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Renewed interest in our 18th president

Editorials With all the renewed interest in the life and presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, particularly the recent best-selling biography by Ron Chernow, we noted this item from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal of Tupelo on the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library: Mississippi State University, and in conjunction Northeast Mississippi, earned a spot on the national academic map... 4:00pm 12/14/17

Holiday candles are beautiful but be careful

Editorials It’s the era of solar panels, wind turbines and light emitting diodes, or LEDs, that banish darkness for a fraction of the cost of old-fashioned light bulbs, but Americans still spend more than $3 billion a year on candles. There’s a primal beauty to a burning candle, elegance and romance to dinner by candlelight, a balm for the senses in the sweet smell of burning beeswax... 4:00pm 12/13/17

Student athletes are paid by tuition

Editorials Big-time college football is down to its final four teams for its version of the national championship. Did the committee which determined the four “best” teams get it right? Probably, but that is not the point of this editorial. Here is the point: At Clemson, the “estimated” costs for 2016-2017 is $25,160 per year for a full-time resident and $45,042 for a non-resident. (From... 4:00pm 12/12/17

Worthwhile FOIL bill on Governor’s desk

Editorials The State Assembly and Senate have overwhelmingly approved legislation to amend the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to encourage agencies to better comply with that statute. The bill, now on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk, deserves to be signed. The change would give a court discretionary authority to award attorney fees to a member of the public when the court finds the... 4:00pm 12/08/17

Curtailing congressional perks

Editorials Some politicians seek federal office in part so they can live an extravagant lifestyle paid for by American taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is determined to curtail that type of self-serving behavior. That’s why the Iowa Republican has just introduced legislation that would eliminate a tax break federal lawmakers crafted to benefit themselves. “Iowans sent me to Congress to... 4:00pm 12/07/17