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Letters to the Editor

Peter Kondos writes about his attempt to get some answers from Tom Brokaw about media bias, while W.N. Beckwith has a new idea for fundraising that involves towing companies. (April 28, 2010, Page 4)

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    A Civilized Act

    Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes on those who favor gun control in his weekly column, citing changes in Australia and noting that the U.S. government has taken action to sell its spent shell casings to China rather than Georgia Arms. (April 27, 2010, Page 4)

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      Complaining vs. counting our blessings

      While he agreed with the decision last week to postpone most of the Double Decker Arts Festival to Sunday, Editor Don Whitten admits that he still was complaining when looking for a parking spot before church. A trip through central Mississippi later that day that showed some of the path of destruction of several tornadoes and gave a different perspective on the inconveniences of changing Double Decker. (April 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Double Decker 2010 – weather gets top billing

        We just thought Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were headlining the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Since midweek, however, we’ve found that it’s really Mother Nature this year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the weather’s effect on the popular event and all of the scrambling local officials have done over the past 48 hours. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          John and Shelia Mohr, visitors from St. Paul, Minn., write to tell of how much they enjoyed their stay in Oxford and to thank their special tour guide, Mayor Pat Patterson. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Saturday night memories

            Guest columnist John Morgan started remembering nights at the grandparents when he took his youngsters to his mother’s house recently. What happened when John was young? Big Star’s “Saturday Night at the Races,” “Lawrence Welk,” catching fireflies and chasing the “fog machine.” (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Cost of death penalty

              With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)

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                Is it time to swap “virtual” fences for real ones?

                A few years back, the government decided to try “virtual fences” with radar, cameras and sensors along the border between the United States and Mexico. With illegal immigration becoming a bigger issue with each passing day, Editor Don Whitten wonders if lawmakers ready to swap virtual fences for real ones don’t have a pretty good idea. (April 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Planted By The Waters

                  Columnist Jimmy Reed’s 50th reunion of his Leland High School graduating class brought back memories of the way people were raised and got along in the past, and made him mindful of the importance of the two guideposts he and his classmates were governed by. (April 20, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Who knew wonderful meals came in a can?

                    Reading a story about the last sardine cannery in the United States closing brought back memories of eating meat and seafood products out of a can for Editor Don Whitten. He writes about his dislike for sardines, but remembers fondly dealing with vienna sausages and potted meat. (April 19, 2010, Page 4A)

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