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Lower fuel prices and a better economy?

Do you remember when gasoline prices started dropping and neared the $2 a gallon mark. Everything appeared promising. Little happened and now we’re being told the economy isn’t recovering as we thought — and gas prices are inching back up. What’s happening? What do we do? The answers are difficult to come by, but we know we have to find them and answer the challenge or we’ll continue to be at the mercy of big oil companies and oil-producing nations. (May 26, 2015, Page 4)

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    More vacations coming this summer?

    Are “staycations” a thing of the past with the economy improving and gasoline prices dropping? We think you will see more visitors to the community as well as more of us leaving for trips out of town this summer as people return to their vacation mode. (April 13, 2015, Page 4)

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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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