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Car-buying will be different – sometime

With gasoline prices holding pretty steady in the low-$3 a gallon range, it appears more and more of us will have to start reconsidering our approach to buying automobiles in the future. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the options, including hybrids and all-electric cars, and wonders when changes will really start to take place. (November 14, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Thank a veteran today – and every other day, too

    We’re losing our veterans at a fast rate because of age, but that shouldn’t mean that we don’t honor the ones still with us and those serving today on Veterans Day. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the special holiday and what it means to him. (November 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Make your final wishes known to family now

      When medical emergencies pop up, there’s often not time enough to learn of one’s wishes about care. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg and her family have gone through this situation recently and she writes to advice people to make plans and wishes known to your family while there is time. (November 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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        ‘Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players’ a big hit

        Do you like lists? You know, Top 10 lists, Top 20 lists, even Top 100 lists? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at local author/editor/publisher Neil White’s latest work, “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time.” The list, the extras and the photos make the book a must-see. (November 9, 2011, Page 4)

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          Coaching merry-go-round has to stop at UM

          All of the smoke surrounding the Ole Miss football program flamed up big-time Monday with the announcement that Houston Nutt will end his coaching career here this season. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the past and future of the program, which will soon have its fourth head coach in a decade, and writes that a long-term commitment is essential for success for the Rebels. (November 8, 2011, Page 4)

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            Let’s break some voting records tomorrow

            Will the local voting turnout Tuesday be like it was four years ago in the General Election – a disappointing 41 percent? Or will it be more like eight years ago when some 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots? Editor Don Whitten urges everyone to do their part by voting tomorrow. (November 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Feeling Frodo and Sam’s burden

              Recent newlywed and Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks knows a bit better the plight of Frodo and Samwise from the “Lord of the Rings” as he’s had problems with a wedding band that’s a bit too large. He relates some of his recent scares in keeping up with his “precious.” (November 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Want a good story? Check out Grisham’s latest

                Looking for a good story to spend a few hours with? Editor Don Whitten recommends John Grisham’s latest book, “The Litigators,” which many say is one of the best-selling author’s best in several years. (November 2, 2011, Page 4)

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                  ‘Just the facts’ doesn’t paint a pretty picture

                  You may not agree with Half in Ten’s ideas about how to cut the country’s poverty rate in half in the next 10 years but, as Editor Don Whitten points out, it’s all but impossible to argue with the numbers they present. (October 31, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    More barriers at polls lead to fewer voters

                    The more people that vote, the better our democratic form of government works, right? Why then, News Editor Jonathan Scott asks, would we want to approve Initiative 27 which would make it more difficult for a number of voters across the state of Mississippi? Scott takes a look at the proposal and offers a suggestion if the measure passes next month. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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