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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mississippi House of Representatives

Will new sales tax holiday be worth it?

Since both the House and Senate have passed similar bills, it’s likely that Mississippi will soon see a tax-free holiday on hunting and/or fishing items and supplies in the near future. Editor Don Whitten wonders if the tax money that will be lost could be better spent on other needs in the state. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

Drug court grads aid prison reform effort

News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about how local and area residents who just completed their drug court program are showing state legislators that their ideas about prison reform and sentencing can work to help individually, collectively and financially. (February 13, 2014, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Don C. McConnell writes to take issue with the idea that names of those who possess a permit to carry a concealed weapon should be available to the public and questions the value of freedom of information in some cases. (February 25, 2013, Page 4A)

Payday lender approval needs to keep time limit

Have you ever taken out a payday loan? It’s something lots of people do every day, Editor Don Whitten writes, and it’s an industry he feels needs to be regulated and not given an open-ended approval to operate by the state Legislature. (January 28, 2013, Page 4)

Legislators need to work this conflict out

There’s a new “R” word being thrown around that has folks up in arms – “redistricting.” State legislators cannot agree on new district lines for the state House and Senate, and now it appears some members of the House will be joining a lawsuit that could involve the Senate. Editor Don Whitten notes that legislators need to work this one out – and soon – or voters will take care of the problem in one or two upcoming elections. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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