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Practical not the way to describe government

I’m getting ready to climb out on a limb. For the past few years, I’ve kept my mouth shut and listened to piles of manure being spouted by both sides. I’m not a small government or a big government person. I’m a reasonable government person. In fact, I’m just a reasonable person — practical to a fault. TARP makes me ...

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The Fed doing its job way it was meant to be

Hgh treason? Them’s fighting words! I must come to the defense of the Fed. The Federal Reserve was created in 1913 in response to the booms and busts in our economy. Booms were great, but the busts were causing too much pain. We were looking for a way to smooth out our business cycle, and this was the mechanism employed. ...

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Marketing your home for rent

In today’s real estate market many home sellers who must move are facing some tough choices. They can take a lower price for their property in the hope that it will sell sooner than later, they can wait in the hope that the market will improve or they can rent. For sellers who do not want to enter the world ...

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For whom the school bells toll

Amidst all of the turmoil and government bashing that has characterized our long hot summer, Mississippi educators have plodded on toward the beginning of yet another school year. Surely the phrase “do more with less” was memorized long ago by those who are charged with elevating our younger generation into national and international competitiveness with their peers. Once upon a ...

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Will technology kill the classroom experience?

Education is a business. And this business gets more competitive each year. Public colleges in the State of Mississippi are governed by boards. Each institution is limited to a certain geographical section of the state. The idea was to provide educational services to citizens in a particular locale. While private colleges don’t operate under these constraints, their very size limits ...

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Looking for a old lunchbox

As the first round of the 2011 primaries is in the books, things are very similar to what they might have been 40 years ago. While one party is packing up the campaign materials and anticipating taking the respective oaths of office, the other is looking for bright spots where it can find them. The only difference in now and ...

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Where are job creators we keep hearing about?

The moon is made of green cheese. The moon is made of green cheese. The moon is made of green cheese. I’m testing a theory that saying something enough times makes it so. It seems to be the way marketing (and politics) works. I’m so tired of hearing about “job creators.” Supposedly, these are the rich people who have the ...

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Rural libraries: The lifeblood of small towns in Mississippi

Recently I had the opportunity to visit eight libraries in rural towns in Mississippi during the course of one week. These libraries ranged from a two-room facility smaller than some master bedrooms to a full-service, modern library that offered a full range of activities for the community. Below are 10 things that I learned about rural libraries during that week. ...

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Visit Florida — where 6-Gun Territory is not a theme park

Something for which to be grateful: Mississippi has Garden&Gun (which, by the way, just won national acclaim for magazine excellence). My home state of Florida, on the other hand, has Parks&Gun (which, by the way, just won national acclaim for stupidity). I left the Sunshine State just after its passage of a “bring your guns to work law.” OK, you ...

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