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Editorials

08/13/2014 - 10:03am

The Southern Co. was dealt a huge — and deserved — blow this week when Mississippi’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously to delay prudency hearings on the controversial “clean coal” plant the utility giant...

08/05/2014 - 2:11pm

Ron Dickey didn’t have much of a chance to begin with at unseating incumbent Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District.

But the Democratic challenger has torpedoed his own campaign by apparently puffing up...

08/05/2014 - 2:09pm

The torturous election fight between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Tea-Party challenger Chris McDaniel has suddenly gotten more complicated.

According to an attorney for the Mississippi Republican Party, crossover voting - the key point...

07/30/2014 - 8:02am

It has been a rough couple of summers for the legacy of Haley Barbour’s eight years as Mississippi governor.

There is the ongoing drama of Chris McDaniel’s allegation that Barbour and other influential supporters of Sen....

07/22/2014 - 12:46pm

There are many factors that can spell the difference between success in school and failure.

Some of these you can’t realistically control. The education level and economic condition of the parents, for example. Or the stability...

07/22/2014 - 12:41pm

PIDs, URDs, TIFs – Madison County is mired in three-letter words. 

Suffice it to say, PIDs issue bonds for infrastructure, and the local government might have to “step in and help” if...

07/15/2014 - 12:45pm

It has been a rough couple of summers for the legacy of Haley Barbour’s eight years as Mississippi governor.

There is the ongoing drama of Chris McDaniel’s allegation that Barbour and other influential supporters of Sen....

07/11/2014 - 3:27pm

One of the dirty little practices of American politics is passing around cash during elections, especially in minority and low-income communities.

From contests for president to those for county supervisors, so-called grassroots...

07/01/2014 - 2:43pm

Three weeks ago, Thad Cochran looked to be in serious trouble. The six-term U.S. senator finished second to his Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel, in the initial GOP primary. Cochran seemed unengaged in his own election, and all the momentum...

06/25/2014 - 3:11pm

Hosemann hits Voter ID out of the park

No matter who wins this month’s elections in Mississippi, one winner whose name does not appear anywhere on the ballot is Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

...

05/14/2014 - 4:09pm

Corporate rate must be competitive

 

Former President George H.W. Bush recently received a Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. These honors are presented annually, typically...

05/09/2014 - 12:17pm

The race card

Calling recent media fixations Donald Sterling and Clive Bundy racist is a fair description. Their own words condemn them.

Overall, though, the accusation of racism gets thrown around too often...

05/02/2014 - 3:18pm

Kudos to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors for getting it right.

Last week, the board voted to end its longstanding contract with Airwave LLC, the firm that was hired in 2008 to maintain the county’s emergency radio system....

04/24/2014 - 2:48pm

Medicare dollars

Whether physicians like Medicare or not, there certainly are some startling numbers in the payments some of them have been receiving through the system.

The...

03/11/2014 - 3:17pm

Last year around this time, Mississippi announced that it would be giving Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Tire Corporation an estimated $135 million in state and local incentives to build a plant in West Point.

At the time, we...

02/28/2014 - 1:25pm

District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen literally got road-blocked last week as three of his state-aid road projects were delayed so County Engineer Rudy Warnock could confer with the state-aid engineer, Dan Tolar.

Steen believes the board...

02/20/2014 - 3:01pm

Problem with electing school superintendents

Bingham Moncrief has apparently been bad news for the Scott County School District. He has been good, however, for proponents of requiring all school superintendents to be...

02/13/2014 - 3:16pm

Everybody loves Hollywood and nobody as much as the star-struck Mississippi House of Representatives, which recently voted 116 to 3 to subsidize movies made in Mississippi.

Film subsidies have been around for years. It is so easy to...

02/04/2014 - 3:09pm

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address, tried to play to his environmentalist lobby by trumpeting alternative energy, especially solar.

He also advocated more use of natural gas, which although it does burn cleaner than...

01/30/2014 - 12:58pm

Again this week, Mississippi legislators were discussing the problem and cost of remediation in higher education.

Trying to teach students at junior and senior colleges the material and skills they should have mastered in high school...

01/26/2014 - 9:33am

Last week’s overwhelming approval of adding another 1 percent to the sales tax in Jackson sent a couple of messages.

First, the situation with the crumbling infrastructure in the capital city — potholed streets, ruptured...

01/16/2014 - 3:42pm

The city of Jackson’s hasty decision to implement a five-dollar surcharge on ticket sales at Thalia Mara Hall is, simply put, a bad idea.

In November, the city council approved placing a $5 fee on all tickets sold at the hall...

09/04/2013 - 12:13pm

Education leaders in Mississippi and elsewhere continue to belabor under a false belief: namely, that all students should be college material.

The truth is, that’s never been the case and probably never will be. Some people are...

12/07/2012 - 11:14am

The November 28, 2012 Jackson Free Press carried an article by Ronnie Mott arguing that allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthy would not increase unemployment. She wrote “… businesses don't expand or contract...

10/17/2012 - 12:46pm

The more authority Mississippi surrenders to the federal government, the more our citizens pay.

Jackson has entered into a federally-mandated consent decree to make $400 million in upgrades to its dilapidated sewer system. You can...