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Will ‘undecided’ voters keep an open mind?

Democrats and Republicans alike know there’s a certain percentage of voters who’ve already made up their mind about who they’ll vote for for president this fall. It’s the “undecided” voters, which Editor Don Whitten takes a look at, who’ll likely decide the election. (September 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Driving guidelines, tips really pretty basic

    Driver’s education’s main message was, and is, pretty simple: Keep your eyes on the road. Editor Don Whitten notices that more and more folks seem to have forgotten that message and wonders how we can return to those basics in driving. (August 31, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Having fun in a ‘Quest’ for knowledge

      Good things come in small packages. And sometimes they’re just as good years later. So writes News Editor Jonathan Scott as he tells about the first set of Brain Quest cars his son received nearly 20 years ago. (August 30, 2012, Page 4)

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        Crosstown rivalry’s history keeps growing

        It’s time for yet another Crosstown Classic football matchup as Lafayette’s Commodores travel just a couple of miles to take on the Oxford Chargers in a Thursday night TV game from Bobby Holcomb Field. Editor Don Whitten, who’s seen three dozen or so of the OHS-LHS games, looks back at the series and what can be expected tomorrow night. (August 29, 2012, Page 4)

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          Getting close to not-so-favorite things

          Editor Don Whitten admits it – he’s not a big fan of most of our bugs and worms and such. However, in the interest of education, he writes, he’s helping with a school project that involves two well-known varieties – silkworms and pray mantises. (August 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Not the first rape discussion and not the last

            Staff Writer Melanie Addington writes about the shock and outrage so many are feeling about the recent comments about rape made by Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, and hopes that his misinformation will lead others to learn the real facts and take issues into their own hands. (August 24, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Would student surveys really be that helpful?

              Editor Don Whitten, after reading that it’s been suggested that student surveys might be helpful in teacher evaluations, pondered how he and his friends would have answered questions about their teachers when they were growing up. (August 23, 2012, Page 4)

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                Two-party system not shining these days

                Statesmen, authors and others have warned, through the years, of the problems our country’s two-party political system could cause. Editor Don Whitten writes that’s exactly what seems to be happening these days as politicians seemed more concerned about their parties than the people they are supposed to serve. (August 22, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Thank Your Local Firefighter Day – every day

                  Firefighters and fire trucks are not something that you really want to see around your home or place of business, but it’s still good to know they’re there. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at their professionalism during a recent unplanned visit to The Oxford EAGLE. (August 17, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Take a look before following Bush’s ideas

                    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently urged Mississippi to follow the lead of his state in making changes in the education of children. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, who lived in Florida for many years before moving to Oxford, cautions that we should all take a closer look at what was done and what happened in Florida before we commit wholesale to Bush’s recommendations. (August 16, 2012, Page 4A)

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