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Kemper plant should be reconsidered

Editor, As a businessman in South Mississippi, I feel the need to explain why the recent decision of the Public Service Commission on the Kemper County generating plant makes it impossible for Mississippi Power to finance and construct the plant. I hesitated to come forward because I am a member of the Mississippi Power Company board of directors, but I ...

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IPPs should have to share the cost burdens

Editor, Your April 29 article, “Four states discuss Entergy’s power purchasing practices,” brought up a good point about how electricity is supplied. Charles Long with Entergy stated that the problem between utility companies and independent power producers (IPPs) is that although IPPs pay a fee to transport electricity on the utility’s transmission system, they do not have to pay to ...

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Building America means slowing down

Editor, With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 creating new road construction and maintenance projects, as well as an aging infrastructure in desperate need of repair and expansion, work zones are beginning to appear all across this country. National Work Zone Awareness Week 2010, April 19-23, provides a good opportunity to think about the importance of the country’s ...

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Charging for efficiency isn’t a good business model

Editor, I am puzzled by the recent article (“Charging for energy efficiency?”) that reported the Mississippi Public Service Commission is looking at ways to get “Mississippi’s regulated utilities — Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power Company — to implement robust energy-efficiency measures.” I think everyone can agree that energy efficiency is a positive thing, particularly here in Mississippi where sweltering summers ...

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Healthcare backlash confusing to reader

Editor, I don’t understand why there has been such a rabid protest against requiring people to pay for health insurance. Haley Barbour is going to sue someone, not sure how that works, under the premise that requiring people to pay for health insurance is unconstitutional. Would it not be unconstitutional that someone can be fined for not having automobile insurance? ...

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Leadership help bring business to Mississippi

Editor, One of the primary reasons that a company based in California is willing to locate a major manufacturing facility in Mississippi is the fact that our state leadership have been stalwarts in controlling costs and reigning in budgets. Our situation is far more stable and optimistic than virtually any other state in the region and we need to recognize ...

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Use solar panel business as impetus for more

Editor, I read about Creeks Technologies, a venture-backed solar technology company, locating a solar panel manufacturing facility in Senatobia. The production facility, according to your story, will create 512 jobs, in two phases, over the next five years and represents a company investment of more than $175 million. This is a quantum leap for our state into the solar industry. ...

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Jackson should step up for Downtown Riverwalk

Editor, Thank you for your story on the downtown river project last week. We need for our leaders in Jackson to step up, as you say, to the plate to take care of our business for the next 30 years. If we keep working hand to mouth nothing will happen. Jackson leaders, I hope will have a vision for the ...

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The gun owners I know do not cause me fear

Editor, Your response to Sen. Merle Flowers proposed bill has little to do with being anti-business and nothing whatsoever to affecting or not affecting a recession.  The anti-gun rhetoric from the left is the same worn excuse it has always been.  Somehow an in-animate object is magically going to be a threat to society and peace-loving individuals.  Nothing could be ...

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Us fatsos have it coming very soon

Editor, I fear that we fat people are going to be vilified. In an effort to get the national health plan passed, the public will be told that fat people are the major cause of high medical costs in this country. There are some who are convinced that diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, warts, etc., are caused by being fat and ...

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