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TOM PURCELL — Why ‘springing forward’ takes my dad weeks

Nobody dreads daylight saving time more than my father. He has his work cut out for him this coming weekend, when we “spring forward” by setting clocks ahead by an hour before going to bed Saturday night. You see, my mother loves clocks – so much that he has 14 clocks to reset. There are clocks in both guest bedrooms. ...

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Analysis: Budget cuts have long-term effect on libraries

Mississippi public libraries are still feeling the sting of state budget cuts that happened years ago. Some library leaders say they have had to trim services such as summer reading programs for children. Some have cut back on community outreach programs, such as using vans that take reading materials to nursing homes. Others are having a hard time building meager ...

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CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest is on to something. With regard to tests required for high school graduation, he wants to move from an education bureaucracy based approach to a market based approach. A little background. The federal No Child Left Behind Act was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both have required public schools to implement intensive ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Prerequisite for brain power is brain development

“Area’s with brain power have a competitive advantage over other areas,” I researched and wrote in a column 16 years ago. “Brain power is the gold of the 21st Century in America.” I recalled this column after reading a recent opinion column by Dr. Cathy Grace, the co-director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at Ole ...

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Analysis: Defense spending is a Mississippi tradition

As the current Congress sputters to an end, there’s one accomplishment that Mississippi’s Republican members are looking back on with pride — higher defense spending. It was a theme in the re-election campaigns of several members, and resurfaced with December’s announcement of two more Coast Guard cutters to built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula at an eventual cost of $1.7 ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers must decide on public defense overhaul

Mississippi’s Public Defender Task Force is gone. How the Legislature reacts next year to the task force’s final report will determine whether it’s forgotten. The group conducted an extensive study of how Mississippi provides lawyers to criminal defendants who can’t afford their own, detailing a rickety county-by-county system where low pay may incentivize public defenders in many counties to skimp ...

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ALAN TURNER — The value of urban forestry

As Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, Donna Yowell is a true cheerleader for the virtues and benefits of urban forestry. The MUFC is a non-profit organization working closely with communities all over Mississippi, providing assistance in planning and implementation for urban forestry programs, storm water management, park planning, and horticulture therapy. “A well managed program will have ...

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BILL JACOBS — Proposed tariffs will impact each and every community in Mississippi

Mississippi’s old-line newspaper publishers most definitely would be distraught of today’s media world as pointed out in Mac Gordon’s recent guest column (Sunday, June 17) in the Clarion Ledger. They would be further distraught about proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint that may be disastrous for newspapers across Mississippi — especially the local community ones located in small towns across the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Tourism is on a roll in Mississippi

Tourism is on a roll. Although international visitors to the United States is down, domestic tourism continues to climb. Several states posted record tourism numbers. Ohio drew 219 million tourism visits in 2017, up from 212 million the previous year, and saw direct spending rise by $1 billion to $35 billion, according to TourismOhio. Governor Rick Scott said that Florida ...

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Analysis: Wicker pushes fight for cell service subsidies

If a U.S. senator and a public service commissioner get their way, many Mississippians will spend the next six months trying to prove how bad their local cellphone service is. It’s all part of an effort to make Mississippi eligible for as big of a slice of $4.5 billion as possible. What the Federal Communications Commission calls the Mobility Fund II will ...

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