Justice Scalia knew difference between gun rights, public safety

STARKVILLE – The Parkland, Florida school shootings brought the nation’s sharpest and most painful political debate back to the forefront – pro-gun versus anti-gun. For most engaged in that debate, there is no middle ground.
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Despite contrary claims, HB 1083 changes existing gun rights policies at universities

STARKVILLE – Full disclosure: I’m a public university employee and a gun owner.
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Barbour’s embarrassing mistake illustrates depth of partisan divide

STARKVILLE – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s lapse of memory, judgment, or whatever one chooses to call it that left him facing a federal misdemeanor gun charge, is what it is.
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Economic numbers effectively pad Trump’s first “State of the Union”

STARKVILLE – Even the harshest and most ardent critics of America’s first reality show star to be elected to the U.S. presidency have to take an honest look at the nation’s economy after his first year in office and marvel at President Donald Trump’s performance.
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Day of reckoning awaits all who ignore online sales tax issue

STARKVILLE – Like the old Fram oil filter commercial promised, we can pay now or pay later – but I’m not talking about oil filters. I’m talking about foregone sales tax revenues. Mississippi taxpayers are facing future pain at the state and local levels if current policies don’t change.
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‘Preacher’ Killen’s death closes a shameful chapter in state history

STARKVILLE – There was a generation of Mississippians who not only were unapologetic for their involvement in violent institutional racism enforced by fear and mob rule, but were likewise rather proud of their notorious reputations earned in pursuit of those misguided and dangerous goals.
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Harper’s decision brings increased intensity to 2018 mid-term elections

The decision by Third District U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Pearl, to step down from his post at the end of the year can’t help but bring increased intensity to what already promised to be a watershed Republican primary in Mississippi’s 2018 mid-term congressional elections.
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After unexpected interruption, let’s resume our conversation

STARKVILLE - If you will allow, gentle readers, I’d like to resume our four decade conversation on these pages after an eight-month hiatus. I have sorely missed the interaction with you.
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Low voter turnout in 2017 Mississippi municipal election bodes ill for future

STARKVILLE – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reported low voter turnout in the recent round of state municipal elections. That’s distressing on any number of levels.
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Parole, probation; Mississippi should consider additional Corrections reforms

STARKVILLE – During his two terms as governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour usually couched his public ruminations over proposals to reform Mississippi’s prison system and past “get tough on crime” mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines by observing: “Mississippi needs to decide who we’re afraid of and who we’re just mad at.”
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