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My government recognizes me – well, sort of

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes to show that his government does know who he is with the recent “prize” he received in the mail. (November 24, 2011, Page 4A)

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    We all need to help improve Congress

    Congress, according to national polls, isn’t doing a very good job at all these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the problem and how we, as citizens, can help improve production from our lawmakers in Washington. (October 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Harry Alexander writes to say that plans for a BMX track are just one example of how we’ve gotten off course as far as what the role of the government is, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank those involved with helping the Pantry help the community. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Brian W. Pray writes to give another thought about what the city – and county – should do with the windfall from the sale of the hospital, while Harley Garrett writes to say that the government has too much power and we should be taking it back. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          David Smith writes to take note of the ongoing conflicts between politicians with one side seeming to oppose the other regardless of the issue, and he urges all to drop their rigid ideology and work for the good of all. (August 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Patti C. Harris writes about the National Popular Vote pact and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other issues and wonders if all of the irreconcilable differences might mean that a divorce is best for America. (June 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Neither major party really gets it

              Local columnist T.J. Ray received a form letter the other day asking for contributions and support for one of our major political parties. That sparked Ray to ponder both major parties and how neither one completely fills most folks wish lists. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Patti C. Harris writes about true unsustainability, noting U.S. plans with taxes, programs, et cetera that have to be paid for by someone. (April 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Celebrate Madison, but also FOI pioneers, heroes

                  Guest columnist Jeanni Atkins, a journalism professor at Ole Miss and the executive director of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, writes about National Freedom of Information Day, founding father James Madison and the importance of freedom of the press as part of celebrating Sunshine Week. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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                    We’ll still be paying – just at a different level

                    Editor Don Whitten suggests a new political-oriented phrase for the times of today: “Politics sends trickle-down taxes to the locals.” He notes that it seems more and more like the taxes and fees are being passed down the line where they still have to be paid if we’re to receive services and benefits. (December 8, 2010, Page 4)

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