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Letters to the Editor

Kelly Shannon writes to thank all of the volunteers and participants in Monday’s inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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    The past remains present in 2012

    Anniversaries come and go, and are often forgotten or ignored. In 2012, there are a number of anniversaries to be celebrated locally, statewide, nationwide and around the world, including two big events right here in the L-O-U community. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at those events – the death of William Faulkner and the integration of the University of Mississippi – and how they affected the community and its view from others. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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      Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

      With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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        The ol’ Royal still serves its purpose

        Editor Don Whitten writes about a long-time, reliable old friend – the manual Royal typewriter he’s been using in his office for, literally, decades. And, yes, it’s still in use – despite the special challenges his particular model presents. (January 18, 2012, Page 4)

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          Neither Should He Eat

          An initial assignment in one of  local columnist Jimmy Reed’s classes eventually led to Reed being a mediator as his students discussed Occupy Wall Street. In the end, Reed added his own thoughts about hard work and production. (January 17, 2012, Page 4)

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            Pardon controversy has all kinds of angles

            A wide range of emotions – surprise, anger, disappointment, concern, et cetera – have surrounded the news that former Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned or otherwise dealt with sentences for more than 200 people in his final days in office. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the issues that have citizens up in arms. (January 16, 2012, Page 4)

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              Where did all the owner’s manuals go?

              One thing that’s missing, more often than not, in boxes and packages containing new products is an instruction or owner’s manual. Editor Don Whitten keeps looking for them and wondering how you’re supposed to know all about a gadget, game or whatever without those little booklets. (January 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Barbara J. Smith writes on behalf of the Oxford Pantry to thank all of its volunteers in the month of December and to remind the community about the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. (January 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  Animal abuse must stop now

                  Two more dog killings were reported in the last week or so, continuing a recent trend of local animal abuse. Staff writer Melanie Addington takes on the issue, sharing heartbreaking stories and information that will hopefully help bring an end to the problem. (January 12, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Melvin S. Arrington Jr. writes to point out that history does repeat itself, noting all of the similarities between Alabama’s 21-0 rematch win over LSU earlier this week and Ole Miss’ 21-0 rematch win over the Tigers in the 1960 Sugar Bowl. (January 12, 2012, Page 4)

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