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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Staff Editorials

Supporting a tradition of educational excellence

With schools in the area, state, region and country reporting problems, there’s no question that the local Oxford School District is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Editor Jonathan Scott talks about how well the school has done in relation to his children who have gone through the system, and he urges all to help continue that tradition of educational excellence by supporting the $30 million bond issue next Tuesday. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)

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    It’s time for an entertaining night at the cemetery

    The annual Spirits of Oxford tour will be back at St. Peter’s Cemetery with almost a full moon shining down Friday evening. Editor Don Whitten looks back at previous spirits and gives a preview of what’s to be expected this year at the annual fundraiser for Cedar Oaks. (October 20, 2010, Page 4)

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      Morning person? Or perhaps a night owl?

      Are you a morning person, one of those people that somehow gets up and going every morning without a hitch? Or perhaps a night owl, one who struggles through hitting the snooze button several times and still needs help and a shot of caffeine? Maybe, you’re somewhere in between. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at all three and wonders if heredity or environment decides which you’ll be. (October 18, 2010, Page 4A)

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        So why was Bill Clinton in town Thursday?

        Was former President Bill Clinton in Oxford on Thursday to stump for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers or was he just making another stop on a Get Out And Vote campaign nationwide? Or, as Editor Don Whitten writes, wasn’t it both – plus urging the Ole Miss students to get out and help the Democrats protect the gains that group helped them get two years ago? (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Identity theft can mess things up in a hurry

          Editor Don Whitten relates the recent story of someone – let’s call him Johnny – who is the victim of identity theft, and finds out about it during an afternoon shopping trip. Learn more about a growing problem that can affect just about anyone. (October 11, 2010, Page 4A)

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            An effective home remedy or old wives’ tale?

            Editor Don Whitten writes about an unusual – to him – site he ran across earlier this week: a clear plastic bag half full of water and holding two pennies hanging from the corner of a back doorway. The simple hanging baggie has a purpose – to help keep flies out of the building. Is that just an old wives’ tale or an effective home remedy? (October 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Bullying today

              More and more examples of bullying among students, teenagers and young adults are coming to light, and so many of the cases wind up with serious and sad circumstances and actions. Staff writer Melanie Addington gives examples of problems students face from their peers, especially in today’s world of social networking, and urges adults to get involved to help control or end the practice of bullying. (October 7, 2010, Page 4)

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                Watching your baby having a baby

                Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg relates the joys and worries of becoming a mother and, as in her case, becoming a grandmother. (September 30, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Vote Yes – For our children, our town, our future!

                  Oxford Eagle Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes to encourage voters to support the bond issue to improve the local school system in an upcoming election Oct. 26. Phillips gives enrollment figures to show the need for new facilities, goes over plans for the bond funds and touts the accomplishments and community value of a strong school system. (September 29, 2010, Page 4)

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                    School not the only place for teaching, learning

                    President Barack Obama spoke about education earlier this week, suggesting holding teachers and students accountable and considering a longer school year. Those things, plus money, may help Johnny learn to read better, but probably not any more than things his parents, siblings and relatives could do at home. Editor Don Whitten calls on family members to do their part in the education process as well. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

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