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ROSS REILY: Educating our youth shouldn’t be about scoring political points

by Published: December 2,2014

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant, Tate Reeves

Helping one of my daughters recently with a book report, I am reminded about what public education should be all about — a proper education for all. The trailblazing Clara Barton, who my daughter has been reading about, had no political motives when she petitioned local leaders in Bordentown, New Jersey about establishing a free […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: IHL’S Bounds may be a good fit for Nebraska

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds is finalist for president of the University of Nebraska, a five campus system not unlike the multi-campus Mississippi system Bounds oversees as commissioner. In an interview with the Daily Nebraskan, Bounds expounded on his expectations should he becomes president: “Nebraska University constituents should expect me to ensure that students receive a […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful

Could we be more Thankful? Thanksgiving is the greatest of American holidays. Its initial observance is older than the nation itself. The Pilgrims, of course, viewed it more as a time of prayer and reflection, than today’s feasting and football frenzy. But let’s just admit it, with the Egg Bowl approaching most of us are […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant’s tax cut won’t stop spending growth

Did you catch the drift of the news stories about the extra money the Legislature expects to have for next year? Andrea Williams, WTOK-TV, “Next year Mississippi lawmakers will have more money to spend.” Bobby Harrison, the Daily Journal, “The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session.” Iris Barnes, […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — 10 essential tips for B2B marketing success in a digital economy

If you’re a small-to midsize-sized business (SMB) and in the business-to-business (B2B) space, you know how challenging the digital revolution has been for marketing and branding. Not long ago, a sale needed some sort of human interaction – even with the web. Now, from fact-finding to brand-relationship building, your customers rely on the Internet to […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — War brides’ true stories are meaningful and inspiring

by Published: November 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

This book tells the compelling stories of four English women who married American servicemen during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. when the war was over.  Being addicted to books about WW II, I started reading this book without realizing the stories are true. Learning that the four women are real — with […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Bernie Reed cites hard work as key to success of Reed’s Metals

I recently read an article advising foreigners on how to adapt to life in the United States. It noted, “Life in the U.S. is generally fast paced and busy. People don’t want to waste time on anything, even food. That is why the U.S. invented fast food and is the largest consumer of fast food.” […] [...]

LTE: With tax cuts, Gov. Bryant dismissive of least of us

  Editor, Gov. Bryant’s plan to cut taxes is an irresponsible and callous appeal to the worst instincts of Mississippians – personal gain at the expense of the greater good. Our state rates last or near last in too many categories to list and “extra” money could be used to at least make some attempt […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Top 5 social media campaigns of 2014 recognized at mashies

Successful social media campaigns tap into emotions, persuade action and inspire behavior – whether that’s happiness, hope, fear or yearning. Mashable, a leading digital news and social media company, recently held its annual Mashies Awards in New York, which revealed the year’s most outstanding examples of digital media from categories including Best Real-Time Marketing, Best […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Last Days of California is a compelling debut novel from a Mississippi native

It’s no secret that Mississippi has produced a number of literary luminaries, whether we’re talking about William Faulkner or Eudora Welty or Larry Brown. Our rich literary history isn’t just history, though — new voices abound, which is both encouraging and exciting. For avid readers, discovering these new writers and being able to follow their […] [...]

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