Don’t be deaf to the experience of others

It was certainly no surprise when race bubbled up more than a month ago in the runoff between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy.
It wasn’t the dominant theme, of course, despite the fact that Hyde-Smith is white and Espy is black. It arose only after Hyde-Smith made a jovial remark about “public hanging” at a campaign stop in Tupelo.
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No one has filled shoes of Pres. George H.W. Bush

It’s true that George H.W. Bush was the last president from The Greatest Generation. This week, commentators have pointed out that when Bill Clinton defeated Bush when he was vying for a second term, Clinton’s youth was a big plus.
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I’m thankful, but here’s some aggravations too

Long-time readers (for whom I am grateful) may recall Thanksgiving columns have often been homilies on how choosing an attitude of gratitude lessens stress, enhances enjoyment of life. (Too, long-time readers may not recall any such thing – what with op-eds having the same lifespan as grease in the bowels of a goose.)
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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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