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Are chicks, ducks, rabbits really necessary?

Remember the old days when live chicks, ducks and rabbits were the big purchases for Easter? Editor Don Whitten remembers seeing hundreds of them in stores and getting many of them at his family’s farm, and wonders if people realize that they need to make a commitment when buying pets. (April 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Special people, places produce treasured memories

    Funerals, closings and retirements. All spark memories of people, places and events, as they did for Editor Don Whitten this week. Whitten takes a journey back down memory lane while thinking about Quay Hudson, the Downtown Grill and David Wells. (April 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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      The road to Jericho

      Most know the story of the Good Samaritan, but how many of us practice charity with any regularity? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at a handout he got the other day that explores the Indian Creed. Two principles he mentions involve not being greedy when others are in need and being in service to others. (April 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Embrace assumptions and draw the wrong conclusions

        It’s probably surprising the number of times we just assume that something we hear, read or think just isn’t that way. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a few of those assumptions you might get from just skimming the headlines, and warns that we need to watch our perceptions a bit closer. (April 14, 2011, Page 4)

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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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