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WISEMAN: A glimmer of hope for the future of education

It seems that in every news outlet over the past few days there has been discussion of education legislation passed in the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature. While there was no massive education reform package, numerous doors were opened. The actions this session seem to signal willingness on the part of legislators and the governor to consider the type ...

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HARDWICK: Why do people run for public office

The qualifying deadline for local elections in Mississippi has passed. On May 9 voters will go to the polls to select the political party nominees for mayors, alderpersons and councilmembers in most of the Magnolia State’s villages, towns and cities. It is time again to ask the question: Why do people run for public office? This question gets asked often ...

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WISEMAN: Where does Mississippi fit with new county census data

A graduate student managed to ruin my last day of spring break. It all had to do with my last lecture before the break and a Census Bureau report that she forwarded to me and which caused me to reach for my calculator. The story, written by Hope Yen of the Associated Press and appearing in Yahoo! News, centered on ...

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The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the befuddled average citizen often lays ...

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The 2012 election and the ‘Zone of Litigation’

The shadow of Bush v. Gore of 2000 is beginning to loom larger over the 2012 Presidential election. Could there be a repeat, and what would be the consequences? Readers will remember that whole experience with the virtual tie in the popular vote in the State of Florida. Sorting out the issues related to recounts and the attempts to visually ...

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The world is a complicated place

The world is a complicated place. One only has to look at that part of the world known as the Middle East and the reactions to events there. It is almost impossible to avoid consideration of the potential for conflagration in the Middle East. It seems equally as difficult to avoid oversimplification of the issues emanating from there and America’s ...

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OPINION: Here’s to taking Teacher Appreciation Week seriously

Teacher Appreciation Week has just concluded, and I will admit that the ads and short features broadcast during the week had their intended effect on me. The week began with the news that corporate profits for the previous quarter had set an all time record. Naturally, in the context of today’s economic and political environment, the question followed as to ...

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Political pollsters back to center stage

The recent interlude in election-related politics is nearing an end. It is transition time in the world of politics. And, it has much to do with political polling. As the stories about the latest political polls make their way back to the front page of our newspapers and into the headlines on the various news broadcasts, surely elections are not ...

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Talk of public options and nanny state

Sunday evening, March 21, 2010, was consumed by the concluding episodes of the long battle over healthcare reform. Indeed, it was the Super Bowl for policy wonks.  The immediate thought that came to mind while watching the television flashes back and forth among the 24-hour news channels was that we are two separate nations living among each other.  Perusal of ...

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