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Paycheck envelopes a tad lighter this week

Have you gotten your first paycheck in 2013 yet? If so, you noticed it was smaller. If not, get ready for the drop. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the 2 percent payroll tax for Social Security that’s hitting all employees. (January 9, 2013, Page 4)

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    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)

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      Yes!

      Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates an imagined conversation with his mother as she gives him advice on overcoming lack of self-discipline, handling trials and tribulations, and earning what he wants during the upcoming year. (January 8, 2013, Page 4)

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        Charter school fears

        Education – and charter schools – will be a big subject for discussion and possible action in the state Legislature this session, and guest columnist Buddy Chain takes a closer look at some of the fears and concerns he has about substantially expanding the number of charter schools in Mississippi. (January 7, 2013, Page 4A)

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          How are you doing with those resolutions?

          Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? What, exactly, is the deadline? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at resolutions, comparing them to second chances at starting or stopping something. (January 4, 2013, Page 4A)

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            Expect more of the same in 2013

            Are things going to change just because we all had to get new calendars. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg’s column says that we should expect more of the same – usually a roller coaster ride of good, bad and in between in 2013. (January 3, 2013, Page 4)

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              Slower Traffic Keep Right

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at some of the questionable spending by the state. This time, he delves into road signs, their costs and their message. (January 3, 2013, Page 4)

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                ‘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)

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                  Educated predictions and out-right guesses for 2013

                  Editor Don Whitten, with apologies to “seers” like the late-Jeanne Dixon, takes a look at the upcoming year with some thoughts about things that might well happen in sports, education, government, et cetera. (December 31, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Ray Garrett writes to say that simple law changes and enforcement of current laws concerning convicted felons possessing firearms would go a long way toward helping with gun control – without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens. (December 31, 2012, Page 4)

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