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In the crosshairs: Performance management may be our salvation

Only a passing glance toward Washington, D.C., is sufficient to remind us that the gathering fiscal storm clouds are becoming more ominous by the day. Yet, in Mississippi we still have to live with the lists and rankings that constantly remind us of the dire straights in which many of our citizens find themselves. The challenges for the incoming administration ...

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Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party: Any common ground?

It was bound to happen. Over the last couple of years the TEA Party has had such public areas as the Washington Mall and Capitol Hill virtually all to themselves. Their presence and enthusiasm served as living proof that the greatest government guarantee on the globe today – the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution – is alive and ...

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iSad — Jobs’ death affects all

Where were you when Steve Jobs died? I was browsing iTunes when I got a text on my iPhone delivering the sad news. Now I am writing this post on my Power Mac G4. The pundits are comparing the late founder and CEO of Apple Computer to Thomas Edison. Jobs’ friend and longtime colleague Steve Wozniak says he was like ...

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Healthcare changes are a-coming

Unless reversed through some miraculous political turn of events in the coming days, the era of Obamacare is getting closer at hand. Like it or not, here are a few major and minor adjustments to keep you abreast of what is in store for not only 2012, but 2013 and 2014, as well. And if you are an employer or ...

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If the economy stinks, why are so many folks at Disney World?

Ninety percent of Americans say the U.S. economy stinks. A CNN online poll shows that 72 percent think we’re heading into another recession. No surprises here. We’re all walking around with a cloud hanging over us. Doom and gloom is all I hear these days. Then, I attend a conference in Orlando, Fla. You know, Mickey Mouse, Magic Kingdom, family ...

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Unpeeling the Republican onion

Like it or not, the Presidential election campaign is upon us. It is quite amazing that the process of electing a President is now a two-year ordeal – fully half of a four-year Presidential term. As the trite saying goes, “it is what it is” so we all best get ready. The able staff of the Stennis Institute has prepared ...

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Press limitations kept the complete Troy Davis story from getting told

Savannah police perp-walked Troy Davis my first day on the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News metro desk back in August 1989. Just named the trigger-man in the shooting death of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail, the handcuffed young black man wore an illustrated T-shirt promoting “Turtles Records & Tapes,” a local record store. The future business journalist in me caused me ...

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Banks penalizing us for their idea … geez!

One Sunday morning, I opened my paper to find that my bank was instituting monthly debit card fees. What!?! Don’t they make enough off us? A new law caps the charges on debit fees. This is in recognition of the change in our system of exchange. I rarely have cash in my pocket anymore. Who needs it? I swipe my ...

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Companies ‘moving on up’

When a large company makes it known to the local community that it is considering relocating to another state or closing its facility the local public officials go into action. They figure out ways to offer incentives of every kind to keep the company in town. But what happens when a family decides to move out of town? Often, local ...

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