September 17, 2012

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Airport development an idea for right now

I hate flying. Every time I climb on board one of those tin cans, I think, “Surely, God didn’t intend for us to be hanging around at 10,000 feet.” The source of my distaste used to be my irrational fear of flying. Panic would set in days before my scheduled trip. During the trip, turbulence […]

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August 31, 2012

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We can crow about our state’s generosity

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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August 27, 2012

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Get informed with a good book on money

Finally!!! After all the talk of dogs on roofs and birther conspiracies, maybe we can start talking about real stuff. What do we want government to do? And how will we pay for this? David Wessel, economics reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has a new book. It’s called “Red Ink.” In it he addresses […]

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August 17, 2012

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Jobs are out there if you look at the signs

It happened again! How could we add 163,000 jobs and then see our unemployment rate go up to 8.3 percent? There are three pieces of jobs data that tell us about the condition of the labor market. Two are reported monthly, and one is reported weekly. The weekly number tells us how many new claims […]

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August 9, 2012

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Abstinence-only approach out of date

Years ago, my then-single husband and his friend lamented their desert of a love life. They wanted the love of a good woman but had trouble finding the right one. In the midst of the moaning and groaning, his friend said, “But even Christian girls need sex, too!” Eighty-one school districts in Mississippi have chosen […]

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August 7, 2012

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Chick-fil-A in pickle after recent remarks

I love Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. I think it’s the pickle. That tangy, sour taste combined with a juicy piece of chicken satisfies my hunger pangs every time. My daughter is a devotee, as well. When traveling home from Yankee territory, she gets her fix at the Atlanta airport. If only Mr. Cathy had stuck with chicken […]

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July 30, 2012

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A wham, bam $21 wedding ceremony

Gov. Bryant signed the new “quickie” marriage law. As of July 1, you no longer have to wait 72 hours to go running down the aisle. In fact, there’s no waiting period at all. Pay your $21, sign your name and dash off to the justice of the peace. Wham, bam! You’re hitched. I can […]

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July 20, 2012

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Nothing like a free meal to feed the heart

I never turn down a free meal. It’s there. It’s free. Why would you? Of course, it starts to show after a while. Those free meals can add extra pounds that extract their own price at some point down the road. The Supreme Court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act, and governors around the […]

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June 24, 2012

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Economic news more nuance than extreme

The retail report for May put a damper on economic hopes. For two consecutive months, retail sales fell. With about two-thirds of our economy dependent on consumer spending, this could be an ominous sign. With every bit of economic news released, there is a corresponding headline. It’s either screaming good news, or it’s screaming bad […]

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June 15, 2012

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Here’s some surprising news on who is receiving those evil stimulus dollars

Mississippi is a red state. Blood red. Come November, there will be no doubt which column our 6 electoral votes slide into. In fact, blue people are wasting their time going to the polls. Mississippi is no swing state, not even close! Head into any barber shop or beauty shop (not in the African American […]

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