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BILL CRAWFORD: Reasoned discourse becoming historical relic in Twitter age

“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.    A timely topic. Almost 242 years ago, in September 1774, our founding fathers engaged in reasoned discourse. That was when the First Continental Congress ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Payment and performance bonds in construction projects

Construction lenders on large commercial construction loans customarily require payment and performance bonds.  At the loan commitment letter stage, this condition rarely concerns a borrower.  Later, however, when the requirement materializes into a line item in the contractor’s budget, the borrower might have second thoughts.  We attempt to define and appraise the payment and performance bond (P&P Bond). Let’s assume ...

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ALAN TURNER — Newspapers and our American heritage

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson As we approach another 4th of July, it would be good to pause for a few minutes in our busy lives and reflect on all of the ...

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TODD SMITH — AP Stylebook 2016 updates: media, emoji & normcore, oh my!

OK, we have officially stopped capitalizing internet and web, according to a recent announcement from the Associated Press. Last week those words finally became lowercase – as they should have been all along – In the release of the 2016 AP Stylebook. There are some important additions and updates to reflect our transforming, multi-tasking, social and digital world: » media ...

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Your prospect will signal you when they’re ready to buy

Billy, pay attention!” That was your first listening lesson. Probably delivered when you were too young to pay attention. Fast forward 20 something years (or more) and you’re STILL not listening. Your customer is telling you he or she is somewhere between “interested” and “ready” in your sales conversation, and you’re pressing to “overcome” some bogus objection because your focus ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — One person’s guide for school-business partnerships

From Corinth to DeKalb to Pascagoula, businesses and business organization are partnering with local schools to improve education outcomes in their communities. In this column we will examine some of the initiatives that have been successful as seen through the eyes of this writer. For over 20 years I have been involved in some form or fashion with school-business partnerships. Much ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Mississippi’s funds shortfall probably won’t get Obama’s help this time

In 2009-2011 when Mississippi revenue collections were hitting unprecedented lows, new President Barack Obama came to the rescue of Mississippi and  Gov. Haley Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Byrant, House Speaker Billy McCoy and the rest of the state’s political leadership. The budgets passed by the Legislature and signed by the Republican Barbour during those years relied on a total of ...

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