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It’s Time to Truly Invest in Transparency

The City of Jackson recently completed a pretty grueling budget planning process, while the state will soon start a round of budget hearings in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session, ...

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Yarber Needs New Attitude with Council

In the last two mayoral administrations, Jackson City Council members have griped about not receiving adequate or timely information from the administration. We have found merit in those complaints.

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MPB: Don’t Treat Us Like Children

Once again, Mississippi Public Broadcasting—which receives public dollars—has initiated a form of censorship to keep certain controversial content away from a Mississippi audience.

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Dialogue Around Costco Needs to Improve

The announcement that Costco wants to build in Jackson on Lakeland Drive has created a rift between those who are thrilled that Costco wants to bring 235 decent-paying jobs into ...

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Media: No One’s An ‘Angel’

The New York Times' description of Michael Brown is part of a much wider and more troubling trend of the way media cover the deaths of young black men, compared ...

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Next JPD Chief Can Learn From Ferguson

The seeds of a Ferguson-type situation are firmly in place in Jackson. The search for a new police chief, however, presents an excellent opportunity for conversations about how to best ...

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City’s Media Relations Must Be About Policy

Sending all questions about city government through a PR-processing machine isn't considered ethical in our business, nor is it a journalistic practice that serves the interest of citizens.

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Fight For Women, Not Against Them

If our politicians are truly concerned about protecting women and children, they should abandon their relentless assault on abortion rights and tackle the real issues facing girls and women in ...

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Invest in Little Mississippians

Mississippi does not prepare kids for school early enough. As we report this week (See, "Early Ed: Critical to Child Success," page 17), the benefits of early education investment is ...

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Help Children, Don’t Attack Them

The situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of Central American children are being detained, is grave.

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Don’t Miss Chance to Fix PAC Problem

The Jackson Free Press doesn't often say, "we told you so," even if we did. But after the news cycle of the last week, in which unreported PAC activity in ...

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Mississippi Needs Election Investigation, Real Reform

The McDaniel campaign's determination to stay the course on possible election violations is oddly refreshing to us because it opens up a dialogue on how elections should actually be run.

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Hey, Millennials: ‘We the People’ Must Guard, Expand Our Freedoms

Looking into our past prepares us for the future. It is evident that concept has become a cliche, but very rarely is it easy to interpret the parallels and patterns ...

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Yarber: Insist on Transparency in City Hall

Bottom line: We will report the stories that the city would rather us not, regardless (ask the late Frank Melton, the master of trying to hide stuff).

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Legislature’s Sales-Tax Change Unconscionable

Quietly, lawmakers extended the list of items that are off limits to 1-percent tax collectors. Now, city officials say that the $15 million they were hoping to collect could be ...

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Put Sideshows Aside in GOP Primary Runoff

Once again, public officials in Mississippi have thrust our state into the national spotlight. And once again, it's not for anything positive.

City & County

Under Tougher Policing, Know Your Rights

The Jackson Police Department and office of Mayor Tony Yarber are making no bones about the fact that the city's posture toward fighting crime will be increased police visibility, more ...

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Media: Stop Feeding Bloodthirst Toward Kids

No doubt, research shows that treating even guilty minor suspects as adults increases recidivism and their chances of committing more severe crimes later.

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Gov. Phil Bryant Must Explain 2681 Support

Either Gov. Phil Bryant has no idea what is happening in his own state—or he isn't being forthright about his motives for signing SB 2681, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration ...

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Justice System Should Help, Not Just Punish

Last summer, a SWAT team descended on the home of a man named Cornealious "Mike" Anderson in a quiet suburb of St. Louis, Mo., and took him to jail. The ...

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