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Local news Rinaldi


Report
by Peter Rinaldi
City hurts its citizens
As you may remember, more than 50
Natchez residents (styled as appellants Rene
Adams et. al.) have joined to together and filed
Grand Gulf’s nuclear power plant has been a lawsuit in Adams County Circuit Court, ar-
running at reduced or no power for months at a time guing that the Natchez Mayor and Board of Al-
since 2016. Concerns over safety and reliability dermen acted illegally when it gave the
have prompted shutdowns. Unplanned outages have General Hospital property to Magnolia Med-
occurred on a regular basis, forcing the Nuclear ical Foundation for development of senior cit-
Regulatory Commission to lower the plant’s safety izen apartments. The group is suing the city
rating. Now the facility is running at 18 percent ca- (mayor and aldermen) as well as Magnolia
pacity, which makes its operation unprofitable. En-
tergy owns 90 percent of the plant. Entergy has
Medical.
The Natchez Festival of Music and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life present
invested several hundred million dollars and hired “Cabaret Under the Dome” Jan. 17 from 7- 9 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel. The evening of Broadway For purposes of record, you should know
200 employees in recent years to try to improve the and opera classics will be performed by singers from across the South. The concert will be followed the brave citizens that have taken on the task
plant’s performance. Consumers should see higher by refreshments. Tickets are $15 and are available at natchezcabaret.brownpapertickets.com All pro- of fighting city hall. They include: Rene
electricity rates in the future, as the company strug- ceeds benefit the Temple B’Nai Israel Restoration and Preservation Fund. Adams, Robert Adams, Byron Aldridge, Linda
gles to keep the plant safe and efficient Bailey, Tom Bailey, Paul Benoist, Raymond
HHH

