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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Don Whitten

Power brokers in Mississippi politics

Who’s the most powerful political figure in Mississippi? Gov. Phil Bryant? Sen. Thad Cochran? Or perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Editor Don Whitten writes about the privileges and duties of the lieutenant governor in Mississippi in making the point that Reeves is certainly near the top of the list. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

    Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

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      Bad winter weather much milder around here

      Bad weather is relative, Editor Don Whitten points out. People in the South are concerned about temperatures in the 30s with winds 10-20 mph on Thursday. In the Northeast, they’re worried about another big snow added on to the long winter and big drifts they already have. (February 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Brian Williams’ words may prove costly

        Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a new word in his vocabulary — conflating — and how it relates to NBC News anchor Brian Williams and his problems after apparently telling several different stories about an incident 12 years ago when he was covering news in the Middle East. (February 9, 2015, Page 4)

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          Approving an initiative can be a challenge

          Editor Don Whitten tries to explain the initiative process and requirements in Mississippi by making a comparison to a bill that would make the Monday after the Super Bowl a federal holiday. (February 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Take any, and all, precautions with the flu

            Editor Don Whitten urged readers, last fall, to get their flu shots. Now, back at work after an entended bout with the flu — that wasn’t stopped by his shot — he writes about taking any and all efforts to ward off the illness. (February 1, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Dealing with no-shows can be frustrating

              There are two sides to the no-show situation and both sides must be responsible. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how many businesses handle the issue as well as how one set of parents who put on a lavish birthday party. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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                What will the next budget pie look like?

                With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Beware of two scams that are popping up

                  Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a couple of scams — one involving jury duty and the other involving wage garnishments — that have popped up lately. (January 14, 2015, Page 4)

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                    If you could move, would you — and where?

                    While the Lafayette-Oxford-University community is known more as a destination than an exit point, there are those in other parts of Mississippi who would leave the state if they could. Editor Don Whitten looks at some survey results about which states have residents wondering about leaving and which states are the most popular destinations. (January 12, 2015, Page 4)

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