Tag Archives: Mississippi

Webb out of bounds with pronouncement of a new recession

October 5, 2012

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Recessions are part of the business cycle. They are relative, and they are temporary. They can last up to 18 months. The Great Recession, which began with the Financial Crisis of 2008, has been longer and harder than most. Here in Mississippi, we were late to the party. The effects of the contraction hit us […]

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Here’s hoping Fitch has plan for paying for our children’s education future

October 5, 2012

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I was so excited when the State of Mississippi finally started offering a college savings plan. My daughter was 16 and on the edge of qualifying. I plunked down my money for the full four years. By the time “H” headed to college, tuition costs had spiked. It was a great return on my money. […]

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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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Airport development an idea for right now

September 17, 2012

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

June 15, 2012

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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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Bring back the draft: Don’t we all owe it to our country?

June 11, 2012

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A  few weeks ago, we headed to Canton to sit in on a taping of Thacker Mountain Radio. It was a great evening on the square as people of all ages congregated for a night of music and community. The event coincided with the celebration of Armed Services Day. Representatives from each of the armed […]

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Higher prices at the pump mean a better global economy

June 4, 2012

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Gas prices are falling. Thank goodness! Something happens to my psyche when the number at the pump goes over $50, and I have a fuel efficient car and a short commute. Nationally, we only spend about 6 percent of our income on all energy. That includes transportation costs. In Mississippi, the number is a bit […]

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Call it crazy, but J.P. Morgan’s loss is Jamie Dimon’s gain

May 24, 2012

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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, feels really bad about the mistake that occurred on his watch. He felt so bad that he fired a couple people, and he actually apologized to shareholders. I’m sure that an apology from Dimon is like finding a real diamond in the garbage heap — rare, real rare. Dimon […]

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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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