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PHIL HARDWICK — Useful bellwethers for Mississippi

During this pandemic, there are daily statistics, trends, charts, and other data offered to the public.  It’s difficult to make sense of it all. What’s the real current status? What does the future hold? Which numbers should we pay attention to? Number of cases, percent increase in cases, deaths per capita, hospitalizations per capita, or something else? Are there data ...

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Analysis: Session brings wide range of new Mississippi laws

Mississippi is enacting a wide range of laws based on bills passed during this year’s legislative session, including some that separately regulate wine, school buses and scooters. Mississippi residents who visit wineries in other states will be able to have bottles of wine shipped back home, in a roundabout way. House Bill 1088 will become law Jan. 1. It says ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hard won change comes to reluctant Mississippi

These are still “times that try men’s souls” Mr. Paine, but not as they did in your time. When you penned these famous words in your pamphlet “The Crisis,” the passionate issue was freedom from English tyranny. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered,” you wrote, as you belittled the “summer soldier” and “sunshine patriot” who “shrink from the service ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans feel misunderstood by the media

Tensions inside American newsrooms have emerged amid the recent protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, including clashes between reporters and editors and concerns about newsroom diversity. While a recent study shows Blacks give high marks to the news media’s coverage of the protests, a national survey conducted before the protests found deep divides between racial and ethnic groups in feelings ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Bryant set stage for faith to supplant battle flag

The Mississippi Legislature plowed new ground last week when members heroically voted to banish the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, uprooting a long-time symbolic vestige of our segregationist past. The unexpected success resulted from a rare convergence of liberal, conservative, business, and religious groups who provided resources, strategic messaging, and influencers to get the job done. Think about ...

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TODD SMITH — Mississippi breaks shackles from its racist past by changing the state flag

Mississippi has broken the shackles from its racist past by removing the state flag and its outdated confederate battle symbol that has weighed the state down for far too long, costing the state far too much. In the wake of defiant voices and common sense from major businesses, the sports world, music stars and the public, and with the backdrop ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Trouble in Paradise, but 30A smooths the bumps

Driving from Jackson, we pass through Bankhead Tunnel beneath the Mobile Bay, with the U.S.S. Alabama and its World War II guns standing guard above us. We’ve been on the road several hours and have noticed a vague color on the mid-day horizon. We keep an eye out for a coronavirus checkpoint soon after we enter Florida via Interstate 10. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Reflections on flag vote

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu The story of how Mississippi came to change the state flag is a classic case of paradigm shift. In his book, “Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future,” Joel Barker defines a paradigm as, “a framework of rules within which problems are solved.” It ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mandate masks to avoid another lock-down and school closures

Back in the day you could tell the bad guys by the masks they wore. How ironic that these days it seems to be the other way around. Those not wearing masks are becoming the bad guys. Back then the masked guys were outlaws. Maybe it’s time for today’s unmasked to be called outlaws too.  Time and again Gov. Tate ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Trump administration issues executive order barring issuance of new foreign work visas

On Monday, President Trump signed a Proclamation suspending the issuance of new employment-based visas in an effort to limit the entry of immigrants into the country. The ban restricts the issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, J trainee, and L intracompany visas. The Proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. by certain H-1B, H-2B, J and L visa-holders, as well as those ...

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