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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Medicare

Letters to the Editor

Peter Kondos writes about the upcoming Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, and compares and contrasts the philosophies and goals of the two candidates. (June 18, 2014, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Jack Dunbar writes to say that Obamacare isn’t socialism, but rather fair play by requiring those now receiving uninsured health care services to pay their fair share. (October 7, 2013, Page 4A)

Different tax structure answer to IRS woes?

With all of the uproar about the IRS and some of its targeting practices, Editor Don Whitten wonders if this isn’t as good a time as any to consider alternatives to the current tax code and structure. (May 23, 2013, Page 4)

Discussing the cost of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi

David J. Dzielak, executive director of the state division of Medicaid, writes a guest column to give facts about the expansion of Medicaid and misconceptions about the cost of that expansion. (January 9, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Katrina Colston writes to give the other side of the Amendment 26 issue, going point by point to make her case in support of the amendment. (October 3, 2011, Page 4A)

Embrace assumptions and draw the wrong conclusions

It’s probably surprising the number of times we just assume that something we hear, read or think just isn’t that way. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a few of those assumptions you might get from just skimming the headlines, and warns that we need to watch our perceptions a bit closer. (April 14, 2011, Page 4)

Between a rock and a hard place

Smithsonian. Yosemite. Veterans. Educators. Poor. Sick. These are just some of the places and people who will be impacted directly if lawmakers in Washington can’t reach an agreement today to prevent a government shutdown. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the issue, including budget cuts that are being proposed. (April 8, 2011, Page 4A)

Questions – and unclear answers

Larry Csonka, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Steve Spielberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Donald Trump and, perhaps, many of you. What’s the common factor? Age, as all of those, plus some of you, were born in 1946 and will be eligible for Medicare sometime this year. Editor Don Whitten wonders about the future of Medicare and Social Security as Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 get ready to take their share from the programs. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)

Letter to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to take issue with recent letters to the editor, and he calls for letter writers to use less emotion and more thought. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)

We need our mom

Josh Turnage writes about his mother’s ongoing battle with breast cancer, including giving information about how a drug that has proved beneficial could become unavailable soon. In his guest column, Turnage asks for assistance to help the FDA decide to keep the drug available. (October 25, 2010, Page 4A)

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