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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Staff Editorials

Sex (education) and the city (schools)

News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at the recent misrepresentation of the local school’s sex education program in the national media, and he encourages fair and balanced coverage of the good and the bad in our state and region. (April 11, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Birds offer easy way to commune with nature

    Editor Don Whitten writes about a newfound hobby – watching birds – and tells how it’s a relaxing way to commune with nature without having to leave the house. (April 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Poll looks into officials, Ukraine and missing jet

      Polls, Editor Don Whitten writes, give us a snapshot of the general feeling the public has on given issues. With that in mind, how about a look at how we feel about public officials’ approval ratings, what the U.S. should do in Ukraine and just what’s going on with the missing Malaysian jet? (April 7, 2014, Page 4)

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        Some patrons were happier than others

        A night out at a popular local restaurant left Editor Don Whitten and his party, along with other guests, understanding why they say discretion is the better part of valor when it comes to getting along. (April 4, 2014, Page 4A)

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          A selfie made beneficial or self-indulgent?

          Staff Writer Jerra Scott takes a look at a new trend — the No-makeup Selfies for Cancer Awareness, noting that it started out as a fundraiser but now seems to have gotten away from its original purpose. (April 3, 2014, Page 4)

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            No billion dollar tourney, but a good one

            Editor Don Whitten admits his billion dollar bracket for the NCAA Tournament didn’t last very long, but he offers several comments and opinions on the first two weeks of the tourney, including a look at the SEC, familiar foes, last-minute strategy and possible rules changes. (April 2, 2014, Page 4)

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              College athletes employees of school? No way

              Are college athletes on scholarship employees of the school? A National Labor Relations Board ruling says they are, opening the door for Northwestern University football players to unionize. Editor Don Whitten disagrees with the ruling and explains his stance on the issue. (March 31, 2014, Page 4)

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                Surprise deaths part of TV series world

                With ratings periods coming around, it’s time in the TV world for changes. Sometimes those changes involve regular characters leaving a series or show. Editor Don Whitten, after seeing a regular killed off the other night in one of his family’s favorites, looks at shocking TV deaths through the years. (March 28, 2014, Page 4A)

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                  Keep your trash; I have enough of my own

                  Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg admits that she spends a lot of time cleaning up and picking up —because, in great part, she has two grandchildren living with her. She writes that’s all right; it’s the trash that others throw out of their vehicles that makes its way into her yard that really bothers her. (March 27, 2014, Page 4)

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                    Small-town life offers training in impatience

                    Living in Oxford has lots of obvious benefits. One of the ones we don’t think about, Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze writes about, is that we rarely have to wait very long to get, or do, anything. (March 26, 2014, Page 4)

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