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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Mississippi will legalize marijuana in near future

The day is coming when marijuana will be sold legally in Mississippi under rules similar to those in place for whiskey, wine and beer.
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Some find humor, others anger over “roadgate”

OK, well, so no one is going to prison over “roadgate.”
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Barbour wants solution to immigration question

When Governor Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature, he defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor who tried to thwart their wishes.
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State can increase taxes without a tax increase

Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people – those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases – are going to be hit up for another $100 million every year. Imagine you get the money to spend as you wish, but your purity is intact. They can’t blame you in the slightest.

Open your eyes. It isn’t a dream. It’s real. And, for lawmakers, it’s better than an ice cold slice of Smith County watermelon plus a bowl of homemade peach ice cream on a July afternoon.

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Democracy can’t work with so few paying attention

The longer it’s around, the more it appears social media has the wrong name. It’s really antisocial media.
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‘Inappropriate’ covers wide range, needs understanding

Will Morgan Freeman be the person who brings perspective to the conversation? If so, that would be a good thing.
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People hold public officials accountable for the private economy

On the day Donald Trump was elected, a 20-gallon tank of gas cost a Mississippi driver $36. Today, The American Automobile Association says that same 20 gallons costs $52. A 44 percent increase. Does anybody care?
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