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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Staff Editorials

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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    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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          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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            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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