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Don Whitten

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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              Time to turn our attention to busy weekends

              With Tax Day almost behind us, Editor Don Whitten says it’s time to start turning our attention to less stressful and more enjoyable times. He suggests events coming up locally the next three weeks – Red-Blue Spring Game at Ole Miss, Double Decker Arts Festival, Relay for Life – and other ideas of what to get involved with. (April 15, 2010, Page 4)

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                Helping worthy causes good for you, everyone

                Editor Don Whitten notes how much cancer affects nearly everyone by pointing to his personal dealings with the disease, and then he urges people to get involved with helping their personal causes and concerns as he did last weekend by taking part in a fundraising car wash at Bramlett Elementary School. (April 14, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Rights – something to think about

                  Editor Don Whitten had a visitor drop by recently with a card that read, “The right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do,” and pondered about possibilities that he could have been pointing to, including the newspaper’s rights, the rights of government leaders and our rights in general. (April 12, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Dealing with that greenish-yellow dust

                    There may have been a slight reprieve with mid-week thunderstorms, but the pollen that coats everything and everyone at this time of the year will be back in full force. Where’s it coming from and what can be done about it? Editor Don Whitten tries to answer some of those questions. (April 9, 2010, Page 4A)

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