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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mississippi

Court: In some places, the past is past

Editor Don Whitten writes about the Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision concerning parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, agreeing with the majority of the justices who say that “current conditions” should determine who is still required to get preclearance from the Justice Department for district line changes and voting guidelines. (June 26, 2013, Page 4)

Voters keep Oxford on path to prosperity

News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at our thriving community – one of the fastest growing in the state – and writes about the blessing and curses of growth and who’s in charge of the change that’s inevitable. (June 6, 2013, Page 4)

Term limits idea beginning to look better

Editor Don Whitten, long opposed to term limits, writes that he might be changing his mind about how long we allow members of Congress to serve. (May 29, 2013, Page 4)

Medicaid expansion – an investment worth making

Mississippi is, for a number of reasons, the unhealthiest state in the union. And with that condition, there’s poverty and the effect it has on paying for health care. News Editor Jonathan Scott looks into one option – expanding Medicaid – that seems to be a no-brainer when it comes to helping the needy in the state. (May 9, 2013, Page 4A)

Public health: A positive return on investment

Mississippi Public Health Association Executive Director Charles “Buddy” Daughdrill writes a guest column to remind all that April 1-7 is National Public Health Week and to point out the value of a strong public health system to the community as a whole. (April 2, 2013, Page 4)

Menu measure offers food for thought

News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at Senate Bill 2687, concerning menu-labeling of food we purchase and eat, in relation to Sunshine Week and its slogan, “Open government is good government.” (March 15, 2013, Page 4A)

First lady’s obesity campaign not political

Politics comes into play when people like and approve the president and first lady. However, there are times when politics shouldn’t be a part of it, and Editor Don Whitten writes that one of those times is when first lady Michelle Obama pushes her campaign to end childhood obesity. (March 4, 2013, Page 4A)

Sequestration – finding some middle ground

Webster’s definition of sequestration seems a bit different than what’s being talked about these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a “political economy” definition and the wide range – depending on who you believe – of possible effects of sequestration. (February 27, 2013, Page 4)

Is ‘budgeting’ not a word in Washington?

You have to live within a budget. Schools have to go by a budget. Cities and counties have budgets. But what about Congress? So wonder Editor Don Whitten as he writes about the lack of budgeting talks and progress in Washington, D.C. (February 21, 2013, Page 4)

Charters not the ‘school choice’ Mississippi deserves

Anne White Foster writes a guest column about school choice, charter schools and public school education in Mississippi. (February 15, 2013, Page 4A)

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