Do you agree that Mississippi legislators should choose one of two strong criminal justice reform bills to prevent the state’s prison...
One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. […]
Speaker Philip Gunn’s plan was announced before the Senate plan was announced on Monday. House Republicans believe if we are going to improve our educational system, we must invest in good teachers. For this reason, we have led the effort to implement a teacher pay raise this year. The plan we have proposed invests in […]
Military cuts should not include fewer personnel It amazes me to hear how stupid some of our policy makers in Washington can be. Yes, our government needs to cut spending and it needs to start now; but, the military is not the place to start. Especially, by cutting personnel and needed equipment. Note, I said […]
Does your community have anything at stake in bond proposals under legislative consideration?
A top-tier issue in this year’s session of the Mississippi Legislature – the first pay raise for the state’s teachers in seven years – will be front and center this week. A House bill with the first installment of a $4,250 raise over four years must make it out of two Senate committees in some […]
As the state budget works its way through the Legislature, the news is not good for Mississippi taxpayers. As things stand, we risk losing our best teachers and state workers, all the while giving hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to everyone from shopping centers to multistate corporations. A productive workforce is key […]
These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in “The Crisis” on Dec. 23, 1776. He was recruiting citizens to fight for the Creator-endowed unalienable rights of all men to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence. Just over 12 years later, on March 4, […]
Oxford school board seeks defeat of some legislation There are several troubling education bills being considered during the current legislative session that would be detrimental to the Oxford School District and to public education in Mississippi. We, as Oxford School Board members, are concerned about them. HB 1476 is the Mississippi Adequate Education (MAEP) funding […]
OK! I am confused. The Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate have passed bills creating a way for parents of various special-needs students to receive $6,000 from the state for education purposes. Sounds reasonable at first read but then the questions begin: • Who identifies the students and how? • What if some students, such […]