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Madison mayor wrong to try and keep Jackson State on the outside looking in

February 5, 2013

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Clinton is the only small town in the Metro Jackson area that boasts a four year college. Mississippi College is one of the oldest institutes of higher learning in the country. Take a drive some evening to Clinton. As you exit I-20, you’ll head north on the Parkway. Topping the hill, you’ll see the college […]

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Mr. Palazzo, Devastation and destruction knows no politics

January 9, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Steve Palazzo is the Republican Congressman from the 4th district, aka The Coast. He followed Democrat Gene Taylor who served during Hurricane Katrina and spent much time and effort to get relief for his constituents after the massive storm. People who live on the Coast of Mississippi understand the grief of a storm. They’ve lived […]

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There’s gonna have to be a lot more straight shootin’ on Social Security and Medicare

January 3, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Did you catch Tom Coburn on “Face the Nation” during the holidays? Coburn is a Republican senator from Oklahoma. He also happens to be a medical doctor. This western representative is a straight shooter with sterling conservative credentials. He served on the Simpson-Bowles Commission and is well-versed in the federal budget. Unlike Paul Ryan, he […]

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TAKE 2: Bring it on — But the gun culture in America has got to change

December 17, 2012

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I read Nick Kristof’s column in the New York Times on Sunday. It was entitled, “Do we have the courage to stop this?” Kristof writes about common sense gun regulations in Canada and Australia that we might consider implementing. The first time the column below ran, I received some of the nastiest and scariest e-mails […]

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Remember, it’s only crazy if it doesn’t work

November 30, 2012

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Wonder what happened the first time someone said, “Hey, let’s build an ice skating rink in Madison?” Dead silence. Then, “Are you nuts?” Hasn’t that been tried before? Ice skating, ice hockey … do we think Mississippians will grab onto anything as exotic as ice, as long as it doesn’t show up in our glass […]

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There must be a better way to cast your vote for president

November 20, 2012

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I pay my bills online through my local bank account. When I want to make a deposit into my brokerage account, I snap a picture of the check on my phone. A click of a button and large sums of money move through cyberspace. I place investment trades online, and I shop online, inputting my […]

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State song no issue compared to pressing needs of Mississippi

November 12, 2012

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I grew up singing “Go Mississippi.” In fact, I learned to spell the state name by reciting “M-I-crooked letter, crooked letter-I-crooked letter, crooked letter-I-humpback, humpback-I.” While I have often heard of the tensions surrounding our state flag, I had never heard of the segregationist themes of the state song. And I really don’t care. Why do […]

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A little oversight from the state isn’t so bad

November 1, 2012

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It’s hug your regulator day! When I first started my business in 1993, I filled out the paperwork to become a registered investment advisor in the State of Mississippi. As a small start-up, I was put under the watchful eye of the Secretary of State’s Office. On three occasions, auditors showed up at my door, […]

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The process, which is what is important, is beyond reproach

October 22, 2012

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I am hopping mad! Jack Welch and others have taken to the air waves suggesting the latest economic data on jobs has been manipulated. They have no evidence, but that hasn’t stopped them from claiming that government information has been “cooked.” Such an accusation reveals an ignorance of the collection and calculation of such data […]

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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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