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PHIL HARDWICK: Business success is about what the market wants

You’ve heard it before. Find what you are passionate about and open your own business. Don’t just work at a job. The problem with that message is twofold: (1) what you’re passionate about might not be what you’re good at and (2) what you want might not be what the market wants. Television commercials toss these messages at us regularly, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Save us from doofus driven debacles

“Doofus” is an intriguing and timely word. The Oxford Living Dictionary says it likely originated in North America in the 1960s and suggests it is either an alteration of the word “goofus” or from the Scottish word “doof” meaning dolt. The Online Etymology Dictionary says it is “probably related to doo-doo and goofus.” The definitions range from “a foolish or ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Do Republicans really care about debt reduction?

So, is reducing the national debt still the priority concern for Republican leaders?   Remember the rhetoric:   “The national debt threatens our way of life; it threatens the value of our national currency; and it threatens our ability to pay for entitlements that millions of Americans depend on,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2009. And that’s why ...

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Analysis: Faces, usually not parties, change in 4-year term

Some faces may change in the Mississippi Legislature during a four-year term, but parties often don’t. The 52 senators and 122 representatives might want to look at their colleagues on inauguration day. Most will still be at the Capitol at the end of the term. Because of resignations or death, some will not. Legislators are approaching the midpoint of the ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s regular term ended Friday, June 30, 2017, and the nine lifetime Justices began their summer recesses. A vacant seat and a perceived 4-4 ideological split clouded expectations in October when the court term began.  Six months into the session, Justice Gorsuch joined the bench in a televised swearing-in ceremony conducted by swing-vote Justice Kennedy at the ...

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TODD SMITH — Best headlines in a digital age

A well-written headline is worth its weight in audience-grabbing gold! That is especially true in our digital age. It is difficult to overstate the importance of headlines. A good headline can entice and engage your audience to click, read and share your content. In many cases headlines are the thing that is shared rather than the article. So you knew that. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘Shared Services’ still no laughing matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh… and sometimes think. His monologue about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality. It came to mind when the Governor made his budget proposal. (No, not our current governor. I wrote this and the ...

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TODD SMITH — White House communications team affects PR profession perception

Members of the White House communications team are traditionally the most prominent public relations professionals in the world. As the most visible figures in American and global media, they are a key voice for advancing presidential policies and priorities that affect not only Americans, but also citizens around the world. Under the current administration, they are also affecting something else ...

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(CARTOON) #justsayin takes a look at Gov. Bryant and HB 1523

This week, Ford Williams takes a look at Gov. Phil Bryant and HB 1523, in which a federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can enforce a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Ole Miss and the NCAA

  This week, Ford Williams takes a look at the NCAA investigation of Coach Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss football team. Ford is a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, and a 2016 honors graduate of Jackson Academy where he was named Most Talented and selected to the Hall of Fame.  He is the ...

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