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A Debt Unpaid

Local columnist Jimmy Reed explores vows and promises in relation to the Old Testament story of Jephthah, and notes that a promise made is a debt unpaid. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Harry Alexander writes to say that plans for a BMX track are just one example of how we’ve gotten off course as far as what the role of the government is, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank those involved with helping the Pantry help the community. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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      Poem provides fitting tribute to subscribers

      Writing and photography and selling advertising are important parts of the newspaper business, but the key to any success is the subscriber. Editor Don Whitten recently received a 100-plus year old copy of a poem that sums up feelings about regular subscribers and thanks them for their part in putting papers out daily. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Jerry N. Boone writes to say that the city and county boards should look for the best ways to use the windfall from the sale of the hospital to give relief to taxpayers, while Linda L. Norwood writes to say that we need to return to the days of doing things for the greater good. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

          Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

            When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Whose help?

              Reviews have been mixed since the movie “The Help” came out, and Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at some of the reasoning behind the different approaches. Addington, in addition to her thoughts, gives some from cast members as well as Mississippians involved in the Civil Rights movement. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Letting go never an easy process

                How was it, parents of college freshmen or 18- and 19-year-olds leaving the nest to begin work, to let them go? It’s not easy, not easy at all, John Semmes writes in a guest column that takes a look at how he saw the process and dealt with it recently. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Brian W. Pray writes to give another thought about what the city – and county – should do with the windfall from the sale of the hospital, while Harley Garrett writes to say that the government has too much power and we should be taking it back. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Some classes we like; others, well …

                    A previous column discussed classes, periods and subjects that most students seem to like. What about the other side – the ones that many students aren’t as excited about. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at two Top 10 lists, one of the hardest subjects and the other of the most boring subjects. (August 17, 2011, Page 4)

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