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Support clean air

The danger from second-hand smoke is real, and several groups are pushing legislation to ban smoking in all public places in Mississippi. We support the legislation, not only because we support a healthier lifestyle, but also because second-hand smoke is such a health problem for employees of establishments that permit smoking. This week Union County […]

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Huffman’s promotion

James Huffman will be a tough act to follow at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Huffman, the administrator at our hospital for the past five years, has been promoted to the same job at the rapidly growing 339-bed hospital in the Baptist system in DeSoto County. Based on his handling of the job here in Union […]

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Banning pit bulls

The city of New Albany is considering a permanent ban on pit bulls within the city limits. We are opposed to this proposal. We don’t think the city has any business telling individuals what kind of dog they can have as a pet. That doesn’t mean we are not concerned about vicious dogs, but vicious […]

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Barbour’s museum

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s request for the legislature to move ahead with establishing a state civil museum is a good one. The question is how to pay for it? The state, unlike Alabama and Tennessee, has no major civil rights museum to commemorate a significant, albeit tragic and unfortunate, period of the state’s history. Tourists […]

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Analyzing dirty water

New Albany has begun a long-needed analysis of the problems and possible solutions associated with the city’s reputation for dirty water. Bill Mattox, the new head of the Light, Gas and Water Department, is looking into the problem that has plagued city residents for many years. At a meeting of the Board of Aldermen last […]

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No rules for rentals

The defeat of a plan to establish minimum standards for rental housing in New Albany is a significant step backward in the effort to improve our community. The Board of Aldermen vote was 2 to 3 on the proposal that would have set  standards for habitation and given the city building inspector the authority to […]

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An agenda for progress

We take pride in providing the news in an objective fashion in our news columns. But here in this space we offer our opinion, and provide space in our Letters to the Editor column for yours. As we enter 2011, we want to let you know where we stand on important community issues. We support: […]

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Toyota and tobacco

The decision by Toyota Motor Manufacturing to implement a totally tobacco/smoke free campus at its new Union County facility is somewhat surprising given the number of Mississippians who smoke or chew. The company announced this week that the Mississippi manufacturing plant will be the first Toyota plant in North America to become totally tobacco/smoke free. […]

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Honoring Mr. Gault

The election of Bobby Gault to the leadership ladder of the Mississippi School Board Association brings recognition and honor not only to Mr. Gault, but also to the New Albany School District and to our city. Gault, who has been a member of the New Albany School District Board of Trustees since 1976, was elected […]

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Have a safe holiday time

Holiday party season is here and at many parties there will be beer, wine or liquor. So, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that if we drink, drink responsibly. Don’t let that beer or glass of wine with dinner turn into more than that, and a blood alcohol content that could impair your driving. […]

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