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OPINION: Reconnecting to Food

Because food has such a presence in our lives, it helps shape our experience in different settings

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Of Love, Ego and Believing in All of Our Children

The Mississippi Youth Media Project, Donna Ladd's passion project with its own newsroom next door to the Jackson Free Press, invites young people of various backgrounds, and doesn't shy away ...

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OPINION: The Big Flood of the Pearl, Not If, but When

So the big question is, “Will the ‘One Lake’ project be the salvation for Jackson in the event of a massive flood like the Easter Flood of 1979?” Not likely.

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OPINION: A Pearl of Great Price: The Value of a Flowing Pearl River in Jackson

For fish and turtle species in flowing river habitats, if something happens to their environment—like a dam turning a flowing river into a stagnant lake—they will likely be lost over ...

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OPINION: Trump Administration Implicit or Explicit in the Trafficking and Slavery of Immigrant Children?

Ask yourself, “Why are these children being moved, and why are they being moved to specific locations so far away from the border and their parents?”

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OPINION: Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign, About More Than Poverty

Some Jacksonians may not have been familiar with the Poor People's Campaign before a group of protestors burned the state flag in front of the Governor's Mansion on Monday, June ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Pride, from Detroit to Jackson

Jackson needs people who are willing to do the hard work—to attend city council meetings to see what's happening, to push back when the city's government isn't sticking to their ...

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OPINION: The End of the Eastland Machine

Like his mentor, Eastland, whose long stretch of power included a statewide network of lieutenants, cronies, operatives and ward-heelers who could make or break an upcoming politician’s career, Brad Dye ...

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OPINION: Independence Week and the Delusion of Freedom

“The delusion of freedom is far more dangerous, Than any jail cell or cramped cages” —G.Be

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OPINION: Mississippi, Do You Remember?

"Unfortunately, in Mississippi, many people, like my extended family, forget that democratic policies have directly benefited them in the past and continue to today."

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Times They Are a Changin’ at the JFP

Let's jump right to it—we're announcing exciting changes with this issue. We've been planning for months how we will best serve the reader, how we serve local businesses and help ...

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OPINION: Fighting a System That Was Not Made for Them

The national and even statewide conversation around gun violence and youth circulates around white students in suburban settings. Only when well-to-do white children die at the hands of gun violence ...

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EDITORIAL: Dear Mississippi Politicians, Criminal Justice Reform Is More Than Rhetoric

This week the Mississippi Department of Corrections will host a re-entry symposium in Jackson, a necessary step to re-engage stakeholders involved with the criminal justice system, from lawmakers and mental-health ...

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OPINION: ‘Don’t Yuck My Yum’

As a food educator, I spent many hours in classrooms doing taste tests, interactive cooking demos and nutrition lessons. I've seen elementary schoolers, even the so-called picky eaters, taste everything ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: America, We Must Stop De-humanizing Our Children

As a child in the 1960s and 1970s, I was a bit of a freak of nature in my hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. You could call me sensitive or soft-hearted, ...

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EDITORIAL: Transparency in Officer Shootings Needs to Improve, Not Worsen

We now get even less information about officer-involved shootings. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations does not have to disclose information concerning any open or closed investigations except to law enforcement.

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OPINION: New Orleans, A Good Idea

A different kind of musician, Bob Dylan, says New Orleans is a city where the ghosts of the dead and the laughter of the living are never far apart.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Lessons in Stepping up from ‘Friday Night Lights’

It may be the peak of the baseball season, but my clear eyes and full heart have been fully set on football, thanks to my latest TV nostalgic kick. For ...

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OPINION: Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba Is a Man

In the current political climate, where the American president and Mississippi governor are people who lie to cover their evil plans, it is rare when an elected official does the ...

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EDITORIAL: Low Primary Turnout Should Force Voter Engagement

The sickest part of our elections is that people who run campaigns don't think voters here are very smart or that they have evolved at all as an electorate in ...