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Bonnette, Larry Buckley, Barbara Colwell, Bill
Constable Michael Kelly of Ferriday tried to Dale, Cammie Dale, Mary de Benedetto,
deliver a legal eviction notice in Oct. 2017 on a Fer- Amanda Eidt, Jacob Eidt, Jacqueline Biggs-
riday woman who had not paid her rent, Instead, Eidt, Kate Ferguson, Kaylin Frederickson,
four Ferriday police officers, Corey Hall, Jolanda
by John Stossel health care; it’s because Sarah Freeman, Vicki Fowlkes, Ed Gaudet,
Grayson, John Hawkins and Clarence Hawkins ar-
rested him and charged him with battery, home in- America needs single-payer health care, say fewer of them are fat; Tom Geoghegan, Bridget Green, Carolyn
vasion, damage to property and resisting an officer progressives. That’s a system where govern- fewer crash cars; and they Guido, Gary Guido, Stephen Guido, Lorraine
with force. All charges were later dropped. Now ment pays doctors and hospitals, and no sick shoot each other less Hampton, Richard Hess, Edward Killelea,
Kelly has filed a federal suit against the officers, the person has to worry about having enough often. “Take out (obesity), Jerold Krouse, Cindy Meng, Cheryl Peter-
town and the Ferriday Police Department, saying the money to pay for care. After all, they say, car accidents and gun vi- mann, John Petermann, Maureen Radzewicz,
defendants are liable for damages since they vio- “Health care is a “right!” olence, the difference in Dorothy Ranier, Matthew Riggins, Fred St.
lated the constable’s constitutional rights. Kelly also “Who pays for it?” asks Chris Pope, “And life expectancy disappears Clair, Helena St. Clair, Jim Sanders, Tamara
seeks compensation for the several days he spent un- that’s really not a rights question.” entirely,” Pope says. Scales, Josiah William Seibert III, Martha
justifiably in jail as a result of his false imprison- Pope studies health care systems for the Also, government-run Seibert, Stella Sharp, Elizabeth Swalm, Fran
ment.
HHH
Manhattan Institute. In my newest video, Pope systems save money by freeloading off Amer- Trappey, James Wade and Tabitha Wroten.
Adams County Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker explains that although many Americans think ican innovation. American drug companies, This group has put up their own money to fight
plans to retire from his job at the end of 2019. He that Canada and most of Europe have single- funded by American customers, fund most of the good fight, trying to force the city to act
has served in the post since 2007. The following payer systems, that’s not really true. the world’s research and development of phar- legally and responsibly.
people are considering a run for his job next year: “In Germany, employers provide most of maceuticals. New drugs and devices are expen- The city allegedly did not follow its own
Eva Givens, Jennifer “Lady J.” Minor, Charlie Vess, the health care ... just as they do in the United sive, so oftentimes in Britain, says Pope, “Request For Proposal rules.” Magnolia Med-
Daye Dearing and Ricky Warren. States,” he says. France and Switzerland also “whenever a new drug comes on the market ical’s proposal was accepted after the timeline
HHH offer multiple options, public and private, and that can save lives, the government just doesn’t for such acceptance had already passed. Mag-
Adams County Tax Assessor Reynolds Atkins most people buy private health insurance. have the funds to pay for it.” nolia Medical did not submit a certified check
will not stand for re-election in 2019. Atkins said he Some of the Swiss government subsidies are Patients, accustomed to accepting whatever of deposit for $5,000 as required. The proposal
wants to spend more time with this family. Atkins is
similar to those of Obamacare. government hands out, don’t even know about was supposed to include a business plan and a
credited with modernizing his office and bringing
professional assessment techniques to the job. He But Canada, England, Norway, Cuba and a advances available elsewhere. detailed financial plan. None was submitted
was first elected in 1995. His chief deputy, Michael few other countries do have genuine single- Single-payer systems also save money by and no resources for development were docu-
Pace, will run for the position. payer. I’m constantly told that it works well — rationing care. Hence the long waiting times mented. Magnolia Medical asserted in its pro-
HHH people get good care and never have to worry for treatments declared “nonessential” in posal, that its commitment was not binding, if
An Adams County couple were found dead, about a bill. They spend less on health care and Canada, Britain and, for that matter, at Ameri- it could not secure funding or the cooperation
huddled together in the cold, in a storage building live longer. can veterans hospitals. The VA’s problems are of the local community. No commitment of
on Kudzu Lane. Alice Marie Thomas, 65, and Tippie Pope says that claim is naive. similar to what’s happened in Britain’s Na- funding was included and so far, the local input
Proby Jr., 61, probably died from carbon monoxide They do live longer in many of those coun- tional Health Service. from local residents has been negative. There-
See News, page 8 tries, but it’s not because they get superior See Stossel, page 7 See Rinaldi, page 3

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Rinaldi cont’d. from page 1 their suit should be thrown out.


