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The state of Illinois is really bleak, as Governor Pat Quinn delivered the State of the State address on Wednesday. For starters, Illinois is facing a $95 billion pension crisis to go on top of the nation’s worst budget ranking. Add gun crime in the state’s largest city, union strikes and a grumbling...

Today Mississippi senators face a deadline to reauthorize the state’s Medicaid program. The House of Representatives initially failed to pass the measure last week as Democrats challenged the exclusion of a Medicaid expansion included as part of the Affordable Care Act. Similar arguments continue in the Senate, with Democrats asserting that the expansion makes fiscal...

Valentine’s Day is approaching. You can’t go to Walmart or turn on the TV without being bombarded by messages of love. But what is it? How do we attain it? Love is a verb. God is love. All you need is love. We talk about love a lot; we’re constantly seeking it. It’s what every musician is singing about, what every writer is writing about. It is so often what motivates...

Your employer might ask you for your Facebook password when you graduate and eventually get a job, just so you know. I found out this information, and I couldn’t believe it. There’s no reason for them to get my password, I thought. If my profile has decent privacy settings and none of my posts are visible unless you’re friends with me, why should my employer need...

When was the last time you saw a centaur roaming the streets of Oxford? Or a mermaid hanging out in the Grove? For anyone not on hallucinogens, the answer is never. However, that didn’t stop a Mississippi state lawmaker from introducing a piece of legislation last week that was straight out of a Syfy Channel original movie, a proposed ban on all human-animal hybrids. ...

Dear Mr. Sunshine Deathray, With Dear Abby gone, R.I.P., I don’t have anyone that’ll listen to my troubles. Mr. Sunshine Deathray, I write to you in Folsom from my place of incarceration here at Ole Miss. I came across your opinion article in the school paper at Folsom; feels like I’m at grandma’s house when reading your stuff. Really good stuff. But I know you’re...

Last week, I pushed my flight back a day so I could go to D.C., to watch the inauguration. I felt I was so close to the big event. I didn’t want to miss it. There were so many people from all over the country in D.C., that day, I couldn’t even get close to the Capitol. When I heard the national anthem, the voice and the rendition were very beautiful. The singer was...

Ladies, let us think back to the last time a boy we didn’t know asked for our number and then politely called, or complimented our outfit or bought us a drink. What about the last time even a familiar acquaintance did that? Think hard about the last time it happened, if it’s ever happened, and then think about how many times it’s happened overall in the span of your...

Raise your hand if you owned or knew somebody who owned a Blackberry three years ago. Now, think about the number of people you know now who own a Blackberry. Compare that to the number of iPhones surrounding you right now. The Blackberry used to be the premier smart phone, especially for businessmen, but now its market share in America has plummeted. While many variables...

When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the end to the ban on women in combat roles on Jan. 24, I was stunned. I watched and re-watched his Pentagon press conference, making sure that I had heard every word correctly. Even though a series of modifications to the existing rule had opened 14,000 previously off-limits jobs in early 2012, I was not expecting a complete...