Archive | July, 2011

Political ads — gotta hate ‘em, right?

July 31, 2011

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Election years are great for the ad business. Politicians spend huge sums on ad creation and placement. It’s a boon for local media outlets. But I hate it! Just seeing the mismatched, crooked collection of political signs on every corner makes me cringe. I can’t enjoy a quiet evening watching television without listening to some […]

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No data to back up story’s statement

July 24, 2011

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W. Edwards Deming said, “God can have opinions; everyone else should bring data.” I opened my MBJ Bulletin e-mail last week and read the column from Amy McCullough entitled “Why Businesses Are Not Expanding.” The second sentence states unequivocally, “Regulatory uncertainty is the reason many businesses are afraid to expand.” Really? Then I search the […]

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The two Mississippis and our economy

July 17, 2011

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It doesn’t matter what the economic reports are. If you can’t pay your bills, the recession is not over. Mississippi’s economy is one of haves and have nots. With one in four of our labor force working for a government entity and a large dependence on the service sector, we find ourselves with a higher […]

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It’s all about small business in Mississippi

July 3, 2011

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More than half of all Mississippi businesses employ four workers or less. Now, that’s what I call small business! While we tend to focus on large corporations and large numbers of jobs, it’s the small businesses who contribute to our economy in meaningful ways. The Rust Belt has been known for its dependence on large […]

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