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America is a nation in search of itself

By Ray Mosby Columnist "And they came from everywhere To the Great Divide. Seeking a place to stand Or a place to hide." --Quoted lyrics by Don Henley and Glenn Frye ROLLING FORK -- First candidate, now President Donald Trump has. . .

Let's call the whole thing off

The Nobel committee will presumably be disappointed, but President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un should stay canceled. The meeting was much more likely to serve Kim's interests rather than ours, and. . .

Educators offer input on teacher prep programs

Currently, the topic of public education and issues related to teachers are prevalent in the news. Proper compensation for educators, along with adequate funding for students, teacher preparation, and teacher satisfaction seem to...

Can a pope change moral truth?

That joking retort we heard as children, "Is the pope Catholic?" is starting to look like a serious question. Asked five years ago about a "gay lobby" in the Vatican, Pope Francis responded, "If a person is gay and seeks God and. . .

The Chinese threat isn't just trade

We are currently engaged in a high-profile negotiation that may or may not succeed in getting the Chinese to buy more of our stuff. This is a fine goal as far as it goes, although that isn't very far. It doesn't matter if China. . .

Your life is your responsibility

Who is in control of your life? Are you in charge of what happens to you, or do you believe you are the victim of circumstances, or the actions of others? Some people take responsibility, whereas others are convinced they are...

Taking a first step toward prison reform

Recently, I attended the White House Prison Reform Summit. The fact that both the president and the vice president were at the event indicates the importance that the Trump administration ascribes to this issue. And statistics. . .

Rand's plan was political theatrics

STARKVILLE -- Federal Social Security and Medicare entitlements as they exist today are in deep trouble and can't sustain themselves under current law while at the same time 78 million Baby Boomers like me hurtle toward...

Economy still voters' major issue on Election Day

OXFORD -- On the day Donald Trump was elected, a 20-gallon tank of gas cost a Mississippi driver $36. Today, The American Automobile Associations says that same 20 gallons costs $52. A 44 percent increase. Does anybody care? In...

Difficult choices remain for state pension

JACKSON -- Pension plans are long-term enterprises with ups and downs, structured to pay out over decades. And if there's anyone who has the long view of Mississippi's Public Employees Retirement System, its outgoing Executive...

My, what big neuroses you have

Little Red Riding Hood went into the woods to take a basket of bread and jam to her ailing grandmother. On her way there, she met a wolf, who asked where she was going, and when Little Red Riding Hood told him, the wolf replied,. . .