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OUR VIEW: Leaders pass up chance to stem hunger, diet-related disease

Tell the truth. Didn’t you feel annoyed and inconvenienced the last time a bare cupboard forced you to make a trip to the supermarket down the street? If that is all you felt, you are among the more fortunate Mississippians. For more than a quarter of your fellow Magnolia State citizens – predominantly those  in economically distressed communities and regions ...

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OUR VIEW: Give new life to Mississippi Coliseum, Trade Mart

Parking a problem out in the backyard until the problem goes away may work for some (see Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and Farish Street). The backyard treatment has been the undeserved fate of the 53-year-old Mississippi Coliseum for more than a decade. This could be the year that changes, however. A makeover for the “Big House,” as it is known ...

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OUR VIEW — Who are legislators protecting with payday lending loophole?

That seriousness Mississippi’s legislators showed back in 2012 over whether to reauthorize payday lending seemed so sincere at the time. They could allow the payday lending industry to strengthen its hold on Mississippi’s working poor, tip the rules to increase borrower protections, or ban the low-dollar lending altogether. The wrangling ended with lawmakers proclaiming a great comprise: Payday lending and ...

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OUR VIEW: JRA evolving toward transparency? Maybe, maybe not

Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members may have had to fight back a groan Wednesday at the idea of spending money for an image makeover. One member even compared the idea to putting perfume on a pig. Maybe for him it is. He’s looking at things from the inside, after all. Here on the outside, we see any new willingness ...

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OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness and unaccountability are going to ...

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OUR VIEW: Bigfoot, UFOs, the moon landing and Common Core

When the Fourth of the July weekend turns to Monday, parents across Mississippi will slowly begin to turn their attention to the middle of August and the beginning of another school year. Part of that will entail building a base for children to achieve as much as possible in the school and grade they are in. That base these days ...

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OUR VIEW: Losing with house money in Mississippi

Any gambler can tell you it’s much easier to leave the table when you’re rolling sevens rather than snake eyes. The same is true when the game is bringing new investment and jobs to a state, especially a state with limited fiscal resources such as Mississippi. The task requires a gambler’s intuition to know the right play to make, when ...

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OUR VIEW: ‘King of Torts’ has finally abdicated

Dickie Scruggs’ drama is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in 2009. Scruggs offered to ...

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