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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Staff Editorials

Classic toys stand the test of time

Remember 8-track tapes, rotary-dial telephones, nickel candy bars, encyclopedia sets? Probably not. But what about Etch-a-Sketch, Slinky, Tinker Toys, Yo-yos and Sock Monkeys? Of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at why classic toys stay popular while similar-aged items are all but forgotten. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Few signs of the future we were promised

    Remember the cartoon series, “The Jetsons,” that told us about the “future” with robots and flying cars and such? Word that a company in Massachusetts is coming out with a flying car brought memories of those promises from “The Jetsons” back to News Editor Jonathan Scott who takes a look at some other things we once thought we might have by now. (September 17, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Some early history of the Oxford School District

      Oxford EAGLE Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes to relate some of the history of the local school district, including its separation from the University of Mississippi and local integration as he urges local residents to continue working for local students by voting for the upcoming bond issue. (September 16, 2010, Page 4)

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        You can see where we learned our ‘hospitality’

        Editor Don Whitten relates an interesting story from a trip Oxonian Wilbur Lee Todd and his family made to and from North Carolina last weekend for a wedding, pointing out that there are plenty of good people around and noting that it’s clear where we learned much of our Southern hospitality. (September 15, 2010)

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          The main goal should be helping kids learn

          We’ve heard for years that we shouldn’t label people and things and now the accountability reports for state schools are out and schools are being – you guess it – labeled Star or High Performing or whatever all the way down to failing. Editor Don Whitten wonders if so much emphasis has been put on reaching certain levels and rankings that we’re spending more time “teaching to the test” than teaching our youngsters the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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            9/11, books and the First Amendment

            With the on-again, off-again plans of a Florida preacher to burn copies of the Quran in the news, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at issues involving the First Amendment and protection of freedom of speech. There’s a fine line that can be crossed when speech or actions become threats and dangerous to others, and there are many that feel this situation fits the bill. (September 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Social networking can get you in trouble

              A Macomb, Mich., judge recently removed a juror, required her to write an essay and fined her $250 for commenting about an ongoing trial on Facebook. The judge sent a definite message, but there’s also another one there – people should be aware of the problems they can get into by posting photos and texts on social network sites. Editor Don Whitten writes about how searches of those sites can affect potential employees or those seeking advancement. (September 9, 2010, Page 4)

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                Checkout guys, gals sure know their veggies, fruits

                Gone, for the most part, are the days when every item in a grocery store had a sticky little price tag for the checker to read. But now, with bar codes and such, there’s still a need to “know” all of the different vegetables and fruits. Editor Don Whitten expresses amazement at the knowledge of all of the produce that grocery store checkers have these days. (September 8, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Parallel parking becoming a lost art?

                  Very few Drivers’ Ed instructors teach parallel parking outside the classroom and inside the car any more and it’s long been dropped as the traditional ending to a driver’s road test. That’s obvious, Editor Don Whitten writes, when you watch drivers try to get in and out of parallel parking spots in and around Oxford. (September 3, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Open meetings, easy access better for reporters, public

                    Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has been in the reporting business for several years, including many in Florida before she moved to Oxford. She recalls the openess of meetings and records and the easy access she had in the “sunshine” state, and writes that if Mississippi could be more like that overall then reporters and the public alike would benefit. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)

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