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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Lower gas prices mean more spending money

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at dropping gas prices — it’s below $3.00 per gallon locally and down in the $2.70s in nearby towns — and how the money not spent on gasoline might turn out to be the key to boosting the economy. (October 20, 2014, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    James N. Busby writes to say that the North American Free Trade Agreement has not done what was expected and should be renegotiated. (April 17, 2014, Page 4)

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      Our industry is strong, but we must innovate, adapt

      Remarks made earlier this year by Mississippi Press Association President James E. Prince III are being run as a guest editorial in today’s EAGLE. Prince talks about the newspaper industry, its relevance and its future. (December 2, 2013, Page 4A)

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        Can Detroit show, lead the way again?

        Detroit isn’t the first city to seek bankruptcy protection. And it won’t be the last. Editor Don Whitten looks at what led to Detroit’s decision and what it might mean for other struggling cities and counties around the country. (July 24, 2013, Page 4A)

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          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)

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            CPI: Important, but hard to figure out

            The Consumer Price Index numbers were released earlier this week. So what makes up the CPI and what does it really mean. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the CPI, how it’s determined and what it – supposedly – says about the country’s direction. (July 19, 2013, Page 4A)

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              Medicaid expansion – an investment worth making

              Mississippi is, for a number of reasons, the unhealthiest state in the union. And with that condition, there’s poverty and the effect it has on paying for health care. News Editor Jonathan Scott looks into one option – expanding Medicaid – that seems to be a no-brainer when it comes to helping the needy in the state. (May 9, 2013, Page 4A)

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                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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                  Empty mailbox on Saturday – what will we do?

                  Barring a possible backlash from Congress, it appears Saturday home delivery of mail will end this summer. Editor Don Whitten looks at the joys of Saturday trips to the mail box and wonders if we can come up with a way to keep it going. (February 8, 2013, Page 4A)

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                    Stupidity

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls the story of Atlas and Hercules and of Ayn Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged,” and relates them to economic stability – or unstability – in today’s world. (August 28, 2012, Page 4)

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