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Opinion: Mississippi in the 21st Century

A no-boundaries opinion on what an ideal 21st-century Mississippi could be like.

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The Papal Zeitgeist

 

Like so many of my fellow Mississippians, I grew up in the Southern Baptists churches of the 1970’s and 1980’s. I was ably served by my Sunday school teachers and my self-taught-biblical-scholar mother. From their capable and enthusiastic hands, I came to know the Bible quite well, at least for a teenager. My journey to Catholicism started around the time I went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi. College days were, happily enough, a time of soul searching and thinking about life and man’s place in the cosmos.

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America’s Additions: The Twelve Piranha States

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” —Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”

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Gambling on Economic Development

By Dana Cooley
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

Twenty years of casinos have had a huge impact on Mississippi. Casinos were legalized in 1990 to mobilize a stagnant economy. The casinos have unquestionably grown the Mississippi economy. However, the state has a unique relationship with these same casinos. “The Hospitality State” has casinos that are as welcoming as a cold glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day. Mississippians excel at feeding and entertaining our guests. Casinos are an excellent way for Mississippi to capitalize on one of its core competencies. The state’s focus on hospitality has led to Biloxi, MS ranking fourth in the US for casino destinations.

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Transferring Money From The Poor To The Wealthy—Economic Development?

By Danny Bedwell
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

In September of 2013, Governor Bryant of Mississippi announced that the Mississippi Development Authority had struck a deal with Feuer Powertrain to build a crankshaft manufacturing facility in Tunica. The Governor heralded this project as testimony to Mississippi’s new attitude of being a business friendly state. The architects of this deal tell us that the $140 million dollar project has the potential to bring 300 much needed jobs to the delta of Mississippi. Of the $140 million dollars, nearly $20 million of it will come from the taxpayers.

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Happy Holidays?

by Jeffrey Cavanaugh
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

 This past week brought the opening salvo of the wintertime holiday season – Thanksgiving – to America. It also, conveniently enough, provides an annual opportunity to examine the effects of an ongoing social experiment in American culture that has gone on unabated since the turn of the last century.

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An “Overnight Success”

By Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

successHe was a man who achieved great success as a motivational speaker. He rose from obscurity to becoming one of the most in-demand speakers in the world. When he bounded onto the platform, audiences were spellbound by his humor, inspirational stories, and ability to connect individually with each of them.

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DeKalb County 2014 Transportation Plan: Prosperity In Mobility?

By Jonathan Banes
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

On November 16th, the DeKalb County government held a neighborhood summit in Downtown Decatur to discuss its proposal for extensive transportation improvements not only for Decatur proper but for the major corridors located throughout the county. There, community leaders from DeKalb met with officials, specifically PatreceKeeter (DeKalb County Department of Public Works) and Cristina Pastore (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc) who are the primary representatives of the project proposal. The goals of this ambitious project consists of four primary objectives: improve mobility for all people, enhance quality of life, improve economic vitality, and a focus on implementation of the aforementioned transportation plan.

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Blowing the Whistle

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

Imagine you’re at a skating rink. Lots of people skate around the rink having a good time. Two skate guards (like referees at a hockey game) make sure that no one skates recklessly. Suddenly, some new skaters enter the rink, weaving in and out among the crowd at high rates of speed. People start to scatter. It’s becoming a dangerous situation.

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The Hot Air President

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

President Obama gives good speeches. He talks a good game. He verbalizes thoughts of hope and change. He told us that he’d be a new kind of President, and change Washington. He has delivered on that promise–he is indeed a new kind of President. He’s the Hot Air President.
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