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Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

    When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Whose help?

      Reviews have been mixed since the movie “The Help” came out, and Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at some of the reasoning behind the different approaches. Addington, in addition to her thoughts, gives some from cast members as well as Mississippians involved in the Civil Rights movement. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Letting go never an easy process

        How was it, parents of college freshmen or 18- and 19-year-olds leaving the nest to begin work, to let them go? It’s not easy, not easy at all, John Semmes writes in a guest column that takes a look at how he saw the process and dealt with it recently. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Brian W. Pray writes to give another thought about what the city – and county – should do with the windfall from the sale of the hospital, while Harley Garrett writes to say that the government has too much power and we should be taking it back. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Some classes we like; others, well …

            A previous column discussed classes, periods and subjects that most students seem to like. What about the other side – the ones that many students aren’t as excited about. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at two Top 10 lists, one of the hardest subjects and the other of the most boring subjects. (August 17, 2011, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Doni Burt writes to express her feelings about acceptance – or lack of it – of medical support dogs in Mississippi. (August 17, 2011, Page 4)

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                Something’s Rotten

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes to take issue with the fact that senior citizens are having to worry whether or not they’ll receive peace of mind – and a decent return on all the work and money they’ve put into the system through the years. (August 16, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  David Robinson writes to relate a more pleasant dog-candidate story, while Blake Robertson writes to praise Oxford and organizers of the recent biking competition for their event. (August 16, 2011, Page 4)

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                    ‘The Family Fang’ – an interesting debut novel

                    Looking for a late-summer read that’s light and humorous with a serious undertone? Or maybe something with a serious look at family dynamics that also contains comedy? Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, “The Family Fang,” can give you either approach – or both. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Wilson’s work. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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