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TODD SMITH — 10 steps to better writing from David Ogilvy, father of advertising


Perhaps Earnest Hemingway said it best: “Writing’s easy, just sit at a typewriter and open a vein!” Great wisdom from one of the greatest writers of all time. It’s been said that the ability to write well helps a person achieve focus, which leads to better, clearer thinking. Great writers are gifts, but good writing can be achieved through constant ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Without a Creator can men be created equal?


Next week we celebrate our founding fathers’ 1776 decision to declare independence from England. In so doing they laid down the principles that would guide the new nation. Their Declaration of Independence began: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the news media from Pew Research Center


Following a recession that sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have transformed the entire industry, and impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the mammoth shifts taking place, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. In 2015, the newspaper sector had perhaps the worst year since the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Anatomy of a failed economic development project

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This is the story of a failed economic development project. The names and locations have been changed to protect the guilty. It is a lesson for economic developers and community leaders seeking to recruit large projects to their areas. A large retailer operating in a dozen states in the southeastern part of the United States was seeking to expand. Headquartered ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Transparency act ignites probable first salvo of the 2019 statewide campaign


Don’t look now, but it appears that Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only elected Democrat, is gearing up to run for governor. Hood, a Chickasaw County native, has never been bashful about sharing his opinion, but in recent months he has been more vocal in criticizing the fiscal policy of the Legislature’s Republican leadership, and to a lesser degree Gov. Phil ...

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Analysis: Mississippi health care trust fund whittled away


It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund. The idea was to sock away the state’s multimillion-dollar annual payments from a tobacco lawsuit. The trust fund balance would grow, the money would be invested and the state would spend only the earnings to cover health care expenses. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Father of U.S. Constitution feared factionalism


  If our founding fathers could watch the malfunction of our state and local governments and the lack of reasoned discourse therein, what might they say? A good place to look would be the Federalist Papers. Huh? Oh that’s right. Besides some judges, scholars, and historians, few Americans today have a clue about the Federalist Papers or what they meant ...

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OPINION — How Mississippi can benefit from the U.S.-Cuba relationship


Despite the fact that Cuba is located just across the Gulf, Mississippi farmers are losing out on Cuba’s growing market to foreign competitors around the world. Given Mississippi’s world-class ports and proximity to our island neighbor, as well as Cuba’s reliance on food imports, Mississippi is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in exports to Cuba. But Congress must ...

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