Education funding plan eases problems for lawmakers, not schools

A modified method of distributing state revenue to local public school districts will have little impact on school quality.
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When will Trump supporters say enough is enough?

What are you willing to look past to get what you want? It’s a great question. Consciously or not, we ask and answer it almost every day.
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Spark of life possible for Yazoo pumps project

In the financial world, an annuity is an investment that pays out cash installments – often for a lifetime. In the world of Mississippi journalism, the Yazoo Area Backwater Pumps Project is an annuity – a story that never goes away.

The idea was first unveiled in a little room in a little building in Rolling Fork in the mid-1970s. A slide projector and screen were brought in and set up so about a dozen people, most of them from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, could explain the situation.

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A few grievances to open 2018

Jolly Rancher-flavored Pop Tarts. The very thought is disgusting. Kind of like crushed peppermint on scrambled eggs.
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It’s possible: Mississippi could send a Democrat, too

For the second time, the extreme political right overplayed its hand and delivered a Republican U.S. Senate seat to Democrats. Next year, Mississippi could provide the third example that Americans are not as kooky as it sometimes appears.

Be clear about this: Last week’s special election win by Doug Jones in Alabama was not a victory for the political left. Also, it was in no way a repudiation of President Trump, as many have boasted. It had nothing to do with Trump, who would win the presidency again today in Alabama as he would in Mississippi.

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Mississippi both gracious and vicious

My, my, my. Such language. Granted, having Donald Trump at the opening of a civil rights museum was akin to asking Jeff Davis to deliver the eulogy for Abraham Lincoln, but the reaction! And the variety! To some degree, it illustrates why few sane and sober people seek public office.
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Can’t make mass murders stop until the cause is identified

When a patient shows up with an ailment, a doctor is sometimes able to cure the ailment. At other times, the doctor is limited to treating the symptoms resulting from the ailment. Doctors know the difference.
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Thanksgiving is a middle child, but deserves attention

Confession: Much of what follows is recycled. But recycling is a good thing, isn’t it? The thought being repeated is that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are a trifecta of holidays, all in a row. Bam, bam, bam.
Thanksgiving, like a middle child, can get lost in the shuffle.
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Better school, better community

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men have had their first meeting. Their challenge is to put the Jackson Public Schools back together again. No small feat.
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Journalists don’t “dumb down” their copy

Imagine a timber crew idling around their pickups in the moist, early-morning silence of a pine forest, waiting for their workday to begin. A tardy member of the crew pulls up, kills his engine, opens his door and steps out, his laced-up boot sliding just a bit on the scarred ground. He ambles around to the bed, lowers the gate and slides out a shiny new 40-inch Stihl. Without a word and in an instant, his mates notice, then gather around in hushed awe and admiration. His shoulders seem broader, head higher.
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