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Don Whitten

Enjoying when life slows down just a bit

Have you noticed the shorter lines – at stores, restaurants, four-way stops, et cetera these last few days. It’s that special time of the year when the University of Mississippi population drops for a couple of weeks and yet the local school children are still in class. It’s not something we’d want permanently, Editor Don Whitten writes, but it is a time to enjoy. (May 12, 2010, Page 4)

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    So how well do you know your ‘times’ tables?

    Have they changed the way youngsters are taught math, particularly the multiplication tables? Editor Don Whitten did an unscientific survey/study to see how well people knew their “times” tables and wonders if calculators and other modern tools have lessened how much time is spent teaching youngsters to learn – or memorize – their multiplication tables. (May 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Be wary when it comes to debt consolidation

      How many of you have seen or heard advertisements on radio and TV offering to help you deal with unwanted debt, credit card problems and high interest rates? Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people still use debt consolidation with the reputation it has, and then figures that hope is what people want even if it is just as costly or is ineffective. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)

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        College graduates and the job market

        A survey by Monster.com about jobs and earnings for college graduates doesn’t pain the prettiest picture for those graduating this spring. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the survey’s results and their application in the real world. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Everybody remembers turning 15, 18, 21, 30 …

          Editor Don Whitten writes about the notable birthdays we all celebrate, citing those we are anxious to have and those we dread showing up. A look at the milestone marks in life shows the divisions in time. (April 29, 2010, Page 4)

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            Kayla Gala one of most entertaining fundraisers

            It’s time once again for one of the most popular and entertaining fundraisers connected with Oxford High School – the fifth annual Kayla Gala. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the event which raises funds to benefit high school drama and theater students and departments and honor Kayla Sue Mize. (April 28, 2010, Page 4)

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              Complaining vs. counting our blessings

              While he agreed with the decision last week to postpone most of the Double Decker Arts Festival to Sunday, Editor Don Whitten admits that he still was complaining when looking for a parking spot before church. A trip through central Mississippi later that day that showed some of the path of destruction of several tornadoes and gave a different perspective on the inconveniences of changing Double Decker. (April 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Double Decker 2010 – weather gets top billing

                We just thought Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were headlining the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Since midweek, however, we’ve found that it’s really Mother Nature this year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the weather’s effect on the popular event and all of the scrambling local officials have done over the past 48 hours. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Is it time to swap “virtual” fences for real ones?

                  A few years back, the government decided to try “virtual fences” with radar, cameras and sensors along the border between the United States and Mexico. With illegal immigration becoming a bigger issue with each passing day, Editor Don Whitten wonders if lawmakers ready to swap virtual fences for real ones don’t have a pretty good idea. (April 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Who knew wonderful meals came in a can?

                    Reading a story about the last sardine cannery in the United States closing brought back memories of eating meat and seafood products out of a can for Editor Don Whitten. He writes about his dislike for sardines, but remembers fondly dealing with vienna sausages and potted meat. (April 19, 2010, Page 4A)

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