Will New Superintendent Unleash Mississippi Education Potential?

Mississippi has hired Dr. Carey Wright as its first (permanent) female superintendent of education. As Wright’s administration gets into swing, it will be interesting to see what unleashing that “untapped potential” looks like in Mississippi. Last Wednesday, Mississippi hired Dr. Carey Wright as its first (permanent) female superintendent of education. Wright holds a Master’s of…

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The Giant Machine

If we have decided that it’s society’s responsibility to help those in need, then do we not also have an obligation to make sure our support systems are NOT giant, costly bureaucracies removed from the real human beings? Would more local support be better? An article from The Economist questions how to “balance the desire…

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Has government turned us into a nation of makers and takers?

When addressing the issue of makers and takers, statements about how many Americans don’t pay federal income taxes can be misleading if further context is not provided. Likewise, declaring that “nearly everyone pays something” can be just as misleading if one does not also consider how much they pay and how much they take. In…

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The Economic Safety Net (a parable)

Once upon a time, far, far away, people lived in a village on an island where life was difficult. But the people were good and worked hard and the village grew. The people called their island “Economy” and they were happy. Once upon a time, far, far away, people lived in a village on an…

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Pension Air Castles

Lowenstein bemoans the failure of pensions, because he thinks they’re a good idea if properly managed. The solution for the government pensions already promised? Lowenstein says governments have to tighten their belts by reducing benefits and/or raising taxes. Roger Lowenstein addresses “The Long, Sorry Tale of Pension Promises” in a recently published Wall Street Journal…

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Kemper: Good Investment of Dollars for Mississippi?

With the EPA set to propose new carbon emission rules and hold forth the Kemper clean coal plant as a representative of carbon capture and storage technology, Bloomberg reviews the Kemper saga of cost overruns and controversy. With the EPA set to propose new carbon emission rules and hold forth the Kemper clean coal plant…

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Is Harrison County Utility Authority cheating land owners?

According to the report below, land appraisals by the Harrison County Utility Authority have been way below fair market value in at least a number of cases. And unless the land owners went to court to challenge the appraisal, they wouldn’t even know. If a government entity needs your land for an important public use,…

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Commissioner says no to Mississippi Power charging customers for MEI payment

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley argues that the Commission should not allow Mississippi Power Company to charge ratepayers $45,000 it paid for membership with the Mississippi Energy Institute, because he considers the Institute a lobbying group. At the most recent Public Service Commission meeting, Commissioner Brandon Presley raised the issue of Mississippi Power Company seeking…

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Common Core or Rotten Core?

The Common Core Standards are the result of a federally-supported effort to establish clear and rigorous national standards with which to judge American students’ educational progress. The Common Core Standards are coming! The Common Core Standards are coming! The Common Core Standards are on the educational horizon, though their advent perhaps does not have the…

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The Liberty Tradition Among Black Americans: How Black Americans Made Progress after the Civil War

Many black leaders today promote affirmative action, which gives racial preferences in hiring to black Americans. But that was not the thinking of Douglass and other black leaders, such as Booker T. Washington, after the Civil War. “Slavery and free institutions can never live peaceably together,” Frederick Douglass observed. “Liberty . . . must either…

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