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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Local funding helps junior college students; national plan needs study

President Barack Obama could just as easily have pointed at a plan supported locally that helps provide tuition assistance for junior college students as other areas of the country. The president’s plan to make junior college education free for all needs further study, but certainly sounds promising if it can be paid for. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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    What’s the real state of the union as we begin 2015?

    President Barack Obama will be fulfilling the charge given the president in Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution with his State of the Union talk tonight. With expectations that he will spend more time making proposals for Congress to consider, we offer some of the changes between now and a year ago to show how various areas compare. (January 20, 2015, Page 4)

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      Let’s hope our leaders will actually lead

      With President Obama giving his State of the Union speech Tuesday and Congress moving along with its work, we are hopeful that we can see a bipartisan effort to effect changes that will help the country as a whole. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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        MLK Day of Service beckons all to help out

        Tomorrow, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, offers all of the community a chance to come together and help one another. (January 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Strict party-line voting usually leaves something to be desired

          When lawmakers, at any level, vote strictly according to the party line, it makes us wonder if they’re interested in what’s best for everyone. We were disappointed to see that earlier this week in Jackson, and call on both parties to have productive debates and compromise more often. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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            Education funding talk, vote should not be so party-oriented

            Mississippi representatives and senators passed a resolution that will place an alternative to Initiative 42 — that requires the Legislature to fully fund MAEP annually — on the ballot this fall. We have two concerns about the votes: that is was along party lines and that men representing Lafayette County and its education-oriented electorate would vote to muddy the water on an education funding issue. (January 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Dealing with flu, colds, sinus issues, et cetera

              Whether it’s the recent cold spell, the restart for schools or some other reason, the LOU community is being hit hard by illness. We encourage all to take care of themselves and avoid spreading the problems to others. (January 14, 2015, Page 4)

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                ‘Eggs and Issues’ event popular, informative; how about more?

                Monday’s “Eggs and Issue” breakfast with local legislators drew a capacity crowd at the Oxford Conference Center, and we thank our lawmakers for coming to update their constituents about what’s going on in Jackson early in the 2015 session. We’d encourage more events and visits like Monday’s to bring even more information to the voters and to provide valuable feedback. (January 13, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Republican rep’s words could backfire

                  We hope all our state lawmakers do what’s best for the state when it comes to dealing with new laws, changes to laws and funding. We also suggest they watch carefully what they say, especially if it’s something they would really rather be left alone. (January 12, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Lots of local citizens ‘stepping up to the plate’

                    Nearly two dozen have qualified to run for local and area positions this year through the first third of January, an increase over local elections four years ago. It’s good to see the involvement, and we thank those willing to run for public office. (January 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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