Tag Archives: Mississippi

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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Mississippi’s legislature should be more like New Hampshire’s

July 11, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Mississippi’s State Legislature finally wrapped up the year’s business. Whoop-te-do! It only took a regular session plus a specially called session. And what did they accomplish? Next to nothing. Unemployment is still high. Our education system is still lagging. We’re at the bottom of every economic list, but, by golly, we can go to the […]

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Hey Guv, maybe it’s old men, not working women, ruining our kids’ education

June 4, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

My daughter will be 32 this summer, but she’s still my baby. I’m just so proud of her. Recently, she let me read a proposal she had written for academic research. I was astounded by her command of the English language and her ability to communicate an idea… especially since she had the disadvantage of […]

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Chokwe Lumumba has a lot to learn about the economics of running a city

May 29, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I don’t live in Jackson, but neither do most of the folks on my Facebook feed. That didn’t stop them from ranting about the outcome of the Jackson mayoral primary. The Facebook equivalent of “run for your lives” filled my screen. Shocked posters declared the election had been rigged. With only about 37,000 votes cast […]

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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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Rep. Andy Gipson a 19th century man with 19th century ideas on guns

May 1, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I know Mississippi Rep. Andy Gipson. He’s a really nice guy, has a nice family, very sweet people. You’ve heard the phrase, “He’s a renaissance man?” Doesn’t apply to Andy. Instead, I’d call him a solid nineteenth century man, as in “His feet are solidly planted in the 1800s.” When I knew Andy, he lived […]

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U.S. Postal Service can survive structural change, not inevitable

April 19, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Communication with clients has drastically changed over the last decade. While we still send out quarterly reports in the old U.S. mail packet with a formal letter, other mailings are rare. E-mail is the favored method these days, and it surprises me that my older clients are well-versed in this area. We even text clients […]

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