Vicksburg Post vs. Beacon Hill Institute

The Beacon Hill Institute of Boston rated Mississippi dead last among the 50 states in terms of competitiveness when attempting to attract new businesses. The Vicksburg Post in a Sunday editorial took issue, claiming the study was a “hoax.” In a Letter-to-the-Editor printed in Wednesday’s Post, David G. Tuerck, Executive Director of BHI, challenged the Post to disprove its findings, saying “…I’m sure that you’ll want to expose our little hoax in detail. You’ll want to tell us just how we rigged the data to get our preconceived results. If not, then I’m also sure you’ll want to print a retraction. That is, unless respect for the truth no longer commands the respect that it once did down your way.”

It will be quite interesting to watch the Post for its reaction, for its defense of its charge, or a retraction thereof.

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Published in: on November 30, 2008 at 5:36 pm  Comments (2)  

Will the USA suffer another depression?

Richard Russell, a very respected publisher of the “Dow Theory Letters,” thinks so. In his snippet, “The Never Ending Search for Gold,” read of his experiences growing up during the last depression.

http://www.321gold.com/editorials/russell/russell111008.html

What’s your opinion?

Published in: on November 9, 2008 at 9:39 am  Leave a Comment  

New TV Station features locally produced shows!

Paige Caldwell, fresh from Mississippi State with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and her new husband, Steve, a local entrepreneur with family roots deep in Vicksburg, will soon bring commercial TV to Vicksburg.

Their first show is planned to focus on local real estate and is to soon be followed a regular interview format where local civic, business, government, church and social leaders will be invited to inform Vicksburg Video cable subscribers on their organizations or projects.

YLTV (Your Local TV) Vicksburg, the local ID for the shows on channel 88, is part of an expanding Mississippi network of StogMedia, a Jackson, Ms. based national cable network focusing on local ‘cable-captive’ TV stations. Others in Mississippi are Natchez, Brookhaven/McComb, Hattesburg/Laurel, Gulfport, Biloxi, Meridian and Jackson metro.

The company has affiliates coast to coast.

Charlie Stogner, StogMedia CEO, says he is elated a young couple fresh from college will be pioneering in establishing the equivalent of a commercial TV station at Vicksburg.

He says Paige’s recent college training combined with Steve’s computer and networking background will enable them to be on the leading edge of using new technology to bring local commercial TV to Vicksburg.

Stogner reports StogMedia is considered a pioneer in the use of Internet technology in the delivery of local TV to cable providers instead of satellite. He says even with low bandwidth YLTV/Vicksburg will soon be able to air ‘live’ events.

Paige says she’s eager to get started and expects to have other local shows developing as soon as the real estate show gets underway. She is originally from Gautier, Ms.

The first episode of “The Vicksburg Home Show” is set to air November 8^th at 9:00 AM with a repeat at 2:00 PM. For more information email paige@yltv.tv <mailto:paige@yltv.tv> or call 662-312-9202.

 

Steve Caldwell
YLTV
C3 Technologies
601-415-3131
steve@srcjr.com

Published in: on November 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm  Comments (5)  

Can Vicksburg support a fifth casino?

Riverwalk Casino, Vicksburg’s fifth, is on the verge of opening. Obviously, the owners felt that the local market could support its operation, else it would not have been built. Also evident is the fact that a county with a population of only 52,000 cannot support five casinos – there has to be an influx of gamblers from other parts of Mississippi, Louisiana, and other states. With the economy in dire straits there will have to be an intensive marketing effort for all to succeed, else one or more of the casinos may be forced to close. What’s your opinion of the future for Vicksburg’s casino industry?

Published in: on October 29, 2008 at 10:24 am  Comments (9)  

Movies return to Vicksburg

Wilcox Theaters is in the process of renovating the old Pemberton Square Theater with intentions of opening a four-screen theater in November. That’s the good news. The bad news is this: the prior theater on that site closed due to a number of factors, one of which was the presence of the rowdy crowds that gathered there, producing an unsafe atomosphere that most people preferred to avoid. Can the new theater avoid such? Time will tell.

Published in: on October 18, 2008 at 9:26 am  Comments (5)  

Entergy expects increased profits

So read the headline in the Vicksburg Post. While Mississippians are being forced to pay much more for their electric service, Entergy’s profits are soaring. Is this fair to consumers? What’s your opinion?

Published in: on July 20, 2008 at 8:18 am  Comments (6)  

Vicksburg’s favorite restaurant

Some have opened, some have closed since our last survey. What’s your favorite nowadays? Which are the most/least expensive? Which have the best/worst food and service? What kind of new restaurants does Vicksburg need? Where? You may want to use an alias to comment on this one.

Friends of the VNMP

A new organization, The Friends of the Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign, is dedicated to raising funds for the restoration of monuments in the VNMP. For more information, visit their site at

https://www.friendsofvicksburg.org/

The site has a photo and description of most if not all the monuments in the VNMP and at other locations in Vicksburg!

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm  Comments (1)  

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION!!!

CAN ANYONE GIVE ME A LEGIT EXPLANATION FOR HAVING THE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS DOWNTOWN INSTEAD OF PUTTING IT BEHIND THE CITY JAIL. SO TOURIST AND LOCALS DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID WHEN THEY WALK ONTO THE 1200 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON ST.

