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December 24, 2018

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December 23, 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. 

November 29, 2018

The Mississippi Retired Public Employees' Association says that it won't accept any changes to the state's defined benefit pension system with the 2019 statewide elections less than year away.

In her letter to members in the newsletter, MRPEA president Ann Thames said,...

September 6, 2018

Unfunded liabilities continued to increase for state defined benefit pension funds in fiscal 2017, according to a recently released report by credit ratings firm Moody's. 

The report also said that increased investment income in 2017 and 2018 would lead to a reduct...

December 11, 2017

A political fight could be coming over the cost of living adjustment, known as the 13th check, with Mississippi's defined benefit pension system.

The Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi — which serves most state, county and municipal employees — provides...

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...

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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. 

                           The Editors

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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.