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Friday, April 25, 2014

Staff Editorials

Enjoying when life slows down just a bit

Have you noticed the shorter lines – at stores, restaurants, four-way stops, et cetera these last few days. It’s that special time of the year when the University of Mississippi population drops for a couple of weeks and yet the local school children are still in class. It’s not something we’d want permanently, Editor Don Whitten writes, but it is a time to enjoy. (May 12, 2010, Page 4)

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    So how well do you know your ‘times’ tables?

    Have they changed the way youngsters are taught math, particularly the multiplication tables? Editor Don Whitten did an unscientific survey/study to see how well people knew their “times” tables and wonders if calculators and other modern tools have lessened how much time is spent teaching youngsters to learn – or memorize – their multiplication tables. (May 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Mom – always thinking of everyone else

      Co-Publisher Tim Phillips looks back at all his mother has done to help him, his brothers and his family through the years and takes the time to thank her on Mother’s Day weekend. (May 7, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Oxford in spring: A hand-me-down economy

        Have you ever noticed all that “stuff” out by the street or road that looks like trash? Have you ever noticed how some of it disappears before the sanitation workers pick it up. Welcome to hand-me-down Oxford, Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze says as she relates experiences of her own with roadside treasures. (May 6, 2010, Page 4)

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          Be wary when it comes to debt consolidation

          How many of you have seen or heard advertisements on radio and TV offering to help you deal with unwanted debt, credit card problems and high interest rates? Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people still use debt consolidation with the reputation it has, and then figures that hope is what people want even if it is just as costly or is ineffective. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)

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            College graduates and the job market

            A survey by Monster.com about jobs and earnings for college graduates doesn’t pain the prettiest picture for those graduating this spring. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the survey’s results and their application in the real world. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Vietnam vets have a story we need to hear

              News Editor Jonathan Scott notes that today marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and he recalls that time in his life with brothers in the service and growing up wondering about whether the war would end before he turned 18. Memories of stories from family and others who served in Vietnam are important, Scott writes, and he notes that local veteran Gene Hays has penned a book, “Year of the Monkey,” that tells some of those stories we need to hear. (April 30, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Everybody remembers turning 15, 18, 21, 30 …

                Editor Don Whitten writes about the notable birthdays we all celebrate, citing those we are anxious to have and those we dread showing up. A look at the milestone marks in life shows the divisions in time. (April 29, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Kayla Gala one of most entertaining fundraisers

                  It’s time once again for one of the most popular and entertaining fundraisers connected with Oxford High School – the fifth annual Kayla Gala. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the event which raises funds to benefit high school drama and theater students and departments and honor Kayla Sue Mize. (April 28, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Complaining vs. counting our blessings

                    While he agreed with the decision last week to postpone most of the Double Decker Arts Festival to Sunday, Editor Don Whitten admits that he still was complaining when looking for a parking spot before church. A trip through central Mississippi later that day that showed some of the path of destruction of several tornadoes and gave a different perspective on the inconveniences of changing Double Decker. (April 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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