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Federal tax burden numbers disturbing

Did you realize that nearly half of American households will owe nothing to the federal government in income tax for 2010, and some of them will actually get back more money than they paid in because of tax credits? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how that happens and wonders if a solution might eliminate some of the factions developing in the country. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Longtime local physician Dr. Purves McLaurin gives his perspective on the local hospital and health care scene, citing changes through the years and urging all to look ahead to tomorrow’s great advancements. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

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      Masters at their craft

      Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks, an avid sports fans who just recently took up golf, committed to following the 2011 Masters from start to finish, and he came away with an even better appreciation for the game of golf and for those who play it at the highest level. (April 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Teaching saving tougher for parents these days

        There are things parents teach, or attempt to teach, their children. One involves money – earning it, saving it, spending it, giving it to the needy, et cetera. Teaching saving, Editor Don Whitten writes, is getting tougher and tougher, especially with savings producing little to no return that would provide motivation and incentive. (April 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Juanita Boutin writes to remind everyone thinking about purchasing “Easter animals” that they are not toys but pets that must be taken care of. (April 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Between a rock and a hard place

            Smithsonian. Yosemite. Veterans. Educators. Poor. Sick. These are just some of the places and people who will be impacted directly if lawmakers in Washington can’t reach an agreement today to prevent a government shutdown. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the issue, including budget cuts that are being proposed. (April 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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              It’s April – and time to get the mower running

              Did you hear all those small engines sputtering and running last weekend? It’s the sign that most of us are getting our mowers, trimmers and weed-whackers out storage and ready for use. Editor Don Whitten shares his opening-weekend experiences in the yard and plans for the upcoming grass-growing season. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

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                Mirror, mirror

                Who do you see when you look in the mirror. The odds are, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, that you see a college kid in the mirror. We seem to think that we don’t age as much as our friends and neighbors because we don’t want to think about the passing of time affecting us. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Annan to talk about faith, dealing with adversity

                  Disaster comes in all shapes and sizes. Bad things happen. And we have to deal with adversity. Haiti Partners co-director Kent Annan, who’s speaking this weekend in Oxford, has seen more than his share of adversity as he helps the people of Haiti. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Annan’s work, including how he helps those in need ask and answer the tough questions about faith. (April 6, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Barbara J. Smith writes to thank the churches and volunteers who have helped the Pantry the past couple of months and to remind the public that the annual Girl Scout Pantry Day collections will be this Saturday. (April 6, 2011, Page 4)

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