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Voters face big decision with ‘personhood’ proposal

Staff writer Melanie Addington points to the initiative concerning changing wording in state law defining when a human becomes a person and worries about the government getting even more involved in life choices for women. She talks about a recent lawsuit filed over the issue and argues that we could spend our time better to help our youth. (July 16, 2010, Page 4A)

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    County fairs offer a little bit of everything

    County fairs and livestock shows used to fill the schedule of events in the summer months around the state, but now are not as commonplace. Editor Don Whitten looks at what they have to offer and suggests possibly taking in one of the nearby ones still going strong. (July 15, 2010, Page 4)

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      Garden plot holds so many memories

      EAGLE Co-Publisher Tim Phillips thinks back over the memories about the garden plot that he and his father, EAGLE Publisher Emeritus Jesse Phillips, plant and harvest each year. It’s a labor of love for Jesse Phillips, and Tim Phillips says it’s something that he has come to appreciate just as much as his father. (July 14, 2010, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Thomas S. Howorth of Howorth & Associates Architects wrote to correct and clarify recent statements made about work on the Lafayette County courthouse clock and approval for payment. (July 14, 2010, Page 4)

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          Earmarks and communicating with lawmakers

          Are you bothered a bit by some of the earmarks that senators and representatives are involved with? Why don’t you contact them and let them know what you think? That’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds – or should be – as local columnist T.J. Ray explains. (July 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Please Drive Carefully

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed hears lots from family and friends about his reluctance to join the 21st century, but relates a joke he heard recently that shows that not all who are “older” are as challenged as some think he is. (July 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Summers seem to be getting shorter

              The countdown has gotten serious. No, not the countdown until the start of preseason football practice or the countdown to the first game this season, but rather the countdown to students returning to school. Editor Don Whitten points out that the summer break seemed to start just a few weeks ago, and now there are signs pointing toward school buses, shopping trips for new clothes and changing summer schedules for school mornings. (July 12, 2010, Page 4)

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                E-readers popular, but still can’t top real books

                Everywhere you go, it seems like you see and hear about e-readers such as Nooks, Kindles, iPads and Kobos. Editor Don Whitten has seen the price of the new way to read books come down, but he’s still not ready to switch from buying and reading ink-and-paper versions. (July 9, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Oxford Pantry publicist Barbara J. Smith writes to thank the groups who volunteered in the month of June, and to ask local farmers and gardeners to consider donating any extra produce they have this summer to the Pantry. (July 9, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Cable company leaves Lafayette County out in the cold

                    Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors for their recent emphatic “No” vote on giving the local cable company, MetroCast, a tax exemption. Cutting taxes, especially for schools, is a big no-no with customers and the supervisors made that clear with their vote. (July 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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