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BILL CRAWFORD — More help needed to keep nursing home residents safe

Mississippians trust the care of precious loved ones to many wonderful nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns. While 13% of the state’s virus cases occurred in long-term care facilities, they had 50% of deaths (the national average is about 33%). More specifically, through May 21 there had been 1,627 cases reported at ...

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ROSS REILY: Just wear the damn masks

Okay, Mississippians, its time to make a change. News this week came that scientists found the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when masks were used.  I really didn’t need this study to know that if we wear masks in public, the chances of passing on Covid-19 will drop. But wearing ...

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OP-ED — Community colleges leading the way out of this national crisis

By Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Tom Downs, Dawn Erlandson Community colleges in Mississippi and nationwide have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and health care professionals.  Two-year public colleges have the unique capability to re-skill the workforce as Mississippi and the nation prepare to return to productivity after the pandemic subsides. Following the ...

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SAM TAYLOR — When will we celebrate V-C Day?

May 8, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, commonly referred to as V-E Day.  The war would not officially end for another three months when Japan surrendered on August 15th, 1945, now known as V-J Day.  It was the largest, deadliest, and most destructive war in history, lasting six years, involving ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans support local news relief in Coronavirus era

The meltdown of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus is slamming an already trampled financial chapter for local news organizations – especially local newspapers. While Americans are not overly concerned about the effect of the downturn on local news in their area, they do support financial assistance for local news organizations as part of COVID-19 relief legislation. At ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — News from the backyard: bluebirds!

Our backyard is an aviary. No, make that a sanctuary. The birds are free to come and go as they please. And there are plenty of them, a wide variety. (I won’t use that ruined word, “diversity.”) We feed them and provide a birdbath, so they hang around. Oh, yes, this is what a business writer can do when he’s ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — Now more than ever, allow cottage food operators to earn as much as they can

The cottage food industry is a popular and growing slice of Mississippi’s economy. But as is usually the case, the state has not kept up with consumer demands in new markets and current laws are holding entrepreneurs in Mississippi back. Of course, we are using the word “new” loosely. People have been selling food they make at home longer than ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Economic development Q&A

May is the month of graduations and the month that the week of economic development is recognized nationally and in Mississippi. Graduates who are considering a career in economic development often ask the questions listed below. First, what is economic development? It is the process of increasing the wealth of a community. Some definitions refine it by adding things like, ...

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Analysis: Mississippi to mull many requests for relief cash

Mississippi lawmakers and Gov. Tate Reeves still have to make big decisions about spending most of the $1.25 billion that the federal government is sending the state for coronavirus relief. After ending their feud over who has power to spend the money, the Republican governor and the Legislature worked efficiently last week to create a plan to use $300 million ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — When worlds collide reality can change

As our worlds collide over the coronavirus, the surreal 1933 novel of that name by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer comes to mind. The novel “When Worlds Collide” portrayed the surreal phenomenon of another world crashing into earth. Old earth did not survive, but a new earth did. What will be the outcome of our collision? No microcosm captures our ...

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