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Don Whitten

Post-election posturing already underway

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the national scene just over a week after Election 2012 and already sees both sides of the aisle saying this and promising that, and he wonders if there will be hands reaching across the aisles for the good of the country rather than the good of the parties. (November 16, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Secession petitions taking things a bit too far

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s a common response. Editor Don Whitten points to a new response – if you can’t beat ‘em, secede – that’s popping up around the country after the recent election, and he writes that it appears lots of folks apparently don’t recall their history lessons very well. (November 14, 2012, Page 4)

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      Learning the values of our coins

      Seeing a youngster get a lesson in the value of the change in our pockets and purses brought back memories to Editor Don Whitten of a time years ago when he unfairly used his knowledge of the value of coins in his elementary school’s “candy store.” (November 12, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Hamann claims state title; local teams in top 4

        BLOG: Lafayette High School’s Peyton Hamann posted a time of 15 minutes, 28.7 seconds to win the Class 4A girls’ individual cross country title Saturday afternoon at Choctaw Trails in Clinton. Hamann’s effort helped the Lady Commodores to a third-place team finish in the 4A girls’ competition, one of four top four team finishes by the teams from Lafayette and Oxford. The Oxford Chargers finished third in the Class 5A boys competition, while the Oxford girls and Lafayette boys finished fourth in their team competition.


        Saltillo swept the Class 5A boys’ and girls’ team competition to claim state championships. In Class 4A, the team state champs were Saint Stanislaus boys and Pontotoc girls.


        See Monday’s Oxford EAGLE for complete team and individual times and points for Oxford and Lafayette. (November 11, 2012)

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          Thank a veteran this weekend

          Veterans Day is Sunday and it’s time to seek out the veterans in your family, your neighborhood, your church, et cetera, Editor Don Whitten writes, to thank them for their service to our country and for giving us the rights we enjoy today. (November 9, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Jersey help may be dealing with accent issues

            Some 200 state troopers, including several from Mississippi and Louisiana, are in New Jersey helping with security and traffic control. Editor Don Whitten wonders about communication issues with those three states furnishing some of the most unusual – and different – accents. (November 7, 2012, Page 4)

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              Your vote matters – so cast it tomorrow

              There are those who suggest Mississippi’s votes don’t matter a whole lot. To that, Editor Don Whitten has a one-word answer: Hogwash! Reasons abound, Whitten writes, why you should exercise your right to vote Tuesday. (November 5, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Lots of work these days for ‘fact checkers’

                They were once known as research assistants and were pretty much limited to the publishing business. Now, Editor Don Whitten writes, they’re called “fact checkers” and they touch all parts of our lives, especially in an election year. (November 2, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  The changing of the seasons – when it’s nice

                  The transition from summer to fall is in full swing with leaves falling and temperatures dropping, leaving Editor Don Whitten to write about how the fall and spring offer beauty and mild weather as compared to the winter and summer. (October 31, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Grisham’s latest a real page-turner

                    Editor Don Whitten takes a look at best-selling author John Grisham’s just-released legal thriller, “The Racketeer,” a story about a jailed lawyer who fingers the killer of a federal judge to get out of prison and begin life in witness protection. It’s another page-turner, Whitten writes, and maybe one of the quickest reads of a Grisham work in several years. (October 26, 2012, Page 4A)

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