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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Staff Editorials

Still trying to figure out Affordable Care Act

Most folks believe all deserve affordable health care, and most want and hope that the Affordable Care Act works. Editor Don Whitten sees some good things about the national program but still wonders about its viability in light of recent suggestions that many workers may opt to work less or retire early because they can get cheaper healthcare that must be subsidized somewhere. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

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    Spaying, neutering your pets is an act of love

    Ever wonder why spaying or neutering your pet might be important — beside all the obvious reasons? Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg relates memories of a special pet as she writes about the valuable help offered at Oxford World Spay Day held recently. (February 28, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Will new sales tax holiday be worth it?

      Since both the House and Senate have passed similar bills, it’s likely that Mississippi will soon see a tax-free holiday on hunting and/or fishing items and supplies in the near future. Editor Don Whitten wonders if the tax money that will be lost could be better spent on other needs in the state. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

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        Breaking a commandment — or ignoring it?

        President Ronald Reagan regularly quoted what he called the 11th commandment — Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at national and Mississippi politics where it appears a number of Republicans aren’t following those directions at all. (February 26, 2014, Page 4)

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          Shopping options south of town? Yes, please

          Word of possible shopping options in parts of Oxford south of the downtown area has residents in those areas looking forward to changes that will make their everyday life a little easier. Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze, who lives “south of town” explores the possibilities. (February 24, 2014, Page 4)

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            Basketball promotion caught in fine print

            A West Chester (Pa.) University freshman hit a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot, but didn’t win the $10,000 prize in a halftime promotion. Why? The fine print. Editor Don Whitten wonders what lessons were learned in the incident. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Curling — easy to watch, hard to understand

              The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are winding down, but even after nearly two weeks of events, assistant news editor Jeff Eubanks is still scratching his head trying to figure out curling and other games. (February 20, 2014, Page 4)

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                Who should decide about consolidation?

                There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Cash swings for homer with second novel

                  Wiley Cash’s debut novel was an award-winner and best-seller, and Editor Don Whitten writes that his follow-up effort, “This Dark Road to Mercy,” could be headed to similar heights. Cash is slated to visit Oxford and Square Books on Tuesday promoting his newest novel. (February 17, 2014, Page 4)

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                    More school days or a different calendar?

                    The Center for America Progress is recommending that more time is added to the school year to help students and teachers deal with Common Core Standards, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at options that involve adding more days to the school year or adjusting the school calendar a bit. (February 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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