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Monday, July 28, 2014

Mississippi

Letters to the Editor

Deirdre Cooper Owens writes to urge state legislators to expand the number of Mississippians eligible for Medicaid, a move she says will help the state economically as well as in health care. (January 30, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Retired Lafayette County educator James E. Herod passes along information about teacher certification and his take on charter schools. (January 29, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Lena L. Ward writes to say that Mississippi lawmakers need to stay away from making changes to the public employees’ retirement system (PERS) in Mississippi and concentrate on creating more jobs within the state. (January 21, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to say that the language in the Second Amendment is pretty clear when it comes to guns and a militia, Harry P. Owens writes to say that we need to move forward with reasonable gun regulations and David Smith writes to say that a recent editorial cartoon distorted the truth and misinformed readers about tax increases. (January 18, 2013, Page 4A)

What about the failing charter schools?

Former Mississippi state superintendent of schools and Oxonian Dick Boyd writes to ask if lawmakers are considering the results of failing charter schools along with the success stories, and he cites ratings from Ohio in his guest column. (January 16, 2013, Page 4)

Charter school fears

Education – and charter schools – will be a big subject for discussion and possible action in the state Legislature this session, and guest columnist Buddy Chain takes a closer look at some of the fears and concerns he has about substantially expanding the number of charter schools in Mississippi. (January 7, 2013, Page 4A)

‘Fiscal cliff’ game goes down to the wire

The biggest game over the past four or five days wasn’t in the NFL or NCAA; it was in Washington as government officials played the “Fiscal Cliff” bowl. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the game, picking out some highlights and some good and bad plays. (January 2, 2013, Page 4)

State among best in emergency preparation

A report last week showed that Mississippi ranks among the top states in the country in preparation for emergencies. Editor Don Whitten writes that he’s not surprised since Mississippians have long handled and responded to many of those situations. (December 26, 2012, Page 4)

What would you do with lottery winnings?

Editor Don Whitten dreamed last week he’d won a share of the $580 million lottery. It was only a dream, but read how Whitten says he might have used his post-tax winnings. (December 3, 2012, Page 4A)

Hostess issue affects more than our taste buds

Shelves in grocery stores have big gaps where Hostess Inc. products once were placed, and a future without Twinkies, Sno Balls, Dolly Madison products and Wonder bread is upsetting a lot of folks. Of a bigger concern, Editor Don Whitten writes, are the thousands of families affected by the company shutting down. (November 26, 2012, Page 4A)

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