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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Jackson Avenue crosswalk idea needs another look

We’re not convinced at all that a crosswalk across East Jackson Avenue near the ongoing Jackson Row project is a good idea for drivers or pedestrians traveling the busy Oxford street, and we urge city officials and leaders to revisit their approval of the plan. (May 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Is it the government — or the lack of it?

    Local columnist T.J. Ray sees a change in the way our country is governed, noting that it is no longer a “government of the people” but rather a “government of two parties” that often times keeps a lot of things from getting done. (May 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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      We should wait for Vision 2037 report

      With the news that the Oxford Board of Alderman voted down a proposal from city planners to put a moratorium on some rezoning requests, we wonder about that decision’s ultimate effect on Vision 2037 planning and its relevance to planning the future of Oxford. We think we should listen to the people who do planning for a living, to the people we hired to help with that planning for the future. (May 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Learning more about our noisy visitors

        So what do we know about the cicadas that are buzzing in the trees these days? Editor Don Whitten wondered what purpose they serve, and shares the answers he found. (May 20, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Hearings offer chance to hear more on Measure 42

          We applaud the decision by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to schedule not five, but eight, public hearings across the state for citizens to learn more about Initiative Measure 42 and Alternative Measure 42A dealing with funding for public education in Mississippi, and we encourage everyone to try to make one of the meetings so you are aware of all the issues before you vote in November. (May 20, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Teamwork the key to controlling litter

            The LOU community has so much to be proud of. Its litter problem, however, is something to be ashamed of. We call on all to to their part individually and collectively to clean up the trash and keep from dumping it on the roadways. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)

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              Arsenic in wine? What about apple, pear juices?

              Wine expert Dr. John Juergens weighs in on the recent scare about arsenic in wine and the dangers it could cause, noting in a “Your Turn” column that the amount in wine is so little that there are many other issues more dangerous. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)

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                Naturalization ceremony always inspirational

                Friday’s naturalization ceremony that saw 54 new U.S. citizens take the oath of allegiance to their adopted country is inspirational to all who take part or attend. Editor Don Whitten looks at the importance of the event and what it takes for outsiders to become U.S. citizens. (May 18, 2015, Page 4)

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                  We need to learn from 20-20 views

                  Hindsight is 20-20. That’s why so many of our presidential hopefuls seem to now feel they can admit the Iraq War was a mistake years after most Americans came to the same conclusion. Now we hope these same leaders can think about another saying as they govern us: Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it (May 18, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Slower pace means it’s baseball time

                    The slower pace brings back memories of summer and baseball to Publisher Tim Phillips, who recalls the friendships and trips related to his years playing American Legion baseball. (May 17, 2015, Page 4A)

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