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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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No data to back up story’s statement

W. Edwards Deming said, “God can have opinions; everyone else should bring data.” I opened my MBJ Bulletin e-mail last week and read the column from Amy McCullough entitled “Why Businesses Are Not Expanding.” The second sentence states unequivocally, “Regulatory uncertainty is the reason many businesses are afraid to expand.” Really? Then I search the article for the irrefutable evidence. ...

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Economy worries keeping you awake?

What keeps you up at night? For many of us, sleepless nights are the result of financial worries. A new Gallup poll asked Americans to rate those financial woes. At the bottom of the list is the worry about paying our credit card bill. Since 2008 many have cut down and cut up credit cards, reigning in those balances. In ...

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Paying a fair share of taxes only, well, fair

So, I heard that 45 percent of tax filers pay no federal income tax. NONE! 45 percent! Now, that makes me mad. After all, I pay a boat load of taxes every year. I don’t mind paying my fair share. I just want to make sure everyone else is anteing up, too. So, I began a search to find out ...

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It’s time to figure out your retirement?

Do you know how much is in your 401(k)? What about your spouse’s balance? What is your contribution rate? How much is your spouse contributing? Clueless on all counts? You’re not alone. Fidelity surveyed 401(k) participants and found that half didn’t know what was in their very own retirement account. Only 37percent of husbands know what’s in their wives’ accounts, ...

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Good people deserve good health insurance

I’m 52 years old. Understand that I don’t usually like to reveal my age, but this is such an important issue that I’m willing to give it up and reveal my driver’s license, birth certificate and wrinkle cream. Health insurance is a big deal for me. My first husband died of cancer at 34. Thankfully, he was a General Motors ...

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Mississippi’s cupcake craze

Cupcakes are selling like hot cakes. The low price of these decadent pick-me-ups is attracting consumers. Or maybe it’s the baby boomer nostalgia factor. Or the appeal of trading a pint of ice cream for a pint-sized treat with half the guilt. Who knows. Mississippi is finally following the trend that was started by New York City’s Magnolia Bakery in ...

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Perception can be the toughest foe to fight

Over the Fourth of July weekend, we traveled to Gulfport to see my family. Barbecued chicken, desserts galore and an evening spent watching fireworks on the beach completed the tradition. Just two weeks before, we had been on the Alabama Coast. We walked on the beach looking for tar balls, finding only a few. We were impressed with the clean-up ...

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A penny a pound: Just how deep are BP’s pockets?

Best quote from the Gulf oil spill coverage? When asked what he thought of the CEO’s comment about the “small people,” the Orange Beach mayor said, “I don’t care what they call us, as long as they send the checks.” The real question is, “Will they bounce?” BP has been ordered to establish a $20-billion trust fund to cover claims. ...

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Get retirement plan ready or die early

The idea of retirement, much less a plan to cover it, is a modern one. In most countries, Grandma just moves in with you when she can’t support herself anymore. General Motors started the first private retirement plan in 1950 in the United States. It was a defined benefit plan, also known as a pension. Since then, U.S. employees have ...

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