeiting better judgment might sink

Long before there was a mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty, it was clear Capt. Bligh was unfit. As tensions built, the choice for his officers and crew became increasingly clear: (1) tough it out or (2) risk being hanged for deciding enough was enough.

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State lottery in actuality just another state tax

Jean-Baptiste Colbert was finance minister for French monarch Louis XIV. His best quote: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.”

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Next governor’s focus should be on funding the basics and jump starting economy

After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, “We’ve got to cut back. We’re spending more than we have.”
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