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Conroy’s latest work gives valuable insight

It’s been said that you can get a quick fix on someone by seeing what he or she reads. Editor Don Whitten points out that’s not always easy to do, but is with one of the South’s favorite authors, Pat Conroy, whose latest book, “My Reading Life,” takes readers on a trip through his library and education to see how and why Conroy writes as he does. Conroy will be in town Wednesday to sign copies of the new book at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

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    Keeping It Simple

    Championship basketball coach John Wooden’s book “Wooden on Leadership” reminds local columnist Jimmy Reed about how his father used to teach the same basic lesson for life – that taking care of the small things and keeping it simple help take care of the big things. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

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      School plans – great; timing – not so good

      Timing is important, sometimes even more important than you’d think. The timing in last week’s announcement by Oxford School District officials about their $54 million long-range capital improvement plans may have come a bit too close to the recent passage of a $30 million bond issue. Editor Don Whitten wonders if waiting, two months – or even two weeks – might have been better. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        The Fran Talbert family writes to thank local veterans and others for the outpouring of respect following the death of Fran Talbert, while Lena L. Ward writes to tell readers who they should be mad at rather than President Obama and the Democrats. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Celebrity sightings (sort of)

          Traveling for your job is not as glamorous as some might think, but it can lead to interesting trips and to meeting people considered “celebrities.” John Morgan’s column tells of two of his celebrity sightings, one Faye Dunaway and the other Shane Battier. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Letter to the Editor

            Jim Shollenberger writes to take issue with recent letters to the editor, and he calls for letter writers to use less emotion and more thought. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Passing out a few tricks and treats

              Have you got your tricks and treats set up for Sunday evening? Editor Don Whitten passes out some early tricks and treats, but not the kind you’ll be handing out on Halloween. Some get treats for what they’re doing, while others are given tricks. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)

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                Communicating in today’s world

                The Internet and other technological advances do make communicating a little easier these day, but local columnist T.J. Ray notes that it still doesn’t help us when it comes to knowing how to communicate that we are not in harmony with the actions others take. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Young people aren’t as sensitive as they used to be

                  Research has revealed that today’s students aren’t as bothered by other’s misfortunes as they once were. Columnist Deidra Jackson writes about young people of today not being as sensitive and wonders if the times they’ve been raised in have a lot to do with that. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Surprising Series gets underway tonight

                    Phillies and Yankees, no doubt. That was the consensus for most of the season, but now we have a surprising matchup in the World Series: San Francisco and Texas. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at the 2010 season and how the Giants and Rangers made it to the Fall Classic. (October 27, 2010, Page 4)

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