Medicaid safety net is critical

As noted more often than this writer cares to remember, the fact is that public health care for Mississippi’s poor, working poor, uninsured or underinsured is in the poorest state in the union an expense that will ultimately be borne by the taxpayers.
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The youth are often our true teachers

I’ve learned a lot over the past two weeks. I learned Vardaman softball player Maddie Terrell can dance to just about anything and likes to. I heard Calhoun City center-fielder Davione Hull raise his voice to ear-splitting levels I didn’t know possible while pumping up his teammates.
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New markets for plentiful state timber

How big an impact does forestry make on Mississippi’s economy? For the last six years, the Mississippi State University Extension Service says that forestry contributed more than a billion dollars annually with an estimated value of $1.2 billion in 2018 alone.
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Why did the turtle cross the road?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this, but it’s constant this time of year. Whenever I see a turtle in the road, I stop and carry it to whichever side it was facing and hope that’s where she was trying to get to.
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Shipyard’s future vital to our state

Only Walmart employs more people in Mississippi than does Ingalls Shipyards at about 12,500 employees. But Ingalls and other shipbuilders pay significantly better than Walmart.
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Enjoying the ride with ‘City, Lady Rams

Two nights, two teams, two places, and lots and lots of magic – that was my experience over the past week following the Calhoun City Wildcats and the Vardaman Lady Rams.
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Self-checkout jeopardizing cashier jobs

There were some justifiable fears in the late 1950s and early 1960s - threats like polio, global thermonuclear war, or the President appearing on TV to talk about anything. If he did, you could forget about TV for the night on either of the channels that were available to us (if the weather was right).
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A jazz filled birthday in New Orleans

I hadn’t been home 15 minutes and already I was bleeding.
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Public health care cost is still a vexing challenge

I often wrote over the course of 35 years about public health care finance with a level of personal engagement that reminds me today much of a walk through a really fine zoo. The exhibits were intriguing, yes, but I could certainly lose interest quickly and move on to another topic.
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A puppy, some baseball and lots of driving

During all my criss-crossing to get to various playoff baseball and softball games over the past week, there were a number of enjoyable moments.
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