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It’s obvious that America continues to suffer from the coronavirus-induced recession. Too many people have died, too many businesses have closed and too many people have lost their jobs. We are 10 months into this pandemic and, even with vaccines available, we still cannot see the light at t…

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If, as it seems likely, last Sunday’s playoff loss to Tampa Bay was the final game of Drew Brees’ 20-year career, it was an inglorious way for the New Orleans Saints quarterback to leave the NFL stage.

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J.D. Brasel’s decision to not seek re-election as mayor of Itta Bena is understandable. The job probably brought a lot more frustration than satisfaction.

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A year ago, when some of the first estimates of possible U.S. deaths from COVID-19 were being publicized, a commonly voiced one was 190,000.

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The violent demonstrations and assault on the U.S. Congress will go down as a sad day in U.S. history. Our elected representatives cowered in fear while fanatics dressed in costumes gleefully took selfies behind the desks of our congressional leaders. This should never happen again in our nation.

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One of the bedrock principles of the American judicial system is that all are to be treated the same by it, regardless of their wealth, position or connections. Lady Justice, the personification of the moral force in judicial systems, is usually shown blindfolded to emphasize this essential …

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Health care providers here and elsewhere have noted one positive offshoot from COVID-19: Flu cases are way down.

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For the last several years, Ireland has undergone a national reckoning for its decades of horrible mistreatment of young, unwed mothers and their babies.

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The year 2020 was one in which Americans dealt with big problems. The most obvious was the coronavirus pandemic, which surged into 2021 despite the arrival of a vaccine.

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Donald Trump’s incitement of the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was an impeachable offense. There is no reasonable doubt about that.

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The chief of Mississippi’s public schools wants to give them a “year of grace” and not hold them accountable for the academic performance of their students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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President Trump and his supporters are crying foul after social media companies such as Twitter banned him from using their platforms. They’re complaining that this is unfair and illegal censorship.

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Speaking of debt, at some point, Congress is going to have to recoup those trillions of dollars in borrowed money it has been using to soften the economic impact of the pandemic.

President Trump said some of the words Thursday night he should have uttered on Wednesday, if not weeks ago.

There are many fingers of blame to point for the frightening and deplorable assault on the Capitol Wednesday by violent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump put his vice president, Mike Pence, in a tough spot. He publicly pressured Pence to attempt an illegal ploy to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.

The congressman who ended the U.S. House of Representatives’ opening prayer with the phrase, “Amen and A-woman,” is a Methodist minister. Therefore it’s all but certain he knew that “amen” is a Hebrew term for “so be it” — instead of a word referring to males.

President Donald Trump continues to claim the election was stolen from him. The only person, though, who has been caught trying to steal the November election is the president himself.

The Armed Forces Bowl, held last week on New Year’s Eve, is supposed to honor military service. So to be cynical, maybe it’s appropriate that a battle broke out among players after the game between Mississippi State and Tulsa.

Why anyone would celebrate New Year’s by shooting a gun in the air is hard to fathom. Judging by the sound of it, though, there were a lot of numbskulls doing just that in Greenwood for a couple of nights around the holiday.

Mary Hawkins Butler, the mayor of Madison, sued Mississippi in October over its medical marijuana initiatives on the November ballot. Her chances of getting the vote tossed out appear slim, but it also is clear there are plenty of interested observers rooting for her.

Burl Cain believes that allowing Mississippi inmates to legally possess cigarettes and other tobacco products will help him reduce the contraband problem at the state’s prisons.

Donald Trump’s 11th-hour effort to persuade Congress to increase the COVID-19 stimulus payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000 should be rejected for several reasons.

When arguments are made about raising teacher pay, whether here in Mississippi or anywhere else in the country, there are usually statistics trotted out to show that the compensation is not enough for the job.

The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on 2020 is far-reaching and will be talked about for decades. But if a report from the Southern Regional Education Board is accurate, its long-term effect on employment trends is just getting started.

The biggest question about the coronavirus vaccines that are in the early stage of distribution is whether they will work as effectively as advertised.

