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Figuring out the Tunica way

May 22, 2012

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Tunica is a strange place. I can hardly wrap my brain around this little spot on the map. A few weeks ago, I traveled there to speak at a conference. We ended up taking the long route through Senatobia, winding on a country highway and passing farms and pastureland along the way — a scenic […]

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Reeves fails to help his state, needs a lesson in ‘basic finance’

May 22, 2012

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Well, the legislators have packed up and gone home. As I survey the wasteland of passed and failed bills, I wonder if these folks have a clue about the dire straits many Mississippi families find themselves still in. While they were arguing about immigration and charter schools and abortion, while they were poring over redistricting […]

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Edwards a criminal or just your plain scum of the Earth?

May 8, 2012

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John Edwards is a worm. That may be overstating his humanity. The one-time rising star in the Democratic Party has turned out to be another empty, narcissistic pretty boy, with the morals of an alley cat. Combine money, power, and a dose of boyish charm, and you’re bound to end up with a sex scandal. […]

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Rice: Immigration is not the enemy of U.S.

May 1, 2012

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We have a game we play when we head back home for a visit. How long before my mother starts railing against the immigrants? Personally, I don’t know what the fuss is all about. Of course, my job is not in danger due to these outsiders. I’m not bothered by Spanish exit signs in Wal […]

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There are still no female members at Augusta National

April 12, 2012

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Augusta National Golf Club accepted its first African American member in 1990. Here we are, 22 years later, and there are still no female members. I’m a terrible golfer. I only play occasionally, and it’s never pretty. I don’t actually consider golf a sport — riding around in a cart while stopping at intervals to […]

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Bring it on — But the gun culture in America has got to change

March 29, 2012

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I don’t like guns. My father had an old shotgun he kept in the closet, unloaded of course. He was a country boy who never took to hunting, so I had no experience with firearms and the sport surrounding their use. Two husbands, no hunters. When I married Ken, he had a small handgun. He […]

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Two out of three ain’t bad for economic forecasts

March 27, 2012

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Our annual CFA Forecast Dinner is always a delightful event: good food, good dinner companions, and good discussion about the economy and financial markets. This year was no exception. Kathleen Hays, popular Bloomberg radio host, was our moderator. The panel consisted of Kenneth Taubes of Pioneer Investment Management, Mark Freeman of Westwood Holdings Group, and […]

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Jones’ passing met with nice thoughts about a fun Monkee

March 12, 2012

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Davy Jones died. I know that may not mean much to you, but he was an integral part of my growing up years. It was the Monkees. It was the transition to the 70s, and I was just a kid watching each Saturday morning as that zany foursome sang and schticked their way through a […]

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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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