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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Still trying to figure out Affordable Care Act

Most folks believe all deserve affordable health care, and most want and hope that the Affordable Care Act works. Editor Don Whitten sees some good things about the national program but still wonders about its viability in light of recent suggestions that many workers may opt to work less or retire early because they can get cheaper healthcare that must be subsidized somewhere. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

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)

Letters to the Editor

Lena L. Ward writes to say that Mississippi lawmakers need to stay away from making changes to the public employees’ retirement system (PERS) in Mississippi and concentrate on creating more jobs within the state. (January 21, 2013, Page 4)

‘Fiscal cliff’ game goes down to the wire

The biggest game over the past four or five days wasn’t in the NFL or NCAA; it was in Washington as government officials played the “Fiscal Cliff” bowl. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the game, picking out some highlights and some good and bad plays. (January 2, 2013, Page 4)

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)

Letters to the Editor

Syl Moorhead writes to take a look back at the 1938 midterm elections and draw parallels with the recent 2010 midterm elections. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Doug Fancher writes a response to a recent letter by Harley Garrett discussing the Health Care bill and other issues. (April 5, 2010, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Harley Garrett writes to remind citizens if they don’t like the change that’s going on in the country today, then they should take advantage of their personal weapon – their vote – to do something about it. (April 1, 2010, Page 4)

Don’t Be So Judgmental!

Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at government, politics and politicians through the eyes of a judge. The judge’s criticism off all going on in the country might make you wonder a bit. (March 23, 2010, Page 4)

It’s time to fill out those Census forms

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a sample form of the U.S. Census for 2010 that will be arriving in your mailbox any day now. It’s the short, simple form that ads have promoted, and Whitten suggests filling out the important form as a family. (March 15, 2010, Page 4)

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