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December 24, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

April 25, 2018

According to a report released on April 11 by the Mississippi Legislature's PEER (Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review) Committee, the state's pension fund won't meet its often-cited funding goal by 2042, possibly requiring the pension fund's board and the Leg...

December 20, 2017

Despite a giant leap investment income and a slightly improved financial position, the report released Tuesday about Mississippi's defined pension system shows several trends that could erode its position even further.

Each year, the Public Employees' Retirement System...

October 3, 2017

According to a Mississippi Independent survey of contract records, employees at the Mississippi Attorney General's office are sweating off pounds on the taxpayer dole.

Employees at the AG's office receive taxpayer-funded gym memberships at several Jackson-area fitness c...

September 29, 2017

There's an old cliché that says if it isn't broke, don't fix it. What if the system is broke and our elected officials refuse to fix it? 

That's the situation with the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi, which is the defined benefit pension system for mo...

September 5, 2017

Employees of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) have been working up a sweat at local gyms with taxpayers picking up the tab.

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.