There’s lots to be thankful for in Mississippi
My annual thanksgiving column is the easiest of the year to write, because we have so much to be thankful for.
Collecting sales taxes for online sales fair
Back on April 25, the U.S. Senate by a vote of 63 to 30 passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a measure which would empower states to collect sales tax on out-of-state online purchases. The bill would exempt small businesses that earn less than $1 million annually from out-of-state sales.
The bill now awaits action in the House Judiciary Committee, where a number of Southern Republicans — usually reliable “no new taxes” members — are expressing support for the legislation.
CBS should come clean on ethical lapse
CBS correspondent Lara Logan apologized on “60 Minutes” last Sunday for that program’s deeply flawed account of how four Americans were killed at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi. It turned out that their primary source, a government contractor named Dylan Davies, was never at the compound and lied repeatedly about his role in the whole tragic episode.
City, county plan for growth
Every economic development entity, every chamber of commerce and every regional economic alliance talks about growth, new jobs and ways to bring increased prosperity to their locales. But in Corinth and Alcorn County, their leaders are not just talking about growth — they’re planning for it.
Nowhere else but in Louisiana
I am winding my way down to the Louisiana Capitol basement, trying to find House Committee Room 6, which is as exciting as it sounds and not evident by the crowds gathering to hear me read.
Most book-loving pilgrims are upstairs, jostling for a seat in the huge but overflowing House Chamber to see hilarious best-selling author Rick Bragg, or in the Senate Chamber with Alan Robertson, oldest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson from the television show “Duck Dynasty.”
CBS, Cara Logan still have some explaining to do
The comic figure of the braggart soldier first appears in Plautus’s play “Miles Gloriosus” in roughly 200 B.C., although the Roman dramatist acknowledged a now-lost Greek model. So it’s surprising that somebody who’s spent as much time in war zones as “60 Minutes’” Lara Logan failed to recognize the type: a swaggering, self-anointed hero describing military feats nobody witnessed but him.
Bars near military bases around the world harbor fakers like Dylan Davies, aka “Morgan Jones,” as “60 Minutes” called him, although they do have to be careful who they lie to. It’s mainly a tactic for fooling gullible women. I used to know a fellow whose girlfriend forgave his drunken blackouts because of his terrible experiences in Vietnam — a war that ended when he was nine.
Tea Party is at crossroads
In opposing ObamaCare, the Tea Party took a position that increasing numbers of Americans agree with, now that ObamaCare’s potential for disaster is becoming clearer by the day. But in trying to defund ObamaCare without the Congressional votes to do so, the Tea Party made a major tactical mistake.
Myths cloud farm bill debate
It’s unfortunate in the extreme that progress on a new five-year federal farm bill has become intertwined with efforts to curb the rapid growth of the federal food stamp program. Why?
Congress hasn’t passed a farm bill since 2008.
Defense plant weathers 3 decades
This week Raytheon Co. announced a 150-job expansion at their plant in Forest, Mississippi.
Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority played a central role in making that happen, along with City of Forest and Scott County officials and the state’s congressional delegation.
Songs are guide on 'rainy days and Mondays'
The leaves are turning yellow and orange and red, and others have already fallen. You can smell the seasons in the air. Thanksgiving’s on my mind and a winter of more discontent. It’s been a hard year — doesn’t it seem like every year’s a hard year? — and I feel like sharing a few thoughts.
Still, even in the age of Facebook and Twitter, this’ll take more than 140 characters.
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