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Old 02-24-2011, 10:01 PM
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I'd really like to see Mississippi improve in quality of life, education, and their obesity issue...

What do you think it would take for Mississippi to change things around and bring more industry and economic development to the state??

Would it take a different leadership? Do you think that the good ole boy network will eventually weed itself out?

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Old 02-25-2011, 11:19 AM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Since you asked....

As a long time resident, I don't see change on the horizon, and IMO the biggest problem is the attachment to what I call dumbass chic. It is considered oh, so clever, to act like a buffoon in the south. Amplify the accent, exaggerate the humility, add a few corny phrases, and you have a local hero, TV personality or politician. Listen to the advertisements on the radio and you'll see what I mean. ("YAHOO, Papaw where'd y'all get that thar new car?")

Use three syllable words, form your sentences correctly and listen more than you speak, and someone, somewhere will call you a Yankee. That is not a compliment. "Yankee" indicates a state of mind more than a place of origin.

I do believe that the good ole boy crowd will eventually die out, but it's going to take a while. When it does, things will turn around. But not tomorrow.

Remains a problem, but not as big a problem as some say. In most, but not all, school systems the kids can get the education they need to proceed with life.

But all that being said, I love living here. The few times I have had a problem of some sort people showed up to help. People I did not know, I'm saying. And they did not learn that trait by going to better schools or making better grades.
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Location: NC, USA
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How can Mississippi Improve??

Move away from Alabama!!!!
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