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Do you ever find yourself looking around wondering what happened to the world around you? The lenses through which you have looked at life become skewed by some new information you learn, the action of another, or simply a mistake that you have made yourself. A blurred focus is something tha…

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Dear Editor: I read the recent editorials by Rep. Randy Boyd and saw they contained numerous inaccuracies. Therefore, I have contacted Rep. Boyd to correct the inaccuracies and am sharing this information with the Lee County Courier to correct the record. Although Rep. Boyd has not requested…

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We have a huge problem on the horizon Election Day. Initiative 65 is an attempt by a $14 billion industry to scam Mississippians. By installing this in our Constitution, Initiative 65 (I-65) would legitimize the smoking, vaping, using of water bongs, “ring pots,” gummy bears and “pot tarts” …

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On Oct. 1 – 2, 2020, the Mississippi Legislature went back into Session. These days were used to direct and redirect money of the COVID19 federal funds. This will be a brief summary of the bills passed and their funding. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being stored by the Mississi…

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I am on the House Education Committee which is why I have more information on the State Department of Education than some of the other departments. Other departments do have concerns of their own. However, today I am again going to address another issue in the MDE. Superintendent Wright gave…

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Have you ever wondered who your walk each day impacts. Are you a leader in your community or your church? How about in your family? Do you set the pace that everyone else follows? What does it mean to be a leader? As I look back at those in my life who have inspired me to follow them, there …

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The “Deep State” in Mississippi is not just one department or agency. The Legislature allocates money to departments and agencies. Laws are in place to try and prevent misuse. The most current issue that has arisen does involve the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). It was reported o…

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Mississippi has a “Deep State,” just like the Federal Government in Washington. The longer I stay in the Legislature, the more evident it becomes. Although, laws and bills appropriating money are written to be effective and efficient, the agencies and departments sometimes find ways to circu…

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When I was looking through this old box of memories that my mother saved all my life, I got this idea to write about things. I thought some of you might enjoy it as some of you ask for stories now and then. Now your stuck with a whole damn shoebox full more of a Boot Box, that's a little bigger.

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The coronavirus pandemic began as a threat to public health, but its ripple effects have touched every area of life and created vast new needs. Food pantries need more hands on deck to stock shelves and distribute goods. Students need tutoring to make up for lost time in the classroom. And m…

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Writer’s note: Friends, as a public personality for decades, I am always reluctant about sharing about any of my health concerns until I feel others may in some way gain an insight which may benefit them in future by my writing about it. Thankfully, this column is not about the pandemic.

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I was needing a laugh, so I hope you will join me as I recall an early music experience.

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Representatives have worked hard this week to finish the budget and bills. Starting on June 22nd with a full calendar of bills and working all week and the weekend, has slimmed the number down. Appropriation bills have been the priority. These bills fund the different Departments and Agencie…

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On June 26, I will begin my 81st year on planet Earth.  And during those 80 years I have done a lot of things. If you have been reading my columns for the past 10 or so years, you know about all of the places I’ve been and things I have done. But this column is about the things that I have n…

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The deadline for House committees to report Senate bills occurred on Tuesday evening. This caused multiple meeting of many committees. Any Senate bills that did not make it out of committees died. Throughout the rest of the week, the House met to discuss bills that survived the deadline. The…

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) is pleased to announce the appointment of eight Mississippians selected to attend one of America's prestigious Military Academies. The Service Academy appointees are as follows: Mason Bay (Oxford High School), Clay Cromwell (Oxford High …

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On May 12, the Mississippi Legislature was convened. It was the Legislatures time to show that it could come together to manage the money sent down by the CARES Act. The outcome was good to see. Committees met to discuss many avenues this money for this legislation was meant to help this state.

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A phone call from a contemporary the other day gives a glimpse into the existence I and perhaps many others find. I really appreciated his call. We have exchanged such about once a week since sequester. We usually do not vote the same way on state and national candidates, but we have mutual …

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Perhaps the headline atop this story needs disclaiming. While no one knows the future, we must remain hopeful. So, it’s not in the vein that my former legislative colleague Steve ‘Undertaker’ Holland means when he announces that someone has “crossed over” alluding to the Biblical River Jorda…

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On Dec. 23, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote these words: “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like …

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Like our fellow Americans, Mississippians are resilient. These are extraordinary times for all of us, but nothing we cannot overcome. The spirit of our people and concern for family, friends, and neighbors has not faltered. In fact, it has strengthened our resolve to preserve all that we hol…

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A lot of people I come into contact with tend to ‘live in the past’, a malady I personally think we should avoid. While our memories become immune to harsh events from which we adapt, often we resort to thinking about the ‘good ole days’. Congressman Jamie Whitten, himself near or in his oct…

