Archive | February, 2012

Honor people’s choice, respect the office and get on with business

February 24, 2012

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Mississippi is in the middle of a conversion from a two-party system to a one-party system. Currently, all but one statewide office is occupied by a Republican. The citizens of Mississippi went to the polls, and this was their decision. Democracy in action. Apparently, “all but one” is not enough. Now, the Republican House is […]

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At least my home Gulf Coast region isn’t as bad off as the Mississippi Delta

February 16, 2012

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I grew up on the Coast of Mississippi — before the casinos. Ingall’s Shipbuilding anchored the industrial business in that part of the country, but there was little else. Tourism was important to the area, but it was small-time tourism: souvenir shops, sno-cone shacks, and seafood restaurants. The people of the Coast are an eclectic […]

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Why do I pay a higher percentage in taxes than Gov. Romney?

February 9, 2012

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So, I wondered how much my average or effective tax rate was. All this talk of Gov. Mitt Romney’s millions and his low tax rate of 14 percent made me pull out my tax returns from the last two years. We have a good income, better than most in the state, but we’re not even […]

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Gov. Bryant responsible by cutting budget of his own department

February 3, 2012

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The median household income in Mississippi is about $35,000. We’re the lowest in the nation. Thankfully, our cost of living is less than in many states, but, as a whole, we have modest incomes and limited wealth. Making six figures in Mississippi makes you rich. The top public office in our state is that of […]

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