Tag Archives: MBJ column

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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Economy worries keeping you awake?

June 26, 2011

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What keeps you up at night? For many of us, sleepless nights are the result of financial worries. A new Gallup poll asked Americans to rate those financial woes. At the bottom of the list is the worry about paying our credit card bill. Since 2008 many have cut down and cut up credit cards, […]

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Paying a fair share of taxes only, well, fair

June 12, 2011

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So, I heard that 45 percent of tax filers pay no federal income tax. NONE! 45 percent! Now, that makes me mad. After all, I pay a boat load of taxes every year. I don’t mind paying my fair share. I just want to make sure everyone else is anteing up, too. So, I began […]

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Good people deserve good health insurance

May 1, 2011

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I’m 52 years old. Understand that I don’t usually like to reveal my age, but this is such an important issue that I’m willing to give it up and reveal my driver’s license, birth certificate and wrinkle cream. Health insurance is a big deal for me. My first husband died of cancer at 34. Thankfully, […]

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Perception can be the toughest foe to fight

August 15, 2010

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Over the Fourth of July weekend, we traveled to Gulfport to see my family. Barbecued chicken, desserts galore and an evening spent watching fireworks on the beach completed the tradition. Just two weeks before, we had been on the Alabama Coast. We walked on the beach looking for tar balls, finding only a few. We […]

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A penny a pound: Just how deep are BP’s pockets?

July 11, 2010

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Best quote from the Gulf oil spill coverage? When asked what he thought of the CEO’s comment about the “small people,” the Orange Beach mayor said, “I don’t care what they call us, as long as they send the checks.” The real question is, “Will they bounce?” BP has been ordered to establish a $20-billion […]

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