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Country tortoise leads the condescending hares

Editor, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is a rarity into today’s political world of media breathlessness and partisan blindness. He’s the countrified tortoise leading a pack of condescending hares. Barbour has been the adult in the crowd from Day One of the Gulf oil spill. All along he’s called for restraint in both media words and government deeds. While many elected ...

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MBJ making a mountain out of a molehill

Editor, If reference to your stories about MDOT chief Butch Brown, who was recently arrested for public drunk at a casino in Biloxi, why should someone be arrested for simply falling asleep? Why would it be in the best interest of a casino to want someone arrested for simply falling asleep? And, by the way, in case you’re not aware, ...

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Nevada man: Casinos are bad for business

Editor, It is a bad bet for local communities such as the one in Jones County, Miss., and states to rely on gaming to pay their bureaucrats’ salaries and budget deficits. I know, because I live in Nevada. Casinos can prove to be a net financial and motivational loss to communities; gambling losses do not contribute to local community businesses, ...

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Rebel haters really just hatin’ on college football

Editor, In regard to your column (July 5) about college football and whether Ole Miss legitimately won three national championships, it should be noted that as Mississippians, we should all be proud of the accomplishments everyone has made. It’s OK to be a fan of one team or another, but to be so petty as complain about the details of ...

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MBJ is off base when it comes to IPP highway

Editor, In your recent article, “Entergy agrees to give up control,” writer Amy McCullough states that some officials “believe that Entergy has neglected transmission system improvements and purposefully engaged in keeping IPPs off its energy transportation highway.”   What is left out of this point is that, in general, the independent power producers (IPPs) cannot profit by selling their power ...

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Writer: David Waide has short-term memory loss

Editor, I read with interest the article on David Waide, the current president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau, and the bill for eminent domain in the June 14 issue.  In there, Mr. Waide states, “I don’t remember an issue that’s ever been like this.  I think this has galvanized everybody.”  Mr. Waide must certainly remember his successful attempt at blocking ...

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Government should stay out of oil recovery

Editor, I understand all the anger and devastation this oil spill has brought. But if the government “seizes” BP, it will then be the taxpayers who have to pay. Leave it to BP, which knows as much as anybody about deep-water drilling, to fix this. I’m afraid if the government seizes yet another industry, it will be a pure political ...

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Sardis project should get the go-ahead

Editor, Sardis Lake is one of four reservoirs built in Northeast Mississippi as a flood control mechanism. And it will continue to do just that. There should be no worries as to flooding the Delta with all the runoff systems in place along with the endless efforts and man hours the corps of engineers have spent to reinforce all the ...

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IPPs have no interest in helping Mississippians

Editor, I’ve read with interest your paper’s recent coverage of Mississippi Power Company’s IGCC plant and the Entergy E-RSC meetings. As a former Mississippi Public Service Commissioner privileged to have served the state and the people of Mississippi for more than 30 years, I believe the articles have done a disservice to your readers, utility customers and the regulated utilities ...

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