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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM
When looking for the next big investment boost for Mississippi – both private sector profits and tax revenue – some folks propose the Colorado model: marijuana legalization. It could help blunt budget cuts and as a business be in high demand.  That revenue would still violate federal law making banking difficult and farming on federally insured or loan guaranteed land problematic.
  • BROOKS/This century is broken
    Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period. No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars, fewer plagues.

    It’s looking like we’re not going to get to enjoy one of those times again. The 21st century is looking much nastier and bumpier: rising ethnic nationalism, falling faith in democracy, a dissolving world order.
  • LOWRY/Trump’s new Watergate?
    In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines — a national-security adviser getting fired under a haze of suspicion about his dealings with Russia.
  • For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.                                            — Romans 13:9-10 ESV
  • FEB. 26, 1937

    Mr. W.D. Cole, prominent wholesale grocer of this city, was elected president of the Mississippi Wholesale Grocer’s Association for the current year at the annual convention held in Jackson last week.
    Jesus said “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Psalm 15 is a commentary on what it means to be pure in heart. It isn’t an exhaustive commentary to be sure, but it does describe virtues that arise out of a heart set on seeking the Lord first.  The virtues in the psalm are not what God finds in us, but what God forms in us after we come to faith.
    The notes in the NIV Study Bible say Psalm 93 is: “a hymn to the eternal, universal, and invincible reign of the Lord.” This is correct. It is a hymn we should remember. The praise of God’s glory and his attributes is where we find real joy.  If you want to be happy, seek to understand and marvel at the Lord. Studying this psalm is a good start.
  • BROOKS/Bonhoeffer, Benedict or Ford
    How should one resist the Trump administration? Well, that depends on what kind of threat Donald Trump represents.

    It could be that the primary Trump threat is authoritarianism. It is hard to imagine America turning into full fascism, but it is possible to see it sliding into the sort of “repressive kleptocracy” that David Frum describes in the current Atlantic — like the regimes that now run Hungary, the Philippines, Venezuela and Poland.
  • LOWRY/Heed the protests
    It’s beginning to look a lot like August 2009 in reverse.

    In that summer of the Tea Party, conservative activists packed the town-hall meetings of Democratic congressmen and peppered them with hostile questions. It was an early sign of the abiding opposition that Obamacare would encounter, and the prelude to Democratic defeats in 2010, 2014 and 2016.
  • BROOKS/Where history is being made
    James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made. In the 1980s, when the Japanese economic model seemed like the wave of the future, the husband and wife team moved to Japan with their school-age children. Then, after 9/11, they were back in Washington, with James writing a series of essays for The Atlantic about what might go wrong if the U.S. invaded Iraq.
  • LOWRY/A so-called court ruling
    If the law means anything, the Trump administration will succeed in overturning the so-called court ruling against its travel ban.

    The nationwide stay of the ban issued by Judge James Robart, a Washington state-based federal district judge, is tissue-thin. It doesn’t bother to engage on the substance, presumably because facts, logic and the law don’t support Robart’s sweeping assertion of judicial authority in an area where judicial power is inherently quite limited.
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