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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mississippi Legislature

Lawmaking a challenging, often thankless job

We don’t always agree with our representatives’ votes in Jackson and Washington, D.C., and we do have differences of opinion. But that’s all it is — a difference of opinion. We urge all to think about the challenges facing our lawmakers and give them the respect their position deserves. (March 9, 2015, Page 4)

State Reps’ funding move very disturbing

Local columnist T.J. Ray reacts to word that the Mississippi House of Representatives didn’t come anywhere near fully funding education for the upcoming fiscal year. (February 19, 2015, Page 4A)

Is tax proposal to help or to put off considering another bill?

It’s good for Oxford and other local and state municipalities to hear the possibility of getting a bit more return on state tax sales funds that are returned from the state. We wonder, though, if it’s part of a plan by state lawmakers to make it easier to continue to ignore a proposal that would allow municipalities to levy their own sales tax in addition to the state-mandated 7 percent? (February 5, 2015, Page 4A)

Approving an initiative can be a challenge

Editor Don Whitten tries to explain the initiative process and requirements in Mississippi by making a comparison to a bill that would make the Monday after the Super Bowl a federal holiday. (February 4, 2015, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Adrian Shipman writes to encourage readers to look into “Better Schools = Better Jobs,” a push to get full funding for Mississippi’s public schools. (April 18, 2014, Page 4A)

Local representative takes look at Medicaid expansion

Brad Mayo, who represents Oxford and District 12 in the Mississippi House of Representatives, answers some questions and expresses some concerns about Medicaid expansion and costs in a guest column. (May 23, 2013, Page 4)

The antidote to bullying is strong on policy

Remember those kids or groups of classmates you’d just as soon not have to pass by when you were growing up. What they were doing – bullying, whether we called it that or not – is as bad, if not worse, these days. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes on bullying to show that it’s something we have to tackle head on. (January 5, 2012, Page 4)

Laws that could make things easier

When state Rep. Johnny Stringer issued a release after Gov. Haley Barbour signed his bill that allowed driver’s licenses to be renewed every eight years, he said it was a good law because it would make things easier for people and eliminate frustration. Editor Don Whitten offers up a few more suggestions for laws that would probably do the same for a number of citizens. (October 10, 2011, Page 4A)

Eminent domain initiative measure

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about personal property, eminent domain and the initiative that will be on the ballot in Mississippi in November concerning that issue. (September 30, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Ken Sufka writes to say that it seems, once again, that Mississippi public school and college students will be short-changed by state leaders when it comes to funding education. (February 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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