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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Don’t like the snow? Don’t worry, we’ll have something different soon

Watch the weather over the next week or so. Watch how we go from a winter snowstorm and temperatures in the teens to thunderstorms and temperatures in the 60s. It’s just the way weather goes in north Mississippi — if you don’t like what you get today, just wait for t0morrow. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Rep. Mayo’s state income tax bill getting lots of looks

    Oxford state Rep. Brad Mayo and two fellow Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would eventually eliminate the state income tax in Mississippi, and that bill is getting a lot of attention around the state. We have the same questions as everyone else: will the numbers actually work and, if they don’t , how will things get paid for? (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Weather often puts superintendents in no-win situations

      School superintendents have to make tough decisions regarding  having school when there’s the threat of inclement weather, and they are really in a no-win situation since Mother Nature ultimately decides whether their decisions were good or bad. Consider, however, that their responsibility is the safety of thousands of youngsters and you need to give them the benefit of the doubt. (February 24, 2015, Page 4)

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        Meeting to explain more about Literacy-Based Promotion Act

        You may have read or heard lots about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act which requires students to be reading on a third-grade level before being promoted to the fourth grade. If you still have questions, however, there’s an excellent chance to learn more — including tips to help our youngsters improve their reading — as the Mississippi Department of Education will hold a regional meeting Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)

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          New report changes what’s good — or not so bad — for you

          Coffee with your EAGLE this morning? That’s OK. Some eggs with your breakfast? No problem. A sugary soda to cap it all off? Nope, that’s not the thing to do. New food and nutrition guidelines are out that change some of the things that we’re supposed to eat. In the end, moderation still remains the key — although black coffee is certainly higher up on the approved list than before. (February 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Let’s do what is right for Americans

            Legal moves are going back and forth on the issue of deferring the deportation of immigrants, and it’s clear much of the action involves partisan politics. We encourage our leaders to take politics out of the mix and do what is right for Americans. (February 20, 2015, Page 4A)

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              TVA offers hints to trim power use

              The Tennessee Valley Authority has issues some hints to help conserve energy use during these winter cold spells, and we encourage all to take note of them in a move that will help save you money on your utility bills as well as helping others by keeping plenty of electricity available for all who need it. (February 19, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Continue to exercise care, caution in dealing with cold weather

                Most of us can count our blessings with the ice and sleet settling just north of the LOU community. That doesn’t mean we should get complacent, though, with bitter cold temperatures approaching single digits forecast for tonight and the chance of frozen precipitation coming on Friday. We encourage all be remain cautious and prepared. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Let’s fix the fixable part of Obamacare

                  There are parts of any program run at the federal level that have to be tweaked, and it’s obvious one involves the sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act. We call on all involved to make the changes to overlap the sign-up period with the federal income tax filing period since proof of insurance and the penalties for not having insurance are handled through tax returns. (February 17, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Lawmakers face tough questions, votes

                    Should lawmakers vote as their constituents feel? Or should they vote their conscience or perhaps according to the party line? Or maybe, the main consideration is getting re-elected or elected to a higher office. We would like to see our representatives, at all levels, just do their job — which is to represent their constituents as they said they’d do when we elected them. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

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