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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Democracy: It works is you work it

Local columnist T.J. Ray, in the wake of last month’s elections, stresses that the men and women we elect to Congress are there to serve us, and he calls on citizens to hold their elected officials accountable so that democracy will work. (December 18, 2014, Page 4)

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    Let’s hope 114th is a ‘do-something’ Congress

    It’s our view that the 113th Congress earned its low approval ratings and our hope that the 114th Congress that convenes in January bucks that tradition and starts working together for the good of the country as a whole. (December 18, 2014, Page 4)

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      Popular section of EAGLE coming Friday

      It’s that time of the year — for what many say is their favorite edition of The Oxford Eagle. Yes, the annual Seasons Greeting issue that includes hundreds and hundreds of letters from local youngsters to Santa Claus comes out Friday. Editor Don Whitten takes a look inside the paper getting those letters and preparing them for you to read. (December 17, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Body cams for cops a win-win situation

        The Oxford and University police departments already have body cameras in use. State Rep. Chuck Espy plans on introducing legislation next year that would help fund body cams around Mississippi. And President Barack Obama has called for $263 million to help law enforcement agencies around the country get body cams. We applaud all three and see equipping officers and those on patrol with body cams as good for the agencies and the public they serve. (December 17, 2014, Page 4A)

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          The Greatest Gift Of All

          Local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed brings readers a column written by members of his creative writing class: a story of a Christmas past that shows the love between a father and a son. (December 16, 2014, Page 4)

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            Stadium expansion big news for UM, LOU community

            The excitement behind the current Ole Miss football team and program is spilling over into the construction business as Ole Miss officials announced expansion plans for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Monday. Our view is this is a win-win situation for the Rebel football program and the LOU community which benefits from big crowds at home games. (December 16, 2014, Page 4)

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              Christmas gifts a sign of future occupation?

              Do kids who ask for doctor’s and nurse’s kits for Christmas go into medicine. Do those who ask for cars become race car drivers or mechanics. Do those who ask for cameras become photographers? Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at some of his favorite Christmas gifts and how little they had to do with journalism. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

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                Lawmakers face active, involved constituency

                We predict interesting conversations coming up between state lawmakers and their constituents — particularly school officials, educators and parents of school-aged children — as they prepare to deal with two key education issues: fully funding MAEP and Common Core. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Building codes safeguard county residents

                  Publisher Tim Phillips takes a look at the building codes passed by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and what they can do to help with growth outside the city limits and how they can protect homebuyers. (December 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    MAEP must be fully funded for students to succeed

                    Oxford School District Superintendent Brian D. Harvey, in a “Your Turn” guest column, explains the important of fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (December 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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