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Hey Mike Chaney, you are in the hole; quit throwing good money after bad

August 23, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I really don’t understand what Mike Chaney is doing. At first, Insurance Commissioner Chaney’s office led the way in developing health care exchanges to comply with the Affordable Care Act. States all over the country called asking for help from little ole Mississippi. For once, we appeared to be ahead of the curve. That plan […]

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Green always take precedence over red and blue politics

August 14, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Politics makes for strange bedfellows. When Terry McAuliffe, BFF of The Clintons, decided to burnish his business reputation as preparation for a run at the governor’s office in Virginia, he went to none other than our own Gov. Haley Barbour. According to the latest political gossip release, This Town, Barbour, Clinton (the former Prez) and […]

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The conundrum: Unemployment and student loans

July 25, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Over the last few years, I watched the unemployment rate climb to double digits then fall back into the 7+ range. It’s been a long, slow slog to recovery. As I dug through the data on unemployment during this time, some obvious points hit me. First, the duration of unemployment has been longer than during […]

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Service is everything when it comes to customer retention

May 28, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I ordered a shirt from L.L. Bean a few months ago. I liked it so much I ordered another one — same shirt, same size, different color. So certain I was that the second one would be as perfect as the first that I threw away the tags and shipping papers. Much to my surprise, […]

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Who’s laughing now? Pearl has taken on a whole new meaning

May 15, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Pearl used to be the red-headed stepchild of the Jackson area. It had a stretch of Highway 80 littered with half-empty strip malls and fast food restaurants. In many cases, the neighborhoods were old and rundown. We laughed when the town was mentioned. Puuhhrrrl? We always stretched out the one syllable and put on our […]

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IQ, not bra size, most important number on women’s resumes

March 20, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Every generation of women has found it easier to step into a man’s world and compete. During my early years as a business owner, one potential client decided against signing up because I might get married and quit. As a woman, credibility was hard to come by. I knew I had to have more letters […]

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Good food. Good news. Good times.

March 19, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Good news is always welcome. Just days from the pronouncement of the expert panel at the annual CFA Forecast Dinner, the market performed as predicted and hit an all-time high. Kathleen Hays of Bloomberg Radio moderated again this year, much to the delight of the audience. Food and atmosphere at Jackson Country Club met our […]

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What to do when your parents need you most

December 13, 2012

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We’re at that stage. It’s the one where you feel the need to gather your siblings and have conversations about your parents. The trip to my husband’s home over Thanksgiving confirmed our suspicions. His parents’ health is declining, and they need help with basic needs. All around us, friends are having these same conversations in […]

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It’s time to change ratings for hurricanes

September 20, 2012

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I made my usual phone call. “Mom, Dad, how about coming north and staying with us until the storm passes,” I said, knowing full-well what their answer would be. My parents live in the same house in Gulfport where I grew up. Their street is about a mile off the beach but not in a […]

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We can crow about our state’s generosity

August 31, 2012

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I usually cringe when I see state ranking lists published. In things like income and education, Mississippi is always on the bottom. In things like teen birth rate, we’re always at the top. Rarely do we have anything to crow about, but a recent list caused me to puff up a bit. Mississippians are the […]

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