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Story doesn’t reflect banking perspective

Editor, I am writing in response to your Feb. 22 article (“Bye-bye Banks? Credit Unions Are the Hot Thing”) that contends that credit unions offer consumers a distinct advantage over banks. This article does not contain any comment from the banking industry. I write on behalf of Mississippi’s banks to provide important facts (not included in your article) that should ...

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Nuclear loan guarantees important to U.S. future

Editor, With the recent loan guarantees to spur the construction of new nuclear plants in the U.S., the nation has taken a strong step forward a secure our energy future (”Southern Co. to get federal loan for reactors,” Feb. 16). New nuclear plants can and should be a growing and important part of our nation’s energy supply. And the development ...

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We must look beyond the Toyota headlines

Editor, Mississippi is often characterized as a whole by a single negative statistic that generates a convenient headline. As little effort is made to look at the whole picture, our state and our people are often mischaracterized by those who don’t know us. As a native of Delaware, when I first announced to friends I was moving to Mississippi to ...

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MBJ fair in coverage of O’Neill controversy

Editor, Last week’s article on the compensation package for Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s president and CEO Duane O’Neill seemed very fair.  His salary is comparable to other regional counterparts and reflects professionalism necessary to manage a six-county, multi-million economic development organization and insurance network. And since part of his compensation package is performance based, we can only hope that he ...

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O’Neill’s benefit to area med facilities is priceless

Editor, The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) serves the entire region in the very vital role of economic development. As one of the largest economic engines in the State of Mississippi, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) needs this partnership to grow and meet the health care needs of Mississippi, now and in the future. During critical times, such ...

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SOLUTION AT WHAT PRICE?

Editor, This is a crucial time for the American people. Congress will soon decide if America should continue down the recent path of larger government, increased taxes and the elimination of personal responsibility. We have a one-sided debate on healthcare that does not even begin to focus on the real problems and completely discounts the many positive attributes that make ...

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MBJ should be ashamed

Editor, I am not sure why the Mississippi Business Journal keeps picking on Charles and Chris Evans. The liberal media loves to find small business owners around the country and put them in tough situations just so you can exploit them for your own gains. Conservative America understands what is going on and movements like the Tea Parties around the ...

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HBCUs taking the brunt of cuts

Editor, I think this idea (of merging Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University with Jackson State University) is utterly ridiculous! If the budget needs adjusting, then why not start with some other colleges rather than the only three African-American colleges in the state. This suggested $35 million in savings in nothing compared to what could be saved if ...

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Party affiliation means something

Editor, I guess I miss your point (regarding Ross Reily’s blog last week on Simpson County officials changing party affiliation). Do you believe that every Republican or Democrat in the state who is a county official should run as an independent? You don’t think local officials differ on issues of taxes, voter ID, the role and size of government, the ...

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Taxing sodas column misses the big picture

Editor: The column surrounding taxing soda and trans-fat spotlights an ineffective approach to fighting obesity and its health-related illnesses. The idea of a tax takes the attention from where we should be focusing, which is educating consumers on healthy consumption and promoting physical activity.   By focusing on sole items, we are missing the bigger picture.  As a registered dietitian, ...

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