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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Staff Editorials

Perception of vehicles changes over time

Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks and his wife are in the market for a new vehicle and with all the amenities in newer model automobiles these days, Eubanks discusses the “luxuries” of his first vehicle. (January 23, 2015, Page 4)

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    Dealing with no-shows can be frustrating

    There are two sides to the no-show situation and both sides must be responsible. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how many businesses handle the issue as well as how one set of parents who put on a lavish birthday party. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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      What will the next budget pie look like?

      With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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        Tax increases affect some; ACA deadline affects others

        Publisher Tim Phillips takes a closer look at two subjects: tax increases that will affect many across the country and the looming deadline for signing up for insurance coverage under the Afordable Health Care Act. (January 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Help is there when needed most

          News Editor Jonathan Scott found out firsthand how helpful first-responders are when one of his vehicles caught fire recently. Scott tells the story of his problem and about all of the assistance he received. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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            Beware of two scams that are popping up

            Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a couple of scams — one involving jury duty and the other involving wage garnishments — that have popped up lately. (January 14, 2015, Page 4)

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              If you could move, would you — and where?

              While the Lafayette-Oxford-University community is known more as a destination than an exit point, there are those in other parts of Mississippi who would leave the state if they could. Editor Don Whitten looks at some survey results about which states have residents wondering about leaving and which states are the most popular destinations. (January 12, 2015, Page 4)

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                Making resolutions — and sticking with them

                Have you broken any of your New Year’s resolutions already. Publisher Tim Phillips takes a look at some of his resolutions and suggests that we might focus less on making resolutions we can’t keep and trying to just be a better person. (January 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Hall of Fame voters show what’s unacceptable

                  Some cheating — gamesmanship might be a better description — is expected and tolerated in sports. Other forms of cheating are not, however. Editor Don Whitten points out that the voters for baseball’s Hall of Fame are making it clear what they find unacceptable. (January 8, 2015, Page 4)

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                    What cities are best, worst for singles?

                    Singles looking for other singles may be in a good situation in our community, but one report shows that there are parts of the country where it’s much more difficult for singles to meet and date. Editor Don Whitten reveals some of the top and bottom spots around the country, according to a recent study. (January 7, 2015, Page 4A)

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