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Educators should follow lead on pay

What a great idea. While the Mississippi Legislature won’t shrink anytime soon, lawmakers may actually temporarily cut their own pay. Senators killed a bill last week that proposed reducing the Senate from 52 members to 47 and the House from 122 members to 110, beginning in January 2012. A short time later, however, the Senate voted 39-2 to pass a ...

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Building a city from the ground up

Many years ago, a dozen people assembled at the Byram Volunteer Fire Station to discuss the possibility of re-incorporating.  The process began. Word spread, town meetings were held and now, just 13 years later, the re-incorporated City of Byram has emerged.  However, many people who followed the process don’t fully understand the necessity of the arduous process. Why did this ...

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Johnston helps with openness

  Madison County Chancery Clerk Arthur Johnston has been on forefront of making public records, specifically court records, transparent for the general public.   That was never more obvious than recently when he and Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. conducted a demonstration of the new electronic court document filing system for Mississippi.   Madison County began accepting electronic ...

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When some prominent Senate Democrats started fighting a bid by the U.S. catfish industry and its Southern allies on Capitol Hill to impose new inspections on fast-growing Vietnamese imports of the fish, they began undercutting hardworking Mississippians. Eight senators — including Dick Durbin of Illinois and John Kerry of Massachusetts — warned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that he could spark ...

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What message is your city sending?

“The bottom line is that we don’t want people moving into this county,” said the man who stood before a group of 75 residents at a recent public hearing in South Mississippi. The meeting was about a proposed regional utility district, but his comments illustrate something many community leaders fail to take into consideration when doing strategic planning: There are ...

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