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We will miss Nunnelee and his service and assistance

Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who passed away Friday, will be missed for all of his help for his district. We appreciate his regular visits with our editorial board and his attention to what went on in the Lafayette-Oxford-University Community. (February 8, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Money, time patience needed in education

    Changes in education, whether good or bad, come with costs and many are often unfunded mandates from the state or national level that the local districts have to figure out how to pay for. We see the need for increased funding, but also for time and patience as schools deal with all the changes that are supposed to help with the education process. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Naming the new football team

      Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a humorous look at what it might be like to come up with a team name and mascot for a new university, college or high school football team. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        William N. Beckwith writes about supporting the ballot initiative about cannabis infractions, noting there will be an event Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall offering citizens a chance to sign papers asking to put the issue on the ballot next year. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Is tax proposal to help or to put off considering another bill?

          It’s good for Oxford and other local and state municipalities to hear the possibility of getting a bit more return on state tax sales funds that are returned from the state. We wonder, though, if it’s part of a plan by state lawmakers to make it easier to continue to ignore a proposal that would allow municipalities to levy their own sales tax in addition to the state-mandated 7 percent? (February 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Approving an initiative can be a challenge

            Editor Don Whitten tries to explain the initiative process and requirements in Mississippi by making a comparison to a bill that would make the Monday after the Super Bowl a federal holiday. (February 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Corps project funding good for area, state

              Area sportsmen, fishermen and outsdoorsmen all got good news Tuesday when Sen. Thad Cochran released a statement noting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineeers would be spending nearly $27 million on projects throughout the state, including work at the four area reservoirs at Sardis, Endi, Grenada and Arkabutla lakes. (February 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Out!

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes advice he learned from his childhood mentor to the classroom as he instills discipline and responsibility among his students. It’s much better to be inside learning than “out.” (February 3, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Education needs to be left up to educators

                  There is a growing concern among educators around the state that Legislators feel they’re more qualified than teachers and administrators to decide on how to run schools. We hope our lawmakers think about the overall good of our children and their educations rather than politics. (February 3, 2015, Page 4)

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                    We think we know it all — until we learn more

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray takes readers inside the bidding and building process to show how much more is involved for all who take part in the process from planning to building. (February 2, 2015, Page 4)

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