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Public’s right to information important to us, to you

This is Sunshine Week, a week set aside to inform the public about their right to access to public records and to the efforts of members of the media to represent them in gathering public information and records. We encourage all to read stories and columns this week about making everything open that’s supposed to be open. (March 16, 2015, Page 4)

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    March Madness is right upon us

    After Thursday night’s last-second loss, the Ole Miss Rebels and their fans will be watching scores while sitting on the “bubble” for an NCAA tourney bid. We hope Ole Miss is judged by its positives this season and not its disappointing finish. (March 13, 2015, Page 4)

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      That’s a lot of cigarette butts

      Local columnist T.J. Ray, after seeing a motorist flip a cigarette butt out his window recently, checked into how many cigarettes an average smoker goes through in a year and the overall effect of all those filters on the environment. (March 13, 2015, Page 4)

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        Would you take the last doughnut?

        Editor Don Whitten faced a dilemma: take the last doughnut in the box or not. What would you have done, knowing that unwritten rule about taking the last doughnut, last piece of chicken, last piece of cake, et cetera? See Whitten’s thoughts and actions in today’s column. (March 12, 2015, Page 4)

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          Noah’s Law too important not to pass

          Noah’s Law, named after 17-year-old Noah Smith of Water Valley who died after taking caffeine pills, is still alive in the Mississippi Legislature. We urge lawmakers to pass this bill, which would limit sales of caffeine pills and powders to those 18 and old, to save lives. (March 12, 2015, Page 4)

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            Students’ racial slurs, actions, damaging to schools, communities

            We know, from experience, the damaging effects of ridiculous actions by students like the incident that’s hurting the University of Oklahoma, and we urge all to put an end to those actions. (March 11, 2015, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              B.J. Davis writes to urge all to learn more about NMRC and other facilities and programs available during Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, while Dr. Sandor Feldman writes to say that Mississippi’s vaccination laws help save lives. (March 11, 2015, Page 4)

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                I Never Stole Again

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls yet another lesson taught by his mentor Jaybird — this time about stealing after a night in a watermelon patch that didn’t belong to those eating the melons. (March 10, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Cracks, potholes follow back-to-back winter storms

                  The power of expanding ice is starting to show around the community after back-to-back winter storms. Let’s hope the damage doesn’t get much worse before city, county and state crews can, after two hard weeks of work on icy roