Be careful what you post on social media

Here’s some free advice: Be careful what you post on social media platforms. When you post, it can go all over the world and last forever. That’s one very scary aspect to the Internet.

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Imprisonment for drug addiction is wrong prescription

Two more states voted to legalize marijuana in the recent mid-term elections. Ten states now allow recreational marijuana. Thirty states allow medical marijuana. The latest polls show 66% of Americans now favor legalization. Canada has legalized recreational marijuana. Efforts are well underway to legalize marijuana on a federal level.

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State’s bridges are a political problem

Mike Pepper, executive director of the Mississippi Road Builders Association, came to our Rotary meeting prepared. Pepper projected on to a screen photo after photo of the splintered wooden underbellies of dozens of decaying bridges – bridges that thousands of Mississippians have been driving over every day for years.

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More prison reform needed in Mississippi, across the U.S.

One of the most disturbing statistics for our country is the sky-high incarceration rate. America has by far the highest incarceration rates in the world.

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The Capital City still needs a miracle

Jackson Mayor made a good appointment when he named Bob Miller to head the department of public works.
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Survived my 60th

August 2 is my birthday. The big 60 is finally here. Old age awaits. My first thought is that I made it. Not an easy task. I think of all the close calls. Surely, my guardian angel has been at work.
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Legislative committees need to regain their old authority

Since the Republicans replaced the Democrats as the dominant party in Mississippi a lot has changed in our state. The Republicans have been good at cutting, but not so good at governing.
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Facebook, Google can’t watch government like newspapers

Thomas Jefferson said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
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Pondering the Fourth of July

July Fourth marks the beginning of the Big Bake for most Mississippians. Get ready for two months of humid heat. Most people think the further south you go, the hotter it gets, but that’s not necessarily the case. As you move toward the equator, the summer days get shorter, offsetting the more direct sun rays.
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State government growth has come to a halt, not sure if good thing

For Better or worse, Mississippi Republicans are fulfilling their promises to cut state government. This is a dramatic change from the doubling each decade since 1990.
Based on the annual reports from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, total state spending grew 124 percent from 1990 to 2000, 99 percent from 2000 to 2010, but only four percent from 2010 to 2018. That’s a huge shift.
In other words, after two decades of doubling in size, the growth of state government has come to a screeching halt since the Republicans booted out the Democrats as the dominant party in the state.

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