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Chaney pro-active

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has become something of an expert on an unlikely topic – creating a state health insurance exchange as outlined under the federal Affordable Care Act. The fact that a Republican elected official in Mississippi is among the national leaders in developing a plan to implement one of the key parts […]

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Thanksgiving ritual goes awry

Every year at Thanksgiving time we drive to the suburbs of Kansas City to spend the holiday with my sister, Donna, and her husband, Homer. It’s sort of a ritual. We do the same things every year. We arrive on Tuesday in time to get a late dinner at Houlihan’s, near where Donna and Homer […]

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Cleaning up our city

Another proposal designed to improve the look of New Albany is under consideration by the Board of Aldermen. Scott Dunnam, alderman at large, has asked the board to approve an ordinance to make it illegal to have upholstered furniture or mattresses sitting around on outdoor porches or patios. The ordinance would apply to furniture not […]

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Broadening horizons

We’re proud of the University of Mississippi and the way the Ole Miss administration and the great majority of its students have adopted the progressive views of a modern Mississippi and rejected the narrow, repressive ways of the past. That’s what makes the ugly incident on the campus election night so unfortunate. A group of […]

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Two magazines highlight week

It’s a big week here at the Gazette. We’re all a little tired, but a bit excited, too. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the election. After 45 years in the newspaper business, I don’t get too worked up about elections. Sometimes my choice of a candidate wins, sometimes he or she loses. […]

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Vigilance on schools

The 2013 Mississippi legislative session will not get under way until January, but already the state’s Republican leadership is beating the drum for raiding the public education treasury to create so-called charter schools. According to an Associated Press report, Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Republican legislative leaders appeared before hundreds of business […]

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Vote on Tuesday

Tuesday is election day across the country, but because Mississippi is not a “swing” state, we have missed (or been spared depending on your point of view) most of the national television ads in the presidential race. Mississippi, like most of the South, was penciled into the Republican column long before any nominee was selected. […]

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Chided into a birthday plan

We got a glimpse of what may be ahead for New Albany in a presentation this week at the annual meeting of the New Albany Main Street Association. The speaker was Kitty Dougoud, director of Historic Georgetown in Kentucky, where Toyota builds the Camry, Versa and other vehicles at a plant that has been open […]

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Population growth

We got a glimpse of what may be ahead for New Albany in a presentation this week at the annual meeting of the New Albany Main Street Association. The speaker was Kitty Dougoud, director of Historic Georgetown in Kentucky, where Toyota builds the Camry, Versa and other vehicles at a plant that has been open […]

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Sharing at Chritmas

Today the Gazette starts its 38th annual Sharing at Christmas push for money to help provide holiday help for families in need in Union County. Although the Sharing at Christmas program has been sponsored by the Gazette all these years, it really is about the community, not the newspaper. It’s about all those who provide […]

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