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Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Continue to exercise care, caution in dealing with cold weather

Most of us can count our blessings with the ice and sleet settling just north of the LOU community. That doesn’t mean we should get complacent, though, with bitter cold temperatures approaching single digits forecast for tonight and the chance of frozen precipitation coming on Friday. We encourage all be remain cautious and prepared. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Let’s fix the fixable part of Obamacare

    There are parts of any program run at the federal level that have to be tweaked, and it’s obvious one involves the sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act. We call on all involved to make the changes to overlap the sign-up period with the federal income tax filing period since proof of insurance and the penalties for not having insurance are handled through tax returns. (February 17, 2015, Page 4)

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      I Bought The Donuts

      Local columnist and creative writing instructor Jimmy Reed challenged his students — and had to pay off after their inspiring efforts. (February 17, 2015, Page 4)

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        Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

        Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

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          Lawmakers face tough questions, votes

          Should lawmakers vote as their constituents feel? Or should they vote their conscience or perhaps according to the party line? Or maybe, the main consideration is getting re-elected or elected to a higher office. We would like to see our representatives, at all levels, just do their job — which is to represent their constituents as they said they’d do when we elected them. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

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            Preparation the key to dealing with weather issues

            The forecast for tonight through Tuesday certainly doesn’t sound good — unless you’d like to stay home from school or work. We suggest preparing for the worst — today — and hoping for the best with the weather front that will be moving across the state tonight and the next couple of days. (February 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Mary Allyn Hedges writes to thank the patrons and participants who made Oxford Restaurant Week successful. (February 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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                A terrible truth that needs to be remembered

                News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at a recent report titled “Lunching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” and notes that communities should make a determined effort to remember and mark sites of these racial injustices so they can be discussed and explored more openly. (February 13, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Growth — in a controlled manner

                  The Oxford Planning Commission and board of aldermen face an ongoing challenge with controlling development and building, and it’s good to see the two working together to evaluate applications from those wishing to build in the LOU community. (February 13, 2015, Page 4A)

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                    Reading instruction, retention plans example of unfunded mandate

                    We’ve tackled the issue of unfunded mandates in public education before, and continue to see that problem affecting students, teachers and schools in Mississippi. The latest example concerns the unfunded, or under-funded, mandate to have third-graders reading on grade level before they can be promoted to the fourth grade. We call on state lawmakers to come up with the money necessary to implement fully this important program and requirement. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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