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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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Marketing a challenge for small businesses

Marketing for a small business has always been a challenge, but with the advent of social networking, it’s now a lot cheaper. Anyone with access to the Internet can spread the word about a business. Most of the social sites are free and allow for instant access to hundreds, if not thousands, of potential customers. Start a Facebook page for ...

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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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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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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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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Wisconsin

I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but I’m imagining what it will be like when Wisconsin comes to Mississippi. Gov. Barbour has appointed a commission to “examine” the state retirement system, affectionately known as PERS. PERS is a defined benefit plan, aka pension plan. Its benefits are based on longevity, age at retirement, and salary. The State of Mississippi takes money ...

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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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Don’t like the results? Declare a do-over

A couple weeks ago, I spent a day cemetery hunting in South Mississippi with my dad. With the help of long lost relatives, we found The Granny Bounds Cemetery in the Desoto National Forest. There we found new markers for members of our family tree. It was stunning to see a marker for Running Deer, wife of Joseph Anderson and ...

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Political ads — gotta hate ‘em, right?

Election years are great for the ad business. Politicians spend huge sums on ad creation and placement. It’s a boon for local media outlets. But I hate it! Just seeing the mismatched, crooked collection of political signs on every corner makes me cringe. I can’t enjoy a quiet evening watching television without listening to some candidate declaring devotion to family, ...

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