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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Congress

What’s it gonna take to end this cycle?

Editor Don Whitten writes about the recent settlement which ended the government shutdown and dealt with the debt ceiling, comparing the whole situation to a continuous loop much like the one Phil Connors had to live with in the movie “Groundhog Day.” (October 18, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to say that recent actions by the GOP were not compromise but actually extortion. (October 18, 2013, Page 4A)

Did you get the email from Warren Buffet?

Wow! A financial tip from Warren Buffett, the “Wizard of Omaha”? Nope, a chain letter about dealing with Congress from a Warren Buffet, with one “t.” Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the message many of you may have gotten recently. (October 14, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Brandon Presley writes to urge those who oppose allowing nuclear waste from other states to be dumped in Mississippi to contact their government officials. (September 4, 2013, Page 4)

Regardless of interest, student loans still an issue

There’s hope that Congress has reached a compromise that will keep the interest rate on student loans lower than expected, but the issue of college loans is still there. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the concern that two-thirds of college students have. (July 22, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Carina Lewis writes, in light of the recent raise in student loan interest rates,  about the value – and the cost – of a college education. (July 12, 2013, Page 4A)

Court: In some places, the past is past

Editor Don Whitten writes about the Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision concerning parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, agreeing with the majority of the justices who say that “current conditions” should determine who is still required to get preclearance from the Justice Department for district line changes and voting guidelines. (June 26, 2013, Page 4)

Term limits idea beginning to look better

Editor Don Whitten, long opposed to term limits, writes that he might be changing his mind about how long we allow members of Congress to serve. (May 29, 2013, Page 4)

Federal government not very popular these days

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at research numbers that show that people do not have a very favorable opinion of the federal government, regardless who which party they belong to. The interesting thing, Whitten notes, is that the feeling is different at the state and local levels. (April 24, 2013, Page 4)

Sequestration – finding some middle ground

Webster’s definition of sequestration seems a bit different than what’s being talked about these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a “political economy” definition and the wide range – depending on who you believe – of possible effects of sequestration. (February 27, 2013, Page 4)

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