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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mississippi

Rep. Mayo’s state income tax bill getting lots of looks

Oxford state Rep. Brad Mayo and two fellow Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would eventually eliminate the state income tax in Mississippi, and that bill is getting a lot of attention around the state. We have the same questions as everyone else: will the numbers actually work and, if they don’t , how will things get paid for? (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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)

Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

William N. Beckwith writes about supporting the ballot initiative about cannabis infractions, noting there will be an event Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall offering citizens a chance to sign papers asking to put the issue on the ballot next year. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

What will the next budget pie look like?

With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

It’s time for our lawmakers to get to work

Lawmakers are getting ready to head to Jackson for the start of the new session, and Our View is that they have lots of important issues to deal with and need to be prepared and stay focused on doing what’s best for all Mississippians. (January 4, 2015, Page 4A)

Body cams for cops a win-win situation

The Oxford and University police departments already have body cameras in use. State Rep. Chuck Espy plans on introducing legislation next year that would help fund body cams around Mississippi. And President Barack Obama has called for $263 million to help law enforcement agencies around the country get body cams. We applaud all three and see equipping officers and those on patrol with body cams as good for the agencies and the public they serve. (December 17, 2014, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Pati D’Amico-Warren writes to say that it’s disappointing to hear that Megabus is not using Oxford as a hub any more because of lack of business and to note that’s another step backward for public transportation in Mississippi, while Jesus Soto writes to ask for assistance with an English project his California high school is doing on the Magnolia State. (December 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Let’s keep politics out of education

Common Core and its educational standards appear to be batted around like a beach ball between politicians and lawmakers in the coming months, and our view is that we need to leave politics out of education. (December 5, 2014, Page 4A)

Preparation key for early winter weather

It’s much cold much earlier than normal, and that means we have to be prepared sooner this year for the effects and issues that come with freezing temperatures. Everyone is urged to look after those who need extra help — the elderly, the young, pets and some plants — as an extended cold front moves through the area. (November 13, 2014, Page 4A)

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