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Analysis: Angry officials squabble over troubled bridges

Mississippi has a problem: deteriorating local bridges. People could work together to seek a solution. All too often, though, it seems they’d rather fight. The anger boiling among some county supervisors has now produced a lawsuit by Smith and Jasper counties against Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, claiming he overstepped his legal power when he declared a state of emergency and ordered counties ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Time to ridicule legislative leaders?

Good leaders plan ahead.    You find versions of this truism in most leadership bestsellers. In particular, Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” says “begin with the end in mind;”  Legendary coach John Wooden’s “Wooden on Leadership” says “You must be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way;” and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Touting economic development is as American as motherhood and apple pie

Economic and community development have seemingly passed motherhood and apple pie as the “American” thing. When was the last time you heard a candidate for public office proclaim his or objection to economic development?  But exactly what is economic development?  Or community development for that matter? The term “economic development” was hardly used before World War II, although the concept has been ...

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ERIC DYESS: Is sugar really as toxic as fat, cholesterol?

For those who watched the episode on “60 Minutes” entitled “Sugar Toxic”, you might be mortified to ever drink another soda or add that carcinogen-laced sugar packet to your latte tomorrow. Maybe you should. As a physician involved with lipoprotein metabolism (think “cholesterol disorders”) for more than 25 years, my immediate reaction to the idea that it is sugar and ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota expansion could lead to further expansion

It wasn’t the big “second-phase” expansion officials have been hoping for since the plant opened, but last week’s announcement that Toyota Mississippi was adding 400 jobs was by no means a disappointment. With the 1,500 team members already on board at the plant, plus another 400-500 contract workers, employment will reach 2,400 within a year. The 12th-generation Corolla will be ...

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Analysis: Book looks beyond headlines of RFK poverty tour

Ellen B. Meacham says when she set out to research and write a book about Democratic Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s April 1967 tour of poverty-stricken areas of the Mississippi Delta, “I didn’t just want to write a story about ‘Saint Bobby Comes to Mississippi.'” So, Meacham, a journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi, found and interviewed local people who ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — White space the solution for rural broadband?

White space surrounding rural folks across Mississippi may be the solution to closing our digital divide.   Huh?   Well, “white space refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum,” according to techrepublic.com.   Huh?   Okay, it’s basically unused TV channels. Turns out TV channel frequencies below 700 Mhz function sort of like 4G so they can be ...

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MIKE ESPY — Ag tariffs: We should be careful what we ask for

Military wars are dangerous, expensive, and as we have seen in the decades old conflict in Afghanistan- can be quite lengthy, but in the end America will win. However, when the conflict concerns international trade, the same cannot be said, because in trade wars the outcome cannot be confidently predicted. As a unified nation, the force of our military, more ...

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