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BILL CRAWFORD: State flag conflict: morality vs. heritage

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi’s first Republican Governor, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and “lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag.”    Saying such a move “will make a strong, moral statement” acknowledging “our ...

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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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TODD SMITH — Threat of fake news strengthens trust in traditional media

The rise in “fake news” has strengthened trust in traditional media, according to a recent survey of journalists worldwide. More than half of those surveyed (52 percent) find traditional media to be the most trusted news sources, followed by company websites and news releases (22 percent), according to the Ogilvy Media Influence’s annual global survey of 250-plus reporters and producers ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Become involved in serving your community

Sooner or later, successful business persons will be asked to serve on a nonprofit board of directors.  Such service can be rewarding, but the outcome can be miserable if there is a bad match between board member and organization. To help avoid a potential bad experience and to help you evaluate whether you and the organization are a good match, the ...

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Analysis: Pickering’s school funding ideas cut against grain

Legislative leaders recently said that they’d still like to rewrite Mississippi’s public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up. State Auditor Stacey Pickering did. At least one of the things he wants is very different than what lawmakers considered this spring. Pickering has been a longtime critic of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the current funding ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Fear, hate messaging makes government the enemy

The first principle is that everyone is scared,” said Mike. “The second principle is that everyone hates.”   Wondering what drives our politics these days? Read Eugene Burdick’s powerful 1956 novel, The Ninth Wave. “A prescient and still relevant story,” opined one critic. The opening quotations come from the book’s lead character, Mike Freesmith, who harnessed the power of fear and ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — The BIG secrets of enthusiastic emotional engagement

What is engagement? Better stated, how can you engage other people to become interested in you and your product or service? Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People) says by becoming interested in them. And he’s partially right. The reality, and the secret of engagement is that BOTH people must be mutually engaged and mutually interested, and BOTH ...

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TODD SMITH — Brands come to rescue of Texas towns devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey wrought crippling destruction across Texas, killing dozens and injuring many more, inundating Houston and leaving a trail of devastation and thousands without food and shelter. While many brands are using social media to encourage people to donate to the American Red Cross, some brands are taking that a step further, driving supplies to Texas, finding ways to provide ...

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