Two state leaders – two very different views

At the start of every year, the Stennis Capitol Press Forum has Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and David Baria, leader of the House Democrats, talk in back-to-back sessions. It’s an interesting contrast in views on the state.
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PSC must continue to say “no” to Kemper

The final hearings for the failed Kemper power plant are under way at the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC). The billion dollar question is: Does this failed project deserve a billion dollars from the ratepayers of Mississippi? The answer from the PSC should be a resounding “NO!” but don’t expect this. When you are caretaking “Other People’s Money” vigilance becomes lax.
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Dependence on lotteries to fund schools an example of decline in morality

As King Solomon proclaimed in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. Mississippi is thinking about a state lottery. This debate goes way back.
 Lotteries helped fund the American colonies, going all the way back to Jamestown. In early American history, legislators commonly authorized lotteries to fund schools, roads, bridges, and other public works.
Then around 1830, evangelical reformers began denouncing lotteries on moral grounds. Scandals and corruption among lottery companies strengthened the reformers. By 1860, 47 American states and most European countries had banned lotteries.

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Mississippi needs to be a progressive state

A lot of Mississippians are happy with our existing state of affairs. Indeed, we are the most religious and generous state in the nation. We have great hunting and fishing, little pollution, great weather and plenty of room.
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Not off to the best start in 2018

Mississippi is not off to a good start to the New Year. The Census Department is reporting that our state has lost population three years in a row. The losses are just a few thousand, but it means for the first time in 50 years, Mississippi has stopped growing.
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Resolve to be better person, come to terms with weight

The beauty of the New Year is our momentary hope that we can actually do better.
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Thankful for my Christianity

My Sunday school class has been studying Ecclesiastes, an Old Testament book supposedly written by King Soloman 2,500 years ago.
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Support your local retailers this Christmas and beyond

This is the week for holiday season parties. Have fun and try not to eat too much.
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Celebrating our bicentennial

On Dec. 10, Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial. This Saturday will be the big day, coinciding with the opening of the new Museum of Mississippi History and the adjacent Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
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Plenty for us to be thankful for

How amazing that a few pilgrims 400 years ago landed on the grim and gray shores of America, scrounging a hard scrabble existence, living month to month and happy for the freedom to be who they wanted to be, think what they want to think and worship the Lord as they saw fit.
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