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OPINION: Be a voice, not an echo

It was hard not to be impressed last week as a group of prominent and accomplished state leaders shared the podium at the Mississippi Economic Council’s classy 60th-anniversary celebration that attracted 2,600 people at the spacious Jackson Convention Complex. One by one, they strode to the podium and shared remarks that relived events of the past, expressed appreciation for ongoing ...

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OPINION: ‘Pre-existing’ change another health plus

When executives of BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi announced it will remove the exclusion for pre-existing conditions for employees who work in companies with 50 or fewer employees, it sent a significant message. The corporate line is that the change, which is effective June 1, should broaden access to quality healthcare, make available innovative products, increase preventive visits and promote healthy ...

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OPINION: ‘Downtown’ feels good as new home

The response to a simple, but basic, question flows more easily today, even with a touch of pride. “Where’s your office?” is the inquiry. There are many answers, all good. • 200 North Congress Street, Suite 400, in downtown Jackson. • At the corner of Congress and Amite Streets. • Across from Smith Park. • Cattycorner from the back of ...

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OPINION: Message is good from Get Motivated! seminars

Whether or not you thought last week’s large and slick two-day Get Motivated! seminar here was a success likely depends on what you sought or expected. Downtown Jackson and its new jewel, the Jackson Convention Complex, certainly fared well, demonstrating the city and the facility can indeed attract, host and handle huge back-to-back events and related transportation issues with surprising ...

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Appreciation felt for legions who make EXPO great

Thanks. It is such a simple word, but as all of us learned by our kindergarten years, it is an important one, filled with power, gratitude and outright appreciation. It is also one appropriate for this space today. Our recently completed 26th annual Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO, held at the Mississippi Trade Mart, was a rousing success, mixing new ...

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What you might not have known about your legislators

Important, critical and sometimes controversial decisions that will impact us all by shaping the future of Mississippi are being made in the state capitol as the 124th legislative session moves into the third week of its 90-day session. Most of us know little about how those decisions occur or the people who make them. Here’s an attempt to shed light ...

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A dad’s annual letter to his son

Dear Grant, The past 12 months have almost been a blur. It seems that way each December as I attempt to capture the joys and milestones of another year together, as we count the blessings deeply enjoyed since your birth now more than six years ago and as we add a chapter of memories made more meaningful and precious by ...

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Christmas memories are a blessing

Pause for a moment with me today. Forget the last-minute schedule that may create a breakneck pace for the next several hours. Put aside that long list of things you still must do. Relax and enjoy. Take a deep breath. Allow yourself time to rediscover the beauties of a magnificent holiday season that enables us to share memories of significance. ...

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Jackson’s new convention center is impressive

City, chamber, civic and community leaders have spoken with a common theme. The new Jackson Convention Complex, by any definition they said, is going to be impressive. It is. And praise for the sprawling facility, set to host the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s annual meeting Jan. 14 as its first event, and to stage its own gala grand opening Jan. ...

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Business tips still good today

More than 20 years ago, I met a unique man. His name was Charlie Mouser and I liked him immediately. He was knowledgeable about his field, a loud talker with that wiry evangelist’s haircut. He worked hard, was at times gruff and always opinionated, angering listeners on occasion without a care. We hit it off just fine. He was a ...

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