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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas Blanton’s response to Bill Crawford column

Response to Bill Crawford column: July 19, 2015 (BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers) Misinformation is the worst kind. Mississippi Power used to be a beloved part of South Mississippi. However their corporate culture has transformed itself over the past few years. In the past it did not threaten its customers, subject its customers to ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MDOC’s recommended award for new inmate health services contract not a money-saver

  An April 27, 2015 article in the online version of the Mississippi Business Journal announced the Mississippi Department of Correction’s (“DOC’s”) selection of Centurion of Mississippi, LLC as its new inmate health care vendor. The new contract combines State-operated and privately run prisons under a single contract starting July 1. The article went on to state that Mississippi could ...

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Rebuttal for Idaho: Lazy, stupid people everywhere

Editor, I have a few comments regarding the ignorant rantings of one Idaho writer: let’s start with, “ leave him to his ignorance!” I’m not always excited about the decisions that Gov. Barbour makes, but he is an EXCELLENT businessman; he knows how to hang on to money, and he has enough sense not to spend money you don’t have. ...

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Crump probably has never been to Mississippi

Editor: RE: “Idaho writer needs a Missisippi education” (Ross ReilyColumn, April 11) … Having traveled out west several times on trips that included Idaho, I did not see one thing that would lead me to say anything derogatory about the State of Idaho or the people who live there. In fact, except for the mountains, the scenery would make many ...

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Keep swipe fee reforms; it’s best for business

Editor, Walton Gresham is right (“Retailer Sees Cap Delay As Another Bailout of Banks”) that the swipe fee reforms enacted in last year’s Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are critical to a small business like mine. I own a Bops Frozen Custard, which is a high-volume, low-ticket business. Merchant service fees on every card swiped are particularly expensive ...

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Kemper Plant hardly economic development

Editor, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is falsely claiming that the Kemper coal project would benefit Mississippi’s economy. The truth is that ratepayers, who can ill afford higher electricity bills, are going to be stuck with up to a 48 percent increase to pay for an experiment. Mississippi Power says that the huge upfront costs to ratepayers’ pocketbooks ($2.7 billion) ...

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Thanks for sticking up for Mississippi business

Editor, Your concentration on the Mississippi catfish industry, which is under assault from across the nation, is a credit to your publication. It does appear there has been a choice made between Vietnam and the United States and our U.S. leaders, including those from Mississippi, have chosen Vietnam. That is sad. Please keep the pressure on. I hope someone is ...

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UAW infiltration harmful to state

Editor, Times are tough here in Mississippi, with an unemployment rate still above the national average. But since peaking above 12 percent in February of 2010, job creation is starting to pick up and unemployment has now dropped below 10 percent. One of the areas seeing increased job creation is our thriving auto manufacturing industry. Global auto manufacturers have unveiled ...

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IPPs want to sell for as much as possible

Editor, In the recent article on electric utility audits (“Mississippi PSC selects companies to perform electric utility audits” 10/31/2010), the reporter wrote, “In instances where an outside source, such as Independent Power Producer (IPP), can generate cheaper power, utilities are required to buy that electricity.” Typically, electric utilities are held to standards to provide customers electricity in a reliable and ...

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Utilities shouldn’t be allowed to donate ratepayers’ money

Editor, The MBJ story on utility company donations caught my eye (Oct. 4, 2010 issue). I have long felt that utility companies should not be allowed to donate ratepayers’ money to charities since utilities are monopolies. It’s totally different if a private company chooses to donate funds to charity since, in fact, the owners are making the contribution themselves and ...

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