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Thanks, social media; we’re plugged in but tuned out

Local columnist Deidra Jackson sees it every morning on her commute to town – people conversing on their cellphones. Who are they talking to and what are they talking about – and is it really something that’s meaningful? Real moments and memories, she writes, are what’s really important. (April 26, 2012, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Susan Kelly writes to thank all of the businesses and others who helped make the local Girl Scouts’ StoryWalk project a success, while Austin G. of Harlan, Iowa, writes to ask readers for help on his fifth-grade social studies project. (April 26, 2012, Page 4)

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      Preparing for Double Decker Arts Festival

      It’s looking more and more like we’ll have almost-perfect weather for the 17th annual Double Decker Arts Festival this weekend, and Editor Don Whitten offers a list of things for festival-goers to take care of and get ready for. (April 25, 2012, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        John Arrechea writes about the history of Avent Park and the watershed in the area, and urges city leaders to consider a different answer for the problem. (April 25, 2012, Page 4)

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          Job’s Job

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed, while battling flu-like symptoms and other issues, was reminded of the real tribulations that Job went through and resolved to overcome any self-pity he might have had. (April 24, 2012, Page 4)

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            Should ‘extras’ be limited at failing schools?

            Would it help spark improvement at failing schools if students were barred from participating in sports, band and other extracurricular activities. Or would just limiting participation do more good? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at one idea that’s being discussed to help motivate those in failing and struggling districts. (April 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Thomas J. Rosser writes to say that the Supreme Court should strike down Arizona SB 1070 because it supports discrimination. (April 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Could recent attraction become addiction?

                We’ve all heard about addictions to alcohol and gambling. Editor Don Whitten is a bit concerned he’s headed toward another type of addiction after his recent introduction to something that’s been around less than two decades and yet is already used by millions of people. (April 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Murray Avent writes to clarify his conversation with Baptist Hospital officials and to give his stance on the selection of the site for the new hospital. (April 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    ‘The Man Behind The Drums’

                    You know a good song when you hear it, and it will still be a good song years later. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at some of those songs for him and relates his growing admiration for singer-drummer-guitarist Levon Helm of The Band, who’s struggling in a battle with cancer. (April 19, 2012, Page 4)

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