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Mississippi benefiting from new Farm Bill

October 20, 2014

During the month of October, scenes of hard-working farmers bringing in the year’s harvest are commonplace in Mississippi. More than 42,000 farms populate our landscape, growing commodities such as poultry, catfish, cotton, corn, soybeans, and peanuts.

State, Ole Miss could tie

October 17, 2014

Every October something interferes with that perfect Saturday mid-afternoon sail on the reservoir. This year I was glued to the TV watching the State-Auburn game.
As much as I detest trading an indoor activity for an outdoor activity, this was a historical event and I was compelled to watch.

Judicial candidates raise $1.44 million

October 16, 2014

The 55 candidates running in 24 contested chancery or circuit court races in Mississippi have raised a combined $1.44 million for their campaigns.

Mississippi’s recent football success may trigger ‘Flutie Effect’

October 15, 2014

Back in 1984, diminutive but gritty Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie heaved a desperation “Hail Mary” pass to wide receiver Gerald Phelan to give BC a 47-45 win over defending national champion the University of Miami. It ranks in the minds of many as one of the most memorable and unlikely moments in American sports history.

Who’s knocking on the door?

October 14, 2014

Ronald Reagan allegedly said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” A friend heard a similar greeting one morning when answering a surprise knock at his door. He sent an email detailing what ensued.

Take charge of your money

October 13, 2014

Wow! Fantastic! Extra money! I can finally go buy those cowboy boots I want. Those boots whose name begins with an “L” ends with “e” and sounds like a crime family’s name (Hint- U Casey?).

The beauty of tax-deferred growth

October 10, 2014

In a recent conversation with a client, it occurred to me that I tell people to take advantage of their retirement accounts — 401(k), Roth IRA, Traditional IRA and other retirement accounts — whether or not they receive an employer match, but other than “because I said so,” where’s the proof of the “why”?

The Greenwood Commonwealth on education

October 9, 2014

Elected officials in Mississippi have grumbled for years that “unfunded mandates” from the federal government — when Washington orders states to do something expensive without providing extra money to pay for it — create serious problems for budgets.

Grading Mississippi widgets

October 8, 2014

We’re number three.

Change or more of the same?

October 7, 2014

In less than a month Americans will vote either to begin changing Washington or to maintain business as usual. Polls show President Obama’s approval ratings not only at their lowest levels, but lower than George W’s approval ratings at his lowest point.

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