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SPENCER RITCHIE: Political contributions: Know your limits

In Mississippi, every year is an election year. This election year, however, is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in the state in decades. Many Mississippians will seek to play an active part in these elections by contributing to campaigns and political parties. Such contributions are subject to federal and state campaign finance laws. Below is a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Hyde-Smith as Senator Serendipitous as Trade War Looms

Serendipity is a word with an unusual history. It derives from an Italian translation of a 14th Century Persian fairy tale. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, serendipity was coined by English author Horace Walpole who had stumbled upon a “fairy tale called ‘The Three Princes of Serendip.'” Walpole said the three princes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Belhaven was a crossroads for Graham

Billy Graham and C.S. Lewis couldn’t be further apart in some respects. But in one all-important respect there is harmony: Jesus. Billy Graham descended from the mountains of North Carolina and preached the gospels to the world for more than a half-century. He died last week at 99. His small tent meetings grew to gatherings of hundreds of thousands, and ...

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OP-ED: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ ethics philosophy: Always do the right thing

By Mike Petters At Huntington Ingalls Industries, our ethics philosophy is simple: Always do the right thing. Even when no one is looking. Especially when no one is looking. At HII, every decision we make—no matter how small—is guided by our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and by our Company Values: Integrity, Safety, Honesty, Engagement, Responsibility and Performance. These ...

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TODD SMITH — Perceptions of news bias on the rise

Americans’ perceptions of news media bias have increased significantly over the past generation. Thirty-two percent believe the news media are careful to separate fact from opinion, well below the 58 percent who held this view in 1984. Meanwhile, 66 percent currently agree that most news media do not do a good job of letting people know what is fact and ...

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Analysis: Opponents say school merger won’t save money

Residents trying to prevent consolidation of the Richton and Perry County school districts are trying a new argument — that combining the two would cost more money and not less. Lawmakers last year appointed a study commission of people from the two districts to suggest plans for a merger. That’s a common tactic when local lawmakers are fighting consolidation. Such ...

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Analysis: Benefits from good preschool programs could be big

It’s a soft sell – come and listen to renowned figures who have studied the benefits of educating very young children, and maybe people will leave charged up to support more and better preschool programs in Mississippi. With that in mind, the University of Mississippi’s Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning brought two of the most renowned figures ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Early interventions could lift Mississippi off bottom

What one thing could Mississippi do to have a more competitive workforce, a healthier population, more college graduates, fewer welfare mothers, better school performance, fewer special needs children, less drug usage and pay for itself seven times over?   Improve cognitive development in at-risk children right from birth.   Sound too good to be true?    Science says otherwise. It ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Real conservative leaders get things done

Lots of political yammer about who’s a real conservative and who’s not.    So, how do you tell?   Lee Edwards of the Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies calls the late William F. Buckley, Jr. “the St. Paul of the modern conservative movement in America.” So, what did Buckley have to say about it?   The ...

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