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EDITORIAL: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

If a community has jobs it can solve most of its problems. Northeast Mississippi’s unemployment statistics released this week offer an encouraging statement about the region’s economy, perhaps the strongest affirmation so far of a comeback after the Great Recession late in the first decade of the century. Northeast Mississippi had a 6.5 percent unemployment […]

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NANCY LOOME: Vouchers take limited education dollars

Dear Editor, Across the U.S. and in Mississippi, voucher programs have been a failure and a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. Nationally, research shows that children receiving vouchers to attend private schools perform no better than, and often worse than, their peers in public schools while diminishing resources for children being educated in public schools. […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: America’s nest, time for some to fly

    Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest. President Johnson’s Great Society is just over 50 years old. During this very long period America’s great society nest has become huge and yet crowded. President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Check the numbers

  Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteers need to answer the call

  Volunteer fire departments may be the best economic development tool ever created for rural communities. While there are many beautiful places to build houses in the country, banks are hesitant to loan money to construct a home unless the investment is covered by insurance. And while hardworking country folk can often afford the cost […]

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JOHN GAINES: Slackers surrender too easily to weather

Dear Editor, The leaders of or communities who choose to close schools, offices, city services and the like, on a mere rumor of typical Northeast Mississippi winter weather are pusillanimous slackers who set an example of mediocrity for or children to follow. Furthermore, local churches are equally culpable if not more so. Jesus Christ himself […]

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GLEN MOLLETTE: Setting a goal for 2016

We hear the same message a lot this time of year. Put the past behind. Look to the future. Let bygones be bygones. Make a new commitment. Claim the new you in the New Year. We determine to lose weight. We decide that we aren’t going to do some things.  Or, we decide to start […]

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EDITORIAL: Keeping the dream alive

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: My Chickasaw Journal job-jar

At my house we have a job-jar. It’s a jar filled with jobs Sara feels need tending to on the Ingram Plantation. We’ve had this system for the past 20-years. I wake up most Saturday mornings and pull out a job. When it’s finished I pull out another. The job-jar has never been empty. It’s […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Medical insurance is too expensive

  I felt like my insurance company wanted me out of healthcare when I received my new premium information for 2016. I paid over $1,600 a month for my wife and I to have medical insurance in 2015. Last fall I learned my current policy would increase to over $1,950 per month.  I had the […]

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EDITORIAL: Water work

Everybody wants the rules and regulations to be applied equally, until it comes to their money and their family. The Houston Board of Mayor and Aldermen has seen this happen for years with people unhappy with a monthly water bill. Last year the city was approached by a customer wanting the city to reduce their […]

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SONNY SCOTT: Leading by example takes energy, intellect

Gave up on sleep about 1:30 this morning and retired to my version of a Man Cave – an out-building equipped with computer, 50 years’ collection of books, memorabilia and a DVD player. Not being of a mood to engage in heavy thinking, I chose a “Trains Magazine” DVD production on coal trains of the […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Good start to a new year

A long look at Chickasaw County shows we have several good things going on around here that we hope will bear much fruit in the coming year. The city’s effort to develop infrastructure, Tanglefoot Trail, rising sales taxes and falling unemployment are just a few of the headlines we saw last month. So let’s take […]

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EDITORIAL: The good newspaper

  The good newspaper should be a catalyst in its community, oiling the efforts of widely varying groups to achieve a reasonably smooth, balanced flow of progress. It seeks to provide coherence to scattered and sometimes conflicting objectives, enabling its community to get a better view of priorities and ways in which joint efforts may […]

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