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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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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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Costs, impacts of incentive deals

“Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the Legislature to approve $175 million in incentives for California-based Calisolar and start-up HCL CleanTech to open facilities in Mississippi — projects expected to create direct jobs for 1,800 people.” Clarion-Ledger, Sept. 1, 2011 When this writer read that sentence he immediately got out a calculator and did the math. The incentives came out to ...

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Living as part of the ‘in-between’ generation

I grew up in the 60s and 70s in South Mississippi. Our house was in one of the new subdivisions of modest homes. Of course, it was segregated. I remember going to Dr. Benefield’s clinic and waiting in the whites only portion. I noticed another room beyond the partition, but I was clueless about the reason for the separation. On ...

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