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OPINION: Put Your Thoughts and Prayers Into Common-Sense Gun Legislation

Many lawmakers in this country on the local, state and federal levels have been slow to speak about guns. Even though there have been many mass shootings in the U.S., ...

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OPINION: Partners Needed to Fight Homelessness

"You or your organization could be part of helping to end homelessness in the Jackson metro area. But we need you at the table. As with all ambitious endeavors, we ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Finding Belonging Amid ICE Raids and Hatefulness

"Amid the horrible news that kept breaking around the ICE raids, there was some hope, as always. Yes, there was a lot of deserved condemnation of what was happening, but ...

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OPINION—ICE: You're Not Welcome in the South

"I'm not safer because my government has decided its top priority is to tear families apart for the sole purpose of stoking racial division. I'm not safer because my elected ...

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OPINION: Answering the Call—Immigration Reform 2019

When I heard the news of the ICE raids in my home state of Mississippi, it horrified me, but I can't say I was surprised. I come from Mississippi, where ...

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OPINION: After Horrific ICE Raids in Mississippi, How We Can Respond

"How did we get here? How did the nation who once proudly welcomed the world’s tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to be free become the nation that snatches people ...

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OPINION: As An Immigrant in Mississippi, Every Day Is a Waiting Game

Six hundred and eighty people were arrested across Mississippi today. Not all those arrested today have children, but some do. They and their families were dealt with a trauma they ...

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OPINION: The ‘Ole Miss’ I’ve Long Heard About

"As a lifelong Mississippian, I've long heard the tales of this infamous school from people around the community and state, varying in color and age."

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EDITOR'S NOTE: None of Us Is Safe from Hate

Each of us must use our gifts to heal our city, our state and our nation. We are kicking off our #MSCitizensAgenda to better understand challenges facing Mississippians through public ...

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OPINION: After Emmett Till Mockery, 'Ole Miss' Needs A Culture Where Reconciliation Possible

Even though we were based at "Ole Miss," often the hardest work I did was at the university. Time and again I was directed not to engage in issues of ...

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OPINION: South Delta Deserves Real Solutions, Not False Hope

Communities in Mississippi's south Delta deserve real solutions for reducing flood damages, not false hope pinned to the Yazoo Backwater Pumps.

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OPINION: Reeves Is the Wrong Choice

Normally, I don't like to be wrong. But I wouldn't mind being wrong about next Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is probably going to win the primary ...

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OPINION: One Lake—‘One Sewage Lagoon’?

It is interesting how quiet the proponents of the "One Lake" plan have been over the last couple of months. Maybe it is because in September 2018, U.S. Congressman Steve ...

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Billy Graham, Primary Coverage and JFP VIPs

"If a male politician elects to follow the "Billy Graham Rule," it really is incumbent upon him to make the accommodations necessary to meet with women—reporters, constituents, policy advisers and ...

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OPINION: The 'Illegal' Immigrants

There is a great deal of confusion about what an "illegal" immigrant is. The need to revamp our immigration laws and the policies on enforcing those laws is glaringly obvious.

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Opinion: Men, Punishing Women and Reporters for #MeToo is Not the Answer

Rep. Robert Foster says he denied a woman reporter equal access to his campaign because he does not want people to think he's having an affair. Many of his supporters, ...

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OPINION: Tuning in to Tate Television

"(Tate) Reeves is dead-set against insuring uninsured Mississippians. Why is he opposed to 'Obamacare expansion?' Lately, Reeves won't give a reason. He's just against it."

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism Can Beat the Hell Out of You, But It Must Go On

"When you get into this crazy business for the express purpose of having positive impact, you make it happen no matter what and find people who share the same drive ...

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OPINION: Deepest Midnight Returns—Cedric Willis Taken Far Too Soon

We all failed Cedric (Willis) in life. Let us not fail him in death. I need you to insist on a better way, on a better life for all of ...

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OPINION: Why You Should Volunteer

"The act of volunteering is a learning and growing experience for everyone involved and helps create the positive changes we want to see in our community."