Submitted by Mark Doyle

Published in: on March 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm  Comments (1)  

WHERE ARE THE QUALITY JOBS IN VICKSBURG?

WE SEE ALL THE NEW HOUSING CONSTRUCTION IN TOWN AND IT MAKE U WONDER, WHERE ARE THE JOBS FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN THESE HOMES. PEOPLE ARE LOSING THE HOMES THEY ALL READY HAVE AND PEOPLE DECIDE TO BUILD MORE? IT DOESN’T MAKE SINCE WITH A BANK AND CONVIENT STORE ECONOMY…

Submitted by Mark Doyle

Another interest rate cut… and more dire consequences?

In a speech Thursday, January 10, 2008, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke promised to aggressively lower interest rates in order to boost prospects for the economy. After his talk, stocks briefly soared, and gold hit a record high of $890/oz. Friday morning, more bad news regarding the financial institutions sent the market sharply lower – but gold and silver kept climbing.

 

As you may remember, the following was posted on this forum back in September, 2007:

 On Tuesday, 9/18/07, the Federal Reserve cut the federal funds rate and the discount rate by 50 basis points (1/2%). The immediately obvious effects were a surge in stock, oil and gold prices. But what will be the long-term effects? A number of observations and postulations may be made, any one of which is subject to rebuttal: Having “bailed out the big boys” (large banks, financial concerns, mortgage companies, corporations, and possibly some home buyers), the move will also cause the value of the dollar to drop and inflation to increase.Gold, oil (gasoline), and other commodities will go up in price due to the effects outlined in item 1.The standard of living of the elderly and others on fixed incomes will suffer.Prices of nearly everything you buy at Wal-Mart and at the grocery will increase.The working man will be least affected since wages will increase along with inflation; his standard of living will suffer, but a bit less so than the elderly.The rich will get richer as the poor get poorer.Foreign holdings will begin to buy even more of the USA – real estate, corporations, etc., as they become cheaper in foreign currency terms.Foreign countries will be less inclined to buy US Treasuries, exacerbating the drop in value of the dollar. Should they decide to sell substantial amounts of dollar-denominated securities, all hell could break loose.The dire consequences of the Federal Reserve’s foolish manipulation of interest rates over the past decade may be delayed, but not prevented. 

The above observations are now truer than ever, for chances are good that the Fed will lower rates another 1% – 2% during the next few months, and inflation will soar. What can you, here, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, do to protect your assets and ensure your survival? Should you get out of debt, or borrow all you can? Should you buy only what you need, recycle everything you can, and stock up on necessities? Should you move to cheaper living quarters? Should you plant a vegetable garden, or, better yet, buy some land for a homestead? Should you invest in common stocks, commodities, foreign currencies, real estate, and gold, or hoard your cash?

 

Your observations are invited.

Junior Auxiliary playground – a community project

The Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg is planning to build a state-of-the-art playground near the Art Park on Catfish Row. The entire community is being asked to help with the fundraising and to supply the labor to build the playground.

Believe it or not, the project will be completed in only five days, during the week of April 2-6, 2008.

The Junior Auxiliary invites you to join with them in supporting the project with a tax-deductible donation and/or by volunteering your services for the five build days.  There will be a permanent plaque at the playground to recognize component buyers and contributors of $1,000 or more.

A representative of the JA indicates that they will need 1,000 volunteers over the five days. Construction skills, though of great value, are not mandatory, for they have places for everyone.  They will provide childcare at the Jackson Street Community center during the days of the build so that volunteers can help serve food, check people in at the volunteer table, or even help with childcare.  If you would like to sign up, e-mail your contact information (name, address, phone numbers) and you will be contacted to determine specific days and times you may be of help. It is not necessary that you work the entire week; even an hour or two will be of benefit to the project. Details and contact information are on their website, www.playgroundatcatfishrow.org.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 12:39 pm  Comments (2)  

Vicksburg eateries: a decade of difference

There was a time not too long ago when the quantity and quality of restaurants and cafes in Vicksburg left much to be desired. Some may still feel that this is true, but there has certainly been an improvement in numbers and variety. Share your experiences with the good, the bad, and even the ugly among our city’s epicurean offerings. And if you prefer to dine in Jackson or another nearby town, share that as well. We may all eat better and wiser (and maybe cheaper?) after hearing from you.

Published in: on September 30, 2007 at 9:56 am  Comments (36)  

Where do you shop?

There have been quite a number of comments regarding the shopping experience here in Vicksburg versus that in Jackson and Monroe (among others). Where do you shop, and why? If you had it within your power, what would you do to make people want to shop in Vicksburg instead of traveling to other cities?

Published in: on September 11, 2007 at 11:33 pm  Comments (8)  

Miss Mississippi 2007 – 47 to 1 odds

Kimberly Nicole Morgan was selected as Mississippi’s Miss Mississippi 2007 Saturday night here in Vicksburg. She will no doubt represent this state with the grace, charm and wit that has been conspicuous in all our other Misses Mississippi. The other 46 contestants were likewise abundantly capable of representing our state. But they all can’t win. Miss Morgan was the judges’ favorite. Most people have their own favorite picked out well before the final vote. Just for the sake of curiosity, if you had been a judge, would you have decided as they did, or would you have picked a different contestant? Why?