Filing to counter the motion for dismissal, Come In Now!
fore, by its own language, Magnolia Medical’s the appellant group cited Mississippi cases
application should be rejected by the city and
the court as well.
Additionally, the city’s deadlines for the
with similar circumstances, including one in
which the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled
that neighbors of the Natchez Pecan Factory
Pay 1 Month &
RFP do no match those advertised in the public could file suit and object to a transfer of the
notice. When the issue was brought up for a
vote in the aldermen’s meeting, it had not been
put on the agenda and lacked proper notice to
the public. The transfer of the property is not
property, since what happened to the factory
affected their lives, their properties and the
well-being of their neighborhood.
Judge Al Johnson ruled for the appellants,
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actually a sale under the city’s RFP, but rather denying Latham’s request for dismissal. The Great Prices on XBox, Pads, PS4, Laptops & Stereos
an illegal gift or donation from the city taxpay- judge said that clearly the citizen group does
ers to a private organization, an act prohibited have standing upon which to file its case. The
by law. aldermen voted to accept Joyce Arceneaux-
The resident group has put forward a com- Mathis’ motion to give Magnolia Medicals the
pelling argument that the RFP was handled im- contract and the property. Johnson said it was
properly and illegally. The city did not handle not a motion to negotiate further but a firm
its RFP under its own stated terms and the sale business decision.
was actually a gift and therefore illegal. As Latham had tried the phony-baloney pitch
such, appellants make a good case that the and failed. The city cannot win its case on
city’s award to Magnolia Medical should be merit since it has none.
overturned and rescinded by the circuit court. Mayor Grennell and the Board of Aldermen
City hall has also taken the absurd position prefer to award a financially unqualified com-
that it is better to argue this matter out in court, pany an illegal contract and spend tens of thou-
earning City Attorney Bob Latham huge fees sands of your tax dollars on a series of
to supplement his income, even though our unjustifiable legal claims to help ole Bob. The
leaders know they acted illegally. It’s a win-win method is crafty and unethical, based on a false Best Time
for Mr. Latham, whose filings, counter-filings, premise, that Magnolia Medical followed the
hearings, settlement talks, appeals, etc., will be RFP and that city government did, too. to Buy!
funded by the taxpayer. Anyone who tells you that Mayor Darryl
Latham counter-argued that the appellant and his allies on the Board are sincerely inter-
group could legally appeal the city’s decision ested in the welfare of Natchezians and the fu-
to award a contract, because the actual terms ture of the city should read carefully the public
of the contract had not been settled as yet. The documents filed with the circuit clerk on this
city said none of the appellants had submitted case. The pages reveal the same style of polit-
a proposal for development or have the ability ical intrigue used in the revamping of the city’s
to say they’ve been discriminated or disadvan- waste contract, which when exposed, showed
taged by the working out of an agreement with a dark and sinister side to city hall politics.
Magnolia Medical. Latham said the circuit Those machinations also cost ratepayers more
court should dismiss the case against the city than a 30% increase in garbage fees.
because of these conditions. He argued that the This administration tries to surround itself
appellants do not have “standing” and therefore See NEWS, page 5

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Staying on track with a rollercoaster income


by Mary Hunt you have a $10,000 month. Suddenly, in your monthly compensation — an amount that will the employee.
If you are among the millions of people in mind, you’re making $120,000 a year. Time to allow you and your family to eat and pay all As an employer, you
this country who don’t really know how or call the travel agent and book a European va- the bills after taxes. Let’s say, for example, you have to be stern and im-
when they will see another paycheck, chances cation! determine that amount is $4,000 a month. movable when it comes to
are you’re either unemployed or self-em- Does any of this sound familiar? You, the employer, need to take a long hard paying yourself. You, the
ployed. And now that I think about it, being Here’s the problem: People who live with look and then ask if the business can afford to employee, cannot write
self-employed can be a lot like being unem- what I call “mystery means” typically believe hire you, the employee, for $4,000 a month. checks for groceries and
ployed, except for an unemployment check. they can’t live according to a budget because (If not, you may be looking at more of a daycare from the business
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work in commission sales, the arts or some to live on from one month to the next. need to keep your day job while getting your cannot expect a raise
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know when, how or how much you’ll get paid fully self-employed, you need to change the yourself.) amount you have previously negotiated) on
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death but produce absolutely no income. Then and employer — and you must be able to move revenue, no matter how large or small, it must If you are careful and work harder than
a deal closes or you have a pretty good month, easily between those two roles. be deposited into the business account (not you’ve ever worked in your life, your business
and it takes nearly all of that money to pay last First, as the employee, you need to honestly your back pocket) from which you will pay the account will begin to show a healthy balance
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Rinaldi cont’d. from page 3 sides or many sides of an argument, but dis-
in an atmosphere of kind words, prayers, har- cussing policy or practice with leaders who are
mony speeches and an “all-working-together- basically not honest is a waste of time and
philosophy” that is often undercut by a trail of money. So the legal fight is on.
subterfuge and falsehoods. It has a distinctly Natchez remains in peril.
sneaky and underhanded way to maneuvers.
Witness the myriad and unjustified firings and Robust democracy
disciplinary actions taken against city person- With the new Buz Craft reform administra-
nel. This is just more of the same. tion fully in charge, changing the way Vidalia’s
In a time of our present crisis (the crime government runs, voters and taxpayers have
outbreak), the mayor and aldermen seem un- benefitted. Nearly all dealings are open and
likely to lead us out of messes. They will in- above board, submitted to the aldermen for dis-
stead create more. You cannot get good and cussion, rather than just the normal rubber-
capable leadership from people who lack a stamping that occurred in the Copeland days.
sound moral base, persons who don’t exhibit So far, Sabrina Dore, Tron McCoy and Tommy
ethics or embrace legality. They move from Probst appear to have formed the Anti-Buz
failure to failure. Coalition, aldermen willing to challenge almost
It’s often said that voters only have the every move of the mayor and his staff.
lesser of evils to choose from when electing of- This has its rewards, too, as the debates
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Rinaldi cont’d. from page 5 direction. This is the result of the work of
Mayor Craft, administrator Bill Murray and all
have been wide open, allowing voters to really the aldermen, both the loyalists and the oppo-
know what’s going on behind the scenes. Such nents. Budgeting is more careful and lawful.
debates have also revealed some of the foolish- Bookkeeping is more accurate and issues not
ness of the opposing actors, whose intellectual hidden. Personnel are required to be account-
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Stossel cont’d. from page 1 wonder whether this is more about spite than it
is about improving people’s health.”

