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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mississippi Legislature

Who should decide about consolidation?

There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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    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)

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      Let’s communicate about education

      Editor Don Whitten points out inconsistencies in what lawmakers, educators and parents think is best for our children and schools – for example, in whether to decrease, increase of keep the amount of time at school – and urges them to communicate better with one another. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Hunter Pace writes to disagree with a move by some state legislators to drug test Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients, saying it’s not a bill lawmakers should be bragging about. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Greg Surbeck writes to say that drug testing welfare recipients is not only unconstitutional, but also wasteful, unfair and unnecessary. (January 24, 2014, Page 4A)

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            Local legislators return to Jackson

            Education, corrections budget and systems expected to be hot topics during the upcoming Legislative session which starts on Tuesday in Jackson. (January 6, 2014, Page 1)

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              State’s resort guidelines fascinating

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at state laws and guidelines regulating resort areas and facilities. (December 2, 2013, Page 4A)

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                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)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Members of the Oxford School Board write to explain their position, preferences and concerns when it comes to pending charter school legislation in Mississippi. (March 29, 2013, Page 4A)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Jeff Justis expresses his concern abut some of the proposals introduced in the state Legislature as well as other issues, and writes that he’s glad to see similar views expressed by other letter-writers. (February 27, 2013, Page 4)

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