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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staff Editorials

Lower gas prices mean more spending money

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at dropping gas prices — it’s below $3.00 per gallon locally and down in the $2.70s in nearby towns — and how the money not spent on gasoline might turn out to be the key to boosting the economy. (October 20, 2014, Page 4)

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    Magnolia State in football heaven

    What a time to be a football fan in Mississippi with two of the nation’s four remaining FBS unbeaten teams located in Oxford and Starkville. Publisher Tim Phillips compares the current situation with what many Rebel fans have endured in the past. (October 19, 2014, Page 4A)

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      You mean the Web hasn’t been around forever?

      A large portion of the population — anyone under the age of 25 — hasn’t been around as long as the World Wide Web and Internet. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some research about how we use and value the Web and the Internet as it celebrates its 25th birthday. (October 16, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Worry about Ebola, but take action against the flu

        Ebola is certainly a concern these days, but not so much in America as the annual onset of the flu. Editor Don Whitten writes about how to protect against the flu and encourages all to consider getting their flu shot soon. (October 15, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Education funding hinges on ballot box

          Thousands and thousands of Mississippians have signed petitions to place a referendum on the ballot in 2015 that would require complete funding of MAEP. That’s the first step; now we have to see how many people will go to the polls and vote for something that might raise their taxes or cut other services they want, too. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the issue which serves a good purpose — the education of our children — but promises to bring more discussion before it’s all said and done. (October 12, 2014, Page 4A)

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            Maybe it’s time we check our priorities

            Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes about the extremely successful fundraising effort that will pay off the fine Ole Miss received for its fans storming the field after the win over Alabama and also pay for the goal posts and other repairs needed, wondering how great it would be if we could get an outpouring of donations like that for local charities that help the truly needy. (October 10, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Oct. 4 — a date that will live in Ole Miss history

              ESPN’s GameDay came to town. Ole Miss beat Alabama. The LOU community gained lots of positive media coverage. Publisher Tim Phillips looks at what made Oct. 4, 2014, so special, including coming up with a Top 10 list of things connected with the weekend. (October 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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                Is there a downside to technology?

                Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the possibility that technology can be a concern, wondering how you balance the advantages and improvements with the loss of low-skilled and low-paying jobs. (October 8, 2014, Page 4A)

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                  Let’s control what our future looks like

                  Publisher Tim Phillips, a life-long Oxonian, has noticed the same changes on the horizon as many other local residents, and he encourages all to take a look at what the future could be like and should be like. (October 5, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    Stay classy, Oxford

                    With so many visitors in town for the Ole Miss-Alabama game, Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks reminds everyone to be on their best behavior. A look at some of the antics witnessed in recent years give examples of things not to do this weekend. (October 2, 2014, Page 4A)

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