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“In England,” says Pope, “rarely a week All of this doesn’t mean the system in the
goes by without a crisis or another in the health U.S. should stay as it is.
care system being part of the news. This year, Government already does too much here.
there was a crisis in emergency room care — People say America has free-market health
people left in hallways for hours and hours.” care, but we don’t, and we haven’t since World
Critics of U.S. health care say waiting in War II. Government and government-subsi-
line is better than getting no care, which is what dized insurance companies currently spend
happens to Americans who cannot afford to most of America’s health dollars. If politicians
pay. here really want to improve things, they should
But is that true? Pope points out that Amer- try letting the market function.
ica already has “over a trillion dollars a year in Let hospitals compete. Right now, state laws
public spending, really, to provide health care won’t even allow new private hospitals unless
to people who don’t afford it.” Also, American a regional board — often made up of people af-
emergency rooms treat anyone who comes in. filiated with already-existing hospitals — de-
By contrast, single-payer means taxpayers’ clares a “need” for a new one and it registers
funds are spent on everyone — even people with the American Hospital Association.
who can afford to pay for their own care. That Let insurance companies compete for your
means there’s less left for the truly needy. The business. American tax laws push workers to
affluent often escape government’s waiting employer-funded coverage. Equalize the tax
lines and treatment limits by buying private law and more individuals would pick the cov-
health insurance. erage best suited for them.
In Britain, millions of people purchase pri- Pope says, “If we move towards a health

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companies “out of business.” Why Government Fails — But Individuals Suc-
Hearing that, Pope replied, “makes you ceed.”

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An Adams County woman was attacked by two
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atrist Randolph Nesse on elderly people who Waller, and it describes how the person who
1. Go with the herd. If everyone else is buying it, it must be good, right?
regularly did generous acts for others in their has the least interest in continuing a relation-
Wrong. Investors tend to do what everyone else is doing and are overly opti-
lives is one of a number that find an association ship has the most power over it. (Modern re-
mistic when the market goes up and overly pessimistic when the market goes
between being a “giver” and increased life ex- search by sociologist Susan Sprecher supports
down. For instance, in 2008, the largest monthly outflow of U.S. domestic eq-
pectancy. Conversely, Nesse theorizes that the Waller’s theory.)
uity funds occurred after the market had fallen over 25% from its peak. And in
rising tide of depression in our society has roots Sadly, your boyfriend most likely has a set
2011, the only time net inflows were recorded was before the market slid over
in how disconnected many of us are, leading to opinion of your value, so your chances of get-
10%.1
a deficit in the level of kindness we evolved to ting more appreciation from him are probably
give and receive. blown.
2. Put all of your bets on one high-flying stock. If only you had invested all
Well, you’re set up perfectly to extend your- Ultimately, it’s important to work on your-
your money in Apple 10 years ago, you’d be a millionaire today. Perhaps, but
self for others — like by handing them a plate self so you’ll be worth any one’s time and effort
what if, instead, you had invested in Enron, Conseco, CIT, WorldCom, Wash-
of your gourmet chow. Consider using your to get.
ington Mutual, or Lehman Brothers? All were high flyers at one point, yet all
have since filed for bankruptcy, making them perfect candidates for the down-
wardly mobile investor.

