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Monday, April 21, 2014

Staff Editorials

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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        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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