The Midsouth Association of Independent Schools makes a decent logical argument but not a strong legal one in its objections to their member schools in Mississippi being required to report weekly COVID-19 infection numbers to the state.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be de…

As if to cap off a very strange year in sports, here comes a controversial set of college football playoff selections, along with bowl lineups that can only be described as pandemic-deflated.

Assuming President Trump signs the bill providing an additional $900 billion in coronavirus economic relief — not a certainty given his remarks Tuesday night — it should provide some much-needed help.

Following every national election, America’s two political parties contemplate what the results tell them they have to do to assure their success in the future.

Charter schools overall are a good idea. They can offer an escape for children trapped in substandard traditional public schools. They can spur traditional schools, now having to compete for students, to improve. If they are poorly operated, they can be easily shut down.

Last week the Federal Trade Commission, along with attorneys general of 48 states, sued Facebook. The Washington Post reported that the lawsuits “allege that the company is a monopoly that abused its market power through years of anti-competitive conduct and illegal acquisitions, enabling Fa…

We find it no surprise that the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit filed by 18 states contesting the presidential election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

A gun safety group that supports background checks for all firearms purchases has released some eye-opening statistics about an often-overlooked area of this issue: the number of people who survive being shot.

Joe Biden ran on a platform that he would do something to relieve the burden of student debt on the nation’s younger adults.

The arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Mississippi is great news. It’s hard to say what should concern the state more: that the supply of vaccines will be inadequate for months, or that those given the opportunity to protect themselves and others won’t take it.

The good news of this past week is that coronavirus vaccines soon will be deployed in the United States. People have already started getting the shots in the United Kingdom, where the second person to receive it was a guy named William Shakespeare. Given the many dramatic tragedies of 2020, …

Unless something drastic happens, Joe Biden will become president next month with a significant number of Americans questioning his legitimacy for office. He will be the latest in a line of four presidents to face such skepticism.

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Avoiding all the settings and occasions that Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other health officials ask is admittedly hard.

Donald Trump’s abuse of the presidential pardon power has some calling for Congress to place limits on its practice.

Medical experts have been predicting for months that December, January and February will be the worst period for the coronavirus.

There’s always a need at this time of year for charitableness. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the need even greater, with the loss of jobs it has inflicted on top of the medical crisis.

Mississippi’s Department of Education announced Monday that enrollment in the state’s public schools has dropped by 5% this year.

COVID-19 has caused big changes throughout society. One of them is online education as an alternative to in-class learning.

The topic rarely gets its fair share of attention, but at some point the federal government and education institutions are going to have to develop a plan to prevent America’s student debt problem from getting worse.

There’s probably more to the story to explain why a Mississippi judge thought a 15-year prison sentence was appropriate for a Rankin County drug addict caught forging $1,000 worth of checks.

Tate Reeves needs to work on his flawed analogies and on his stubbornness. Both were on display this week when the Mississippi governor tried to explain why he wasn’t listening to health officials who have called on him to impose a mask mandate statewide.

Mississippians who are concerned by last month’s surprisingly wide approval of medical marijuana can take some comfort in knowing the state is not alone as it enters this market.

We clearly are not past this pandemic yet, with most of the nation seeing a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths that could be further accelerated (time will soon tell) by the recent Thanksgiving holiday.

It was a big week for pardons at the White House. A day after Donald Trump performed the traditional annual pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, the outgoing president offered a less humorous reprieve.

Amy Coney Barrett, the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, did not personally explain her vote to reverse a previous court opinion that had given states great leeway in limiting attendance at worship services as a way to combat the pandemic.

Generally, a Mississippi governor’s budget proposal only gets attention when he presents it — several weeks before a legislative session starts — and then it gets figurately thrown into the dustbin as lawmakers chart their own course in deciding how the state’s revenue is generated and spent.

Brad Raffensperger may never become a household name. But the Georgia secretary of state deserves to be on the “Profiles in Courage” list for his refusal to bow to pressure within his own Republican Party to thwart Joe Biden’s narrow victory in that state.

The pandemic has taken some of the joy out of the upcoming holiday season. It could be a real downer for some 12 million Americans if Congress does not work out its differences over another coronavirus relief package.

Although we are no fan of Amazon’s destructive effect on Main Street retailing, we are happy to see that the company will be generating 1,000 news jobs in Mississippi with a new distribution center in Madison County.