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— and then lost their shirts in the ensuing bear market.

4. Sell when the market is down. The temptation to sell is always highest when
the market drops the furthest. And it’s what many inexperienced investors tend
to do, locking in losses and precluding future recoveries.

5. Stay on the sidelines until markets calm down. Since markets almost never
“calm down,” this is the perfect rationale to never get in. In today’s world, that
means settling for a miniscule return that may not even keep pace with infla-
tion.

6. Buy on tips from friends. Who needs professional advice when your new
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as good as his abs workout tips, you can’t go wrong.

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1 Sources: ICI; Standard & Poor’s. The stock market is represented by the S&P 500, an unmanaged
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News cont’d. from page 10 circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial District. She will
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for a low-interest loan to accomplish the work. Spring Orientation and Registration will be Jan. 3
Town fathers met and also approved a revised 2018 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Redd/Watkins Career-
budget with $176,000 in expenses and $6,000 in net Technical Center, Nelson Multipurpose room. New
operating income. Aldermen also authorized a 2019 students hear about campus services meet with ad-
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venile from Concordia Parish, were arrested by
Adams County deputies after the pair allegedly stole
two pickup trucks. The young men were captured
near Glenwood subdivision. Dunnigan remains in
jail and the juvenile was transferred to Concordia
Parish, where he faces other charges..
HHH
Concordia Parish School Board members and
administrators recognized outgoing board members
during a reception following their December meet-
ing. Marilyn Campbell was honored for her 20 years
and service and Cheryl Probst for eight years of
service. Absent from the meeting but still recog-
nized where outgoing board members Jeffrey Good-
man and Ronnie Bradford, each with four years.
Bradford’s wife, Carolyn, completed his term.
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Law enforcement and fire crews received re-
ports of a boat circling somewhat out of control near
the Vidalia side of the Mississippi River. Emer-
gency responders put their boats into the water to
find that a couple was simply enjoying themselves
boating on the river, despite the cold and drizzly
weather.
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In the Dist. 3 Jonesville runoff in December, in-
cumbent Josie Bullitts beat Curtis Lewis Johnson
115 votes to 64 votes for the town council seat.
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Jordan Johnson, 22, of Natchez, is being held
on a second-degree murder charge in the Catahoula
Parish Jail. Johnson is accused of shooting and
killing DaJohn Mitchell of Clayton at the Sugar
Shack club in Jonesville. Mitchell was shot multiple
times. Johnson was captured in Natchez by Adams
County deputies and was also charged with posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was
extradited to Catahoula Parish.
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Catahoula Parish deputies reported a break-in
at the Dollar General in Jonesville. A undetermined
amount of cash was stolen from the safe.
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Congressman Ralph Abraham, who repre-
sents Concordia, Catahoula and other east central
and northeast Louisiana parishes, said he plans to
run for Governor next year.
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The Natchez Garden Club will hold its
monthly luncheon meeting Jan. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at
Ellicott Hall. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. Olga
Longoria. Please make a reservation to attend by
calling 601-443-9065.
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Layne Taylor has resigned as director of
Natchez Little Theatre. The board of directors no
longer has the funds to pay a salary for the director
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