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Whitewashing American history hurtful to all

Do you remember the epic TV presentation “Roots” from the late-1970s? Perhaps you’ve seen it since and felt its impact. Local columnist Deidra Jackson recalls when she saw the series and wonders about how we don’t seem to have many insightful, educational and entertaining things like that to teach history to the youth of today. With political correctness and other factors, she wonders if we’re not whitewashing our history, which does no one any real good. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Robert Mims writes to thank those who helped make the OHS softball field a reality and to talk about all of the positives the facility and program have for students and the community. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)

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      Four qualify on campaign deadline

      While there were no “down-to-the-wire” sign ups — no one running into the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office — to file last minute to run for a county office in November, four people did wait until Tuesday to file qualifying papers. The deadline to qualify was 5 p.m. Tuesday. (March 2, 2011, Page 1)

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        Uncertainties surround Friday night Double Decker headliner, festival format

        While the 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival is set to be held in less than two months, the organizers say they still aren’t sure who will headline the community’s biggest annual entertainment event. (March 2, 2011, Page 3)

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          Carter brings inspirational message to high schools

          Sean Carter, a traumatic brain injury survivor, is bringing his inspirational message on the dangers of drinking and driving to the local high schools. Carter will speak to the junior and senior classes of Oxford High School on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., and to the junior and senior classes of Lafayette High School on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. (March 2, 2011, Page 3)

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            City, county may OK hospital project next week

            The community is closer to getting a new $300 million hospital, but the location of this proposed facility is still not known. (March 2, 2011, Page 1)

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              Are we on the fast track to $4 gasoline?

              Did you notice all the gas price jumps last weekend? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the multiple hikes and how prices are comparing now to just a month ago and to a year ago. Is the trend heading toward $4 a gallon gasoline, something that hit lots of people hard in 2008? Will the reaction be the same? (March 2, 2011, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Mary Katherine Perry writes to thank all of those individuals and businesses who helped make the recent Feed the Hunger pack-a-thon the big success it was with more than 142,000 meals packed for starving children in Africa. (March 2, 2011, Page 4)

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                  An Arab-American’s notes on the Egyptian revolution

                  Lee Habeeb’s guest column, which originally ran in the Washington Examiner, gives a local perspective on unrest in the Middle East. Habeeb points out similarities and differences between Arabs and writes that lasting peace is the ultimate goal for all concerned. (March 2, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Chancery Court records now available online

                    Lafayette County Chancery Court records are now available online for a $30 monthly subscription fee at www.deltacomputersystems.com. (March 1, 2011, Page 2)

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