Which best describes the current talk by leaders of a state tax cut in the 2015 session?

Next year is an election year for everyone in state government, which means decisions will skew even more than usual toward what’s politically popular. What’s good politics, however, is not always what’s best for the state. Consider the current rumblings of a tax cut to be considered in the 2015 legislative session. The state’s top […]

The push being spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to gin up lawsuits against the state over the failure of the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is one that is understandable if one simply read his Wikipedia entry on his political views on education. That information makes clear that […]


OK. The sayings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even Ronald Reagan about civil society mean little to you. So, hear the words of Jesus, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31) and “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this […]

Wait on the results before banning e-cigs Many people are wanting to kick the cigarette habit and have found a way to do so in e-cigs. Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes is real, although studies suggest that exposure is far less from e-cig vapors than from the smoke of regular cigarettes. Nicotine emissions are 10 times […]

A recently released study from the U.S. Geologic Survey strongly illustrates the complexities in managing and planning economic and population expansion in the southeastern United States, with projections showing population growth of 190 percent in the next 46 years (2060). That span, as much is it may seem the distant future, is less time than […]

Explicit in Chris McDaniel’s challenge of the Republican senatorial runoff result is that only self-identified Republicans should be able to vote in a Republican primary. Let pureblooded Republicans select Republican nominees and hard-core Democrats pick who runs in the general election under the Democratic banner. Anything else is a defilement of the process, the argument […]

So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign). I’m not sure […]