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TODD SMITH — ‘Post-Truth’ is word of the year from Oxford Dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries kicked off “word of the year” season by anointing their pick on: post-truth. The word, selected by Oxford’s editors, does not need to be coined in the past year but it does have to capture the English-speaking public’s mood and preoccupations. And that makes this one an apt choice for countries like America and Britain, where people lived ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: More taxes for rank and file, less for wealthy and Walmart

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have decided to shift Mississippi’s tax burden – less on income and businesses, more on users.   “Because I think everybody ought to have skin in the game,” explained Gunn.   Hmmm.    It appears as though the Speaker has bought into the notion that many poor Mississippians don’t ...

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TODD SMITH — Media must overcome onslaught of fake news

The presidential election turned the United States into a country of information addicts who compulsively check the television, the smartphone and the good old-fashioned newspaper with a burning question – what fresh twist could our national election drama and its newly minted executive producer-in-chief, Donald J. Trump, possibly have in store for us now? No doubt about it, Campaign 2016 ...

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SUMESH ARORA — November is innovation month in Mississippi

Mississippi is famous for many things, like sweet tea, catfish, and the Blues…but not necessarily innovation.  Innovation, however, is alive and well across the state and is having quite a significant impact on our economy. In fact, the combined annual revenue of homegrown companies inducted into the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame (http://www.msinnovatorshalloffame.com/) exceeds $6 billion and collectively they employ ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Appointments will tell if Trump can deliver

Haley Barbour was right. “People wanted to shoot Washington the bird,” he said recently at the MEC Hobnob. “They thought Donald Trump was the biggest, most magnificent middle finger they could find.”   For many, that’s all that mattered. If Trump delivers on any campaign promises, well, that will just be icing on the cake.   Others are expecting lots ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Granny’s voting odyssey

Tuesday was election day. As a result, Donald J. Trump is the next President of our United States. Many people thought we’d elect a woman to be our next President, but we didn’t. No judgment: it’s all a part of the American experiment. My grandmother is 96. She was born in 1920, the year women in this country were given ...

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