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Monday, July 28, 2014

Staff Editorials

Drug court grads aid prison reform effort

News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about how local and area residents who just completed their drug court program are showing state legislators that their ideas about prison reform and sentencing can work to help individually, collectively and financially. (February 13, 2014, Page 4)

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    Icy conditions make for dicey driving

    Editor Don Whitten looks back at the troubles he and many drivers had early Tuesday morning as winter storm Pax moves through the area and appears set to make things much worse for folks to the east and north. (February 12, 2014, Page 4)

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      Will longer school day help education?

      After last week’s column suggesting that schools need to add hours or days, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at one of the options – increasing the school day by 30-45 minutes. (February 10, 2014, Page 4)

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        Ignition interlock bill a positive move

        Editor Don Whitten writes about House Bill 554 which would expand the use of ignition interlocks in sentences for DUI offenses, noting that it’s something that could help offenders as well as others on the road. (February 7, 2014, Page 4A)

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          The new ‘plus size’?

          Staff writer Jerra Scott takes on the subject of how what’s “average” and what’s “plus” have certainly changed when it comes to women’s sizes these days. (February 6, 2014, Page 4)

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            Let’s communicate about education

            Editor Don Whitten points out inconsistencies in what lawmakers, educators and parents think is best for our children and schools – for example, in whether to decrease, increase of keep the amount of time at school – and urges them to communicate better with one another. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

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              Don’t be afraid to speak up, ask questions

              Last week, staff writer Alyssa Schnugg wrote about her frustration with wording about primary race on a school form. This week, she’s happy to report that there’s progress on that front, locally and nationally. With that in mind, Schnugg encourages others to see that their opinions do matter and should be expressed. (February 4, 2014, Page 4)

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                Events might vary for ‘local’ winter games

                Comedian Jeff Foxworthy did a routine prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta that gave some alternative events if the games were “localized.” Editor Don Whitten takes a similar approach to the winter games that begin soon, wondering how we might localize some of the events with the weather we’ve had recently and usually have this time of the year. (February 3, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Winter weather – erring on the side of caution

                  Editor Don Whitten admits he’s long been one of those folks who think many over-react when there’s a threat of snow and ice. He’s considering changing his mind, though, after reading and seeing stories about stranded students and parents in the winter storm that struck the South earlier this week. (January 31, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    Being primarily human is all that matters

                    Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, filling out a school form for her bi-racial granddaughter, became increasingly annoyed at one question that stumped her – the primary race of the child. Schnugg takes a look at the issue and wonders when race won’t be an issue and that we’re all members of the human race. (January 30, 2014, Page 4)

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