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PHIL HARDWICK — Employee motivation and the workplace

When I was in Army Basic Training I had a drill sergeant who often said, “The reward for a good job is no punishment.” He always said it with a smirky grin. Although that sounds rather harsh, it has more than a grain of truth. Doing a good job should be the rule, not the exception. That’s in contrast to ...

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TODD SMITH — Top 5 companies with worst reputations

As discussed last week, brands must constantly polish their image and shine their reputations. And brands must be constantly vigilant to moves that can dent their identity. Just ask Facebook about what privacy concerns and unauthorized use of customer data can do, or Boeing about how a faulty computer system can wreck a reputation. One scandal, fraud or flaw can ...

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Analysis: Redistricting a big task for incoming lawmakers

People elected to the Mississippi House and Senate this year will be in charge of redrawing legislative districts in the coming term. It’s an important and inherently political task. And things could get ugly in the push-and-pull between the two major parties. Mississippi has 52 districts in the Senate and 122 in the House. Political boundaries are supposed to be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Time to change the legislature one way or the other

Whether you deplore the way the Mississippi Legislature currently operates or you rejoice in its works, change is needed. The status quo makes no sense. Longtime North Mississippi legislator Hob Bryan set the stage by calling on his Senate colleagues to take back power from the lieutenant governor. It’s no secret that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and his counterpart in ...

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TODD SMITH — Wegmans, Amazon have best corporate reputations

Brands must constantly polish their image and shine their reputations. And brands must be constantly vigilant to moves that can dent their identity. Just ask Facebook about what privacy concerns and unauthorized use of customer data can do, or Boeing about how a faulty computer system can wreck a reputation. One scandal, fraud or flaw can taint an image for ...

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Analysis: Some issues unsolved by lawmakers will be back

It’s hard to hear the sound of the dog that didn’t bark. In the same way, it’s hard to detect the impact of issues that lawmakers didn’t deal with. But as in any session, there were important issues on which the Mississippi Legislature didn’t make laws, or even really consider. This, for example, could have been the year for lawmakers ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Can lesser knowns keep favored candidates from saving us?

First a correction. Last week I wrote there are 13 candidates for governor; instead there are 14. I left out Constitution Party candidate Bob Hickingbottom. My apologies. The Associated Press labeled most of these as “lesser known candidates.” While it is unlikely a lesser known candidate will win a party nomination, this is Mississippi where lesser knowns surprise us. Remember ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Trump and the ‘battle for our better angels’

What better time than now to discuss, as historian Jon Meacham titles his latest book, “The Soul of America”? After all, we now have the completion of the report from special counsel Robert Meuller on the Trump administration regarding widespread speculation that the president conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Meuller found no conspiracy and thus no ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A cocktail party guide to Presidential pardons

Our Cocktail Party constitutional law series continues with an overview of presidential pardons. We attempt to introduce a modicum of objectivity into the discussion to temper the propaganda flowing from CNN. Why the interest? Despite innuendo from the liberal press, President Trump’s use of the pardon pen has been uncharacteristically restrained. After more than two years in office, he has ...

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ALAN TURNER — Help us spread the good news about Mississippi’s great people, businesses, and institutions

A frequent complaint that most media people hear is “you only publish bad news.” It’s certainly true that not all news is good news, and covering important issues and topics is one our our key jobs. With that said, we’d like to talk about some of the good news that we regularly publish for our readers and viewers. The Mississippi ...

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