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The main goal should be helping kids learn

We’ve heard for years that we shouldn’t label people and things and now the accountability reports for state schools are out and schools are being – you guess it – labeled Star or High Performing or whatever all the way down to failing. Editor Don Whitten wonders if so much emphasis has been put on reaching certain levels and rankings that we’re spending more time “teaching to the test” than teaching our youngsters the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Jacob Roberts writes to urge supervisors and aldermen to work together to expand local tennis facilities at the John Leslie Courts so he and his Lafayette High teammates can have home courts to practice and play on, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank all of the volunteers and local farmers and gardeners who help The Pantry service the community. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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      9/11, books and the First Amendment

      With the on-again, off-again plans of a Florida preacher to burn copies of the Quran in the news, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at issues involving the First Amendment and protection of freedom of speech. There’s a fine line that can be crossed when speech or actions become threats and dangerous to others, and there are many that feel this situation fits the bill. (September 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Social networking can get you in trouble

        A Macomb, Mich., judge recently removed a juror, required her to write an essay and fined her $250 for commenting about an ongoing trial on Facebook. The judge sent a definite message, but there’s also another one there – people should be aware of the problems they can get into by posting photos and texts on social network sites. Editor Don Whitten writes about how searches of those sites can affect potential employees or those seeking advancement. (September 9, 2010, Page 4)

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          Checkout guys, gals sure know their veggies, fruits

          Gone, for the most part, are the days when every item in a grocery store had a sticky little price tag for the checker to read. But now, with bar codes and such, there’s still a need to “know” all of the different vegetables and fruits. Editor Don Whitten expresses amazement at the knowledge of all of the produce that grocery store checkers have these days. (September 8, 2010, Page 4)

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            Managing Anger Management

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a humorous look at different approaches to anger management ranging from his daughters’ suggestions that anger management courses can help to a story from a friend about one man’s way of dealing with a problem. (September 7, 2010, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              One local resident disturbed by the growing number of trash along the road side over the past month asks the community to remember… keep Oxford clean and beautiful. (September 6, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Parallel parking becoming a lost art?

                Very few Drivers’ Ed instructors teach parallel parking outside the classroom and inside the car any more and it’s long been dropped as the traditional ending to a driver’s road test. That’s obvious, Editor Don Whitten writes, when you watch drivers try to get in and out of parallel parking spots in and around Oxford. (September 3, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Open meetings, easy access better for reporters, public

                  Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has been in the reporting business for several years, including many in Florida before she moved to Oxford. She recalls the openess of meetings and records and the easy access she had in the “sunshine” state, and writes that if Mississippi could be more like that overall then reporters and the public alike would benefit. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    David King writes to urge people to give democracy and Democrats a chance, saying that it’s going to take time to get the change people voted for two years ago. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)

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