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Soldier looks at 1962 from different perspective

Researchers, historians, Ole Miss professors and James Meredith himself have all written books about Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi and the accompanying violence. Editor Don Whitten points readers to yet another view – former military policeman Henry Gallagher’s just-released book detailing what he saw and experienced in Oxford in 1962-63. (September 28, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Pat Lamar a true servant for Oxford

    Editor Don Whitten writes about Pat Lamar – the mayor, the community activist, the visionary and, perhaps most importantly, the wife, mother and grandmother. (September 26, 2012, Page 4)

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      Procrastination can have ill effects

      Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “Nver put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Mark Twain countered with: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the conflict and issues that procrastination can cause for everyone involved. (September 24, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Getting ready for important family celebrations

        There are big family-oriented events and celebrations we all take part in – weddings, births, christenings, reunions, anniversaries, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at two he and his families are taking part in – over the course of one weekend. (September 20, 2012, Page 4)

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          There’s the truth and then there’s the truth

          “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Can we or should we expect our politicians to follow those guidelines? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that question in light of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent comments about those who don’t pay any income tax. (September 19, 2012, Page 4)

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            County officials craft solid budget

            Editor Don Whitten praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and all of the county officials and department heads who worked together to come up with a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that allows the county to actually lower its millage rate. (September 17, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Oxford officials deserve praise for budget work

              Editor Don Whitten passes out kudos to Oxford’s mayor, aldermen and department heads for their work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, noting they’ve been able to spend money well and raise salaries without raising taxes. (September 14, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Late ‘My Oxford’ contributors get second chance

                Have you written and submitted your story for “My Oxford,” the e-book being put together to commemorate Oxford’s 175th birthday? Editor Don Whitten admits he hasn’t, but he writes about the opportunity offered to everyone  by book organizers to still get in stories. (September 12, 2012, Page 4)

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                  9/11 – A day to remember and to serve

                  It was a Tuesday. Eleven years ago. Just like tomorrow, Sept. 11. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at the terrorist attack on our country, how we’ve moved forward since 2001 and how we’ve channeled a lot of action into the national Day of Service and Remembrance. (September 10, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Small computers, hand-held phones? No way!

                    Technology, while wonderful, is often so much more than we ever expected. A few decades back, no one imagined laptop computers, smart cellphones, the Internet explosion, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten writes about some of the changes that have affected the newspaper world that he’d have never dreamed off during his early days as a reporter. (September 6, 2012, Page 4)

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