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Does Mississippi pay teachers enough to make changing from a current job to teaching affordable?
The death this week of former Gov. Bill Allain does not end the influence of his constitutional and legislative achievements, which include a landmark state Supreme Court edict forcing the Mississippi Legislature to obey the state constitution’s separation of powers doctrine, correctly shifting more power to the executive branch and the office of the governor. […]
The announcement of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain’s death this week at the age of 85 brought back memories of the time 30 years ago when Mississippi and the rest of the nation waded through one of the more bizarre chapters in the state’s political history and perhaps the dirtiest campaign seen in this state […]
Put me down for at least one good idea in 2013, as we stroll slowly toward a new year: renting a refrigerator for the family Thanksgiving get-together. About halfway through the elaborate preparations, my daughter turned to me and voiced her amazement that I was not stressing out as usual. “It’s the extra fridge,” I […]
Should constitutional mandates be strictly obeyed by legislators?
Sherry Davis’ confirmation Tuesday by the City Council brings to the Tupelo Public School Board a thoroughly and broadly qualified trustee with national credentials earned during her long teaching career, formerly in Tupelo and now at Itawamba Community College. Davis, a graduate of Tupelo High School, also earned three degrees from the University of Mississippi. […]
Well it looks like Comet ISON, which for months astronomers had speculated could put on a dazzling naked-eye light show in the holiday skies this Christmas, has turned out to be Comet Icarus instead. You remember Icarus, don’t you? In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of Daedalus. Daedalus was a master craftsman and architect […]
JACKSON In 2006, a number of Republican legislators crammed into then-Gov. Haley Barbour’s state Capitol office for the signing of a bill to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The only Democrat in the group was then-House Committee Chair Cecil Brown of Jackson. Brown waited with the group for the governor for a brief […]
Is a school board appointment a mayor’s most important appointive power?
Commissioners of seven Lee County volunteer fire departments who lost taxed coverage area to the city of Tupelo in a 2012 annexation voluntarily relinquished tax revenue from the annexed areas on Monday to avoid double-taxing property owners taken into the annexed areas. The issue, which had been contentious, was resolved when commissioners of the seven […]