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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Teamwork the key to controlling litter

The LOU community has so much to be proud of. Its litter problem, however, is something to be ashamed of. We call on all to to their part individually and collectively to clean up the trash and keep from dumping it on the roadways. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)

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    Arsenic in wine? What about apple, pear juices?

    Wine expert Dr. John Juergens weighs in on the recent scare about arsenic in wine and the dangers it could cause, noting in a “Your Turn” column that the amount in wine is so little that there are many other issues more dangerous. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)

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      Naturalization ceremony always inspirational

      Friday’s naturalization ceremony that saw 54 new U.S. citizens take the oath of allegiance to their adopted country is inspirational to all who take part or attend. Editor Don Whitten looks at the importance of the event and what it takes for outsiders to become U.S. citizens. (May 18, 2015, Page 4)

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        We need to learn from 20-20 views

        Hindsight is 20-20. That’s why so many of our presidential hopefuls seem to now feel they can admit the Iraq War was a mistake years after most Americans came to the same conclusion. Now we hope these same leaders can think about another saying as they govern us: Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it (May 18, 2015, Page 4)

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          Slower pace means it’s baseball time

          The slower pace brings back memories of summer and baseball to Publisher Tim Phillips, who recalls the friendships and trips related to his years playing American Legion baseball. (May 17, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Bullying numbers better, but there’s still work to do

            The U.S. Department of Education released numbers that show that 22 percent of students ages 12-18 say they have been bullied. That’s the lowest percentage in a decade, which is good news, but there’s still room for improvement and we call on our schools, parents, students and family members to work to drop that percentage even more. (May 17, 2015, Page 4A)

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              New projects look like what planners want

              Much of the discussion at vision 2037 meetings recently involved local housing and development, and it appears a couple of local developers were listening to based on their plans for a couple of projects. It will take more open discussions and communication to help make sure the landscape of Oxford is what it should be in future years. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Board decision options often quite difficult

                Local columnist T.J. Ray, a local school board member himself for several years, acknowledges that often decisions boards have to make are very difficult. With that perspective, he takes a look at what’s been said and not said about a situation involving a teacher’s reassignment in the Oxford School District. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  College — those wonderful pre-debt days

                  Recent graduates at the University of Mississippi, as well as other colleges and universities around the state and country, will soon realize that they’ve just completed some of the best days of their lives. One of the reasons — college loans. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the student debt issue and how it affects college students. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Low voter turnout needs to improve

                    Just over 18 percent of Lafayette County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election for the 1st Congressional District seat. That’s better than the turnout of less than 12 percent for a similar election in 2008, but still much less than than we would like to see. We encourage all to exercise their right to vote June 2 when the polls are open again to decide a runoff between Walter H. Zinn Jr. and Trent Kelly. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)

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