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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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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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                Letters to the Editor

                Linda Spence writes to wish all a Happy Valentine’s Day and to hope that all look at the possibilities that await them. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Lawmakers and education — who needs the public?

                  Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at education issues in Mississippi and how some are being handled by state lawmakers and other interest groups. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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                    Bad winter weather much milder around here

                    Bad weather is relative, Editor Don Whitten points out. People in the South are concerned about temperatures in the 30s with winds 10-20 mph on Thursday. In the Northeast, they’re worried about another big snow added on to the long winter and big drifts they already have. (February 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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