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Will you give, or get, help when needed?

First responders to a washout accident in Colorado last fall could be sued for their actions in a rescue, while it remains to be seen what will happen in the recent case in Florida where lifeguards and bystanders stopped a mother from driving herself and her kids into the ocean. Editor Don Whitten wonders how all of this will play out when it comes to the next accident — will people help or get helped because of the concern of lawsuits and criminal charges? (March 17, 2014, Page 4)

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    It’s time to stop tolerating intolerance

    In the wake of the recent defiling of the James Meredith statue at the University of Mississippi, news editor Jonathan Scott writes a column that praises the Oxford Board of Aldermen for adopting a Diversity Resolution and suggests several steps state leaders need to make to improve Mississippi’s image as a place that is more open to diversity. (March 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Words of warning, alarm and comfort

      Local columnist T.J. Ray passes along some tidbits of information and advice, some of it humorous and light-hearted and other serious and also comforting. (March 13, 2014, Page 4)

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        Increasing minimum wage a complex issue

        Increasing the minimum wage will make life more livable for millions; everyone knows that. Increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs; everyone knows that. Both predictions are true, Editor Don Whitten writes as he looks into both sides of a proposal to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. (March 12, 2014, Page 4)

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          Dey Kilt Ole Can’t …

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes that both Maya Angelou and his childhood mentor, Jaybird, had similar thoughts about those who seem to complain about everything – they should to try to change what’s bothering them or change their way of thinking about it. (March 11, 2014, Page 4)

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            What’s really behind changes with SAT?

            The SAT announced last week that it’s making changes in its college entrance exam and the way it is scored, prompting Editor Don Whitten to take a closer look at the issue of college exams and possible reasons behind the SAT’s changes. (March 10, 2014, Page 4)

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              Changing smoke alarm batteries and clocks

              Do you have those new batteries for your smoke alarms? Ready to move the clocks up an hour? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the March ritual of changing from standard to daylight saving time and what it means for everyone. (March 7, 2014, Page 4A)

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                When is graphic too graphic for youngsters?

                Staff writer Jerra Scott’s trip to a local school to write a story about the UNITE Arrive Alive Tour stop there turned out to be much more graphic and emotional than expected. Scott takes a look at the program intended to cut back on texting while driving and drunken driving, and wonders if it might be too graphic for some. (March 6, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Barbara J. Smith writes, on behalf of the Pantry board, to thank all of the volunteers, contributors and participants that made this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser a big success. (March 6, 2014, Page 4)

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                    Better days ahead for Mississippi Coliseum?

                    Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at the history of the “state” coliseum in Jackson — the Mississippi Coliseum — and the possibility of a noticeable renovation of the half-century old facility that’s hosted countless events and some big names through the years. (March 5, 2014, Page 4)

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