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Time to Reset, White Folks

What's happening in Ferguson isn't pretty, but it had to happen: Police and everyday people cannot keep killing black people for minor, or no, crimes and expect our citizens of ...

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Song for Charlie

We went to see one of jazz's great bassists, Charlie Haden, and his Quartet West. Rachel and Michael had never heard of him and had no interest in jazz, but ...


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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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Failure'

While journalism can certainly have great impact, it's dangerous to link one's journalist's action or inaction to every event, and it's just idiotic to make that link in a situation ...

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Powerful Like Dynamite

Mr. Teacher: "Ms. Superintendent asked me to close this year's Cootie Creek County Schools Pre-Back to School Teacher Retreat with a brief motivational address. So, I want to share with ...

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If They Gunned Me Down

To the best of my knowledge, I never met Michael Brown, but I know him well.

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Will I Survive Student Debt?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that the average student-loan borrower, or masochist, owes about $26,000 in student loans.


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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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Dangerous'

Gov. Bryant says admitting privileges are vital to women's safety, even as the anti-abortion movement he supports pressures hospitals not to give admitting privileges to doctors who perform abortions so ...

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Everyone Has a Story

College is a fresh start for everyone. The best years of your life are just ahead, and I encourage everyone to meet someone new or someone you wouldn't normally talk ...

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My Cool City

I can say without a doubt that there is no better place to grow up or to live than Jackson.

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Denying Religious Freedom and Safety

By emphasizing removal rather than due-process protections, Gov. Phil Bryant demonstrates his apathy toward children who face certain bodily injury or death based on their beliefs.


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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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Secure'

People wouldn't take guns to the polls—or anywhere—if they weren't anticipating that something might go down to cause them to brandish said weapon.

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Writings Define Mississippi’s Emotions

State Supreme Court Justice Randy "Bubba" Pierce, a Greene County native, is a writer and his latest novel, "Mississippi Mud," defines state politics in the very sense of this state's ...

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Expanding Horizons Through Reading

Whether you read or not as an adult, it's important to teach children the value of reading.

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Righting Our Grand Failure

Mississippi's wellness buckets are full of stagnant swamp water. Most of us are familiar with the dismal statistics. Take your pick: teen pregnancy, obesity, diabetes, smoking, heart disease—our rates lead ...


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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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Race-Baiting'

We're unsure if Tyner is confusing the Cochran campaign with himself, since he recently told reporters that Democrats who voted in the Republican runoff—the ones the Cochran campaign engaged to ...

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A Little Help From Our Affluent Friends

Ike On A Bike: "For many years as owner and chief tour guide of Village Ghetto Land Urban Tours, Incorporated, I've witnessed the steady decline and neglect of the Ghetto ...