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STARKVILLE — The death of retired University of Mississippi historian David Sansing is an event that should give all Mississippians pause, for we have lost one of the great, important voices urging our state to move forward.

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If you’re interested about the moon, this is your month to watch television. Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and many TV channels are full of programs about the event.

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Although the bidding wars for the Amazon headquarters attracted great attention due to its sheer size, hundreds of smaller, secret subsidy auctions take place throughout the country every year. Incentives for such deals are embedded in the tax code in every state. Together, these sums have b…

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The Sierra Club’s Louie Miller is praising the Mississippi Public Service Commission for extending for three years an additional 2.5 cents “adder” for lower income utility customers who install solar panels. The adder will allow customers to sell electricity back to the grid for a total of 4…

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Mississippi politics may have a sketchy track record about producing good public policy, but at least you can say it always makes for entertaining theater.

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RIDGELAND — The whole enterprise of higher learning in the United States has been under an ongoing siege in recent years. Most of the abuse has been cast from the right. Tales of safe spaces and trigger warnings for certain student cohorts confirm a suspicion that college has become an expen…

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We had the opportunity to drive through the South Delta this week on a trip back north from Vicksburg.

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MADISON — Few novels have stood the test of time like “1984” by George Orwell (real name: Eric Arthur Blair).

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Dick Hall, who is retiring from the Mississippi Transportation Commission, recently made a strong case to a Jackson civic club for increasing Mississippi’s fuel tax. It’s a position the Republican, who previously served in the Legislature, has long taken. It’s a position we fully support.

JACKSON — It’s a political year, and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi. This week, I’m highlighting the Republican primary for governor:

Here’s an interesting report from The Associated Press: Out of 1,423 participants in a poll, nearly one quarter of them said they never plan to retire from work.

A hallmark of the Trump administration has been to roll back government regulations, not just those imposed during the administration of Barack Obama but also some that long preceded the nation’s previous president.

The healthy state of the U.S. economy should significantly strengthen Donald Trump’s chances of being re-elected next year, if the expansion holds for another 12 months.

Dizzy Dean, the talented and entertaining baseball pitcher, once made a wise observation: “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” That sums up the U.S. women’s soccer team’s march to its second straight World Cup title.

When Robert Hopkins lost his brother Mark two years ago in the Yanky 72 plane crash on the western edge of Leflore County, the blow seemed to affect everything, even the way he looked at the sky at the end of the day.

There is a valuable lesson for every business operator — along with every employee and every customer — in a listing of 2018 restaurant sales in America.

Through June, 15 children in the United States have died this year from being left untended in hot cars. And that was before the worst of the summer heat arrived.

In a Fourth of July spectacle in Washington that blurred the lines between patriotic celebration and political preening, President Donald Trump thankfully steered clear of turning his speech on the Washington Mall Thursday into a brazen re-election pitch.

JACKSON — July Fourth is a great holiday. Family, burgers, swimming pools, iced tea. It’s a fun, relaxing holiday. An added bonus, so far this summer has been remarkably mild.

MADISON — So, as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says to start nearly every sentence, I’m done with presidential candidate debates, at least until January.

Federal budget hawks, meaning anybody who thinks the government ought to try to live on the revenue it brings in each year instead of continuing to run up a deficit, are a truly endangered species in Washington these days.

Donald Trump won the presidency running on the slogan “Make America Great Again.” Independence Day, which this nation celebrates Thursday, is a good time to remember that this country has been pretty great for a long time.

OXFORD — I was reared in a working family that probably would have been described as middle class in the mid-20th century.

This is not a huge issue, but when the Greenwood City Council is considering some easy things it could do, one of them would be to rename the park where last week’s Stars & Stripes celebration was held.

JACKSON — When my son Lawrence was about 13, he had a T-shirt with the words “I make it look easy” printed on it.

We love our pets and mourn their passing, sometimes not quite understanding why their deaths leave such an emotional void.

Two recent events that made national news are sure to make Mississippians wonder if the state will ever shed its unfair and outdated image as a racist backwater.

COLUMBIA — The Mississippi Hospital Association says it’s found a way to accept $1.35 billion annually in federal money to expand health insurance for the poor without costing the state anything.

MERIDIAN — “People, not the government, know best how to take care of their own money” is one of Gov. Phil Bryant’s favorite themes.

As Democrats hoping to oust Donald Trump next year begin the process of weeding out their field of 20 hopefuls, many of the candidates seem bent on promising the electorate the moon.

JACKSON — Mississippi is being sued yet again, and a trial is underway at the federal courthouse in downtown Jackson. This time it’s about the state’s handling of mental health issues.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves maintains Mississippi’s graduation rate has risen to the national average over the past five years because the state has held students to higher standards.

If District Attorney Doug Evans bows out, as he should, from prosecuting accused killer Curtis Flowers for the seventh time, the most likely office to pick the case up would be Attorney General Jim Hood’s.

JACKSON — Bobby Morgan, a spokesperson for Gov. Phil Bryant, said the governor will not endorse a candidate in the Republican primary for attorney general.