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Back on the fence between cats and dogs

Are you a cat person? Or do you prefer dogs? There are those families who have both of the popular pets, but most folks tend to side with one or the other. Editor Don Whitten has spent lots of years in every situation, and takes a moment to contemplate how he’s come to stand on the middle of the fence between canines and felines. (March 21, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Maralyn Howell Bullion writes to remind readers about the story of Betsy Love Allen and to note how appropriate it is to pay tribute to the longtime Toccopola resident during Women’s History Month. (March 21, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Open communication: A prescription for success

      The prognosis is mixed on Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s effort to build a new hospital in Oxford because of a rough spot in negotiations with local government boards because of site options. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at the ongoing issue and says that an open debate and the availability of information will help all involved understand the process. (March 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Ann K. Gibbs writes to tell about the positive experiences that she and her great-grandson’s baseball team had during a tournament at FNC Park. (March 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Taking advantage of one of those breaks

          Empty parking spaces are the best sign around here that school’s out, and there have been plenty available around Oxford this week. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at spring break and how many folks are spending their time this week or how they might wrap up things this weekend. (March 17, 2011, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Phyllis Campbell writes to say that she’s a “concerned citizen” and to point out that not all “concerned citizens” have the same feelings about a possible site for the new hospital, while Lena L. Ward writes to urge citizens to let their representatives know their priorities for funding different programs. (March 17, 2011, Page 4)

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              Wells takes us back in times with Faulkners, Oxford

              Oxford is known for being the home to Ole Miss, the home of many writers and the home of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner. Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of William Faulkner, has written a book that takes a closer look at her uncle, the Faulkner family and the community here where she grew up and lives today, and Editor Don Whitten takes an inside look at Dean Wells and that book, “Every Day by the Sun,” which is being released this month. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)

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                Sun shines brighter over time in Mississippi

                Guest columnist Layne Bruce of the Mississippi Press Association discusses progress over the last few years in Mississippi as far as open meetings and open records go. Bruce’s column is part of a closer look at government, the media and the public during Sunshine Week. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Robert Allen writes to remind readers that March 14-20 is National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and to give information about plans for the local MS group, while Laura Bradley writes to urge columnists, cartoonists, readers and friends to leave Charlie Sheen alone. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Celebrate Madison, but also FOI pioneers, heroes

                    Guest columnist Jeanni Atkins, a journalism professor at Ole Miss and the executive director of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, writes about National Freedom of Information Day, founding father James Madison and the importance of freedom of the press as part of celebrating Sunshine Week. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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