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Several weeks from another state I received a phone call from an ambitious Millennial whose business associates wanted to pick his brain for potential political influence in regard to complicated government rules in their related business. I know the person well. He was concerned that Congre…

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Week 8 was, again, filled with committee meetings and hearings. By March 3, bills must be passed out of committee to remain alive and possibly become law. Even though there was a small amount of time spent in the House Chamber, bills were discussed and votes were taken. SB2257 was the most h…

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As I was making my rounds, I encountered an acquaintance who wanted to talk to me about crime and ‘bad things’. I circulate so that I can percolate. His analysis was to contradict another person we both know who he says blames the plight on “republicans”. This individual disagreed and blamed…

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This was the sixth week of the 2020 Legislative Session. House members had a busy week full of committee meetings and hearings. The deadline for the introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments is Monday, February 17, so members will remain busy over the next few weeks decidin…

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There’s an old saying in Mississippi political talk that “school teachers can’t elect you but they can beat you.” Maybe that’s why a little more respect is being shown by the 2020 folks in the state capitol. Last week the senate unanimously approved a $1,000 next year pay increase for the ov…

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At the beginning of the 2004 Legislative Session, Speaker Bill McCoy appointed me Chairman of the Committee on Transportation for the Mississippi House of Representatives. In that capacity a lot of matters came for consideration. I was particularly interested in building more 4-lane roads bu…

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Ancient humans built the seven wonders of the world, only one of which stands today – the Great Pyramids of Giza. Since those ancient days, various lists have noted new human-engineered wonders, such as the Taj Mahal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and even the International Space St…

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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

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This is the first report of the 2020 Session of the Mississippi House of Representatives. As usual the Session started slowly. On Tuesday, January 7th, the House was sworn into office by the Secretary of State on that day, Delbert Hosemann. Then, on Thursday, seven of the eight statewide ele…

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Health care as an issue landed with a thud in late December as members of Congress packed up and went home for the holidays. Two important pieces of legislation for patients didn’t make it to the finish line. Passage of either measure next year is a crapshoot since it’s an election year. One…

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Some folks call it ‘role model’. Most say “Be an example”. Holy Scripture challenges readers to cultivate traits of goodness, charity and mercy. So, why shouldn’t we begin a new decade by appealing to a better nature? Perhaps individually one can reflect on someone or several from whom we fi…

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This is a good time for memories. While viewing a ‘glass approach’, I admit to having a hard time always seeing it a “half full”. “Half empty” frequently is simply realistic. The late and great Congressman Jamie Loyd Whitten used to enumerate a litany of accomplishments which got longer as h…

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If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated – and dangerous – than ever. Dangerous? How can that be? This is health insurance we’re talking about, not some sketchy Internet site. But the reality is that the scam artists are out in full force, …

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Thanksgiving is a time in my memory that takes me back to the days of splendidly set tables, endless rows of holiday delights and friends and family gathered with their heads bowed thanking God for his blessings upon our homes. I can still smell the turkey turning a golden brown, the sage th…

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(Written for the Lee County Courier, August, 2017) Editor’s Note: William Joseph (Billy) McCoy died in Tupelo on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The original article was written and published more than two years ago. It has been modified by Bill Miles, a confidant and key advisor/leader to McCoy…

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Two years ago in Dallas I met an 85-year-old woman and her 65-year-old son. Both were very hungry with almost no food in their fridge or in their cupboards. After they had paid their bills, their meager monthly income from Social Security was dwindling. For lunch the mother wanted boiled cab…

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Years ago a wily businessman I knew told me that politics is about the masses versus the classes. He was describing how the perceived “have-nots” belong to the masses while the power structure is categorized in the “class” distinction. I can reflect the reality of watching candidates lure su…

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Bill Morris’ memoirs, “A Legendary Life”, is a heart rendering, informative narrative written in a contemporized atmosphere that tells a story of all things “Rural South” ending with classic success mixed with melancholy. Noel, as we called him around the Itawamba County Times in the 1950s, …

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Almost everybody would think that the United States of America is the place where the majority rules. But is that really the case and was that actually the intention of the people who wrote our Constitution? What most people don’t realize is that until the United States of America came toget…

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Grandma Kitty pulled her shiny case knife from the pocket of her blue apron. She reached down far to the bottom of the cane pole and cut it. “This will make a good one,” she said, as she handed it to a three-year-old me. Then she cut one for herself. As we walked to her favorite spot along F…

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Regardless of how the elections come out in November or next year in fact, this age-old description is more apt than unique. A person I know was talking about his life’s observations the other day. According to him he has watched his native domain resist equal opportunities based on race, ec…

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Solving society’s complex problems are above my pay grade. However, opinions are cheap and everyone has one or more which they believe are good. The circle(s) in which I navigate seem obsessed with ‘immigration’ talk. A friend sent me a link entitled, “When high school teenagers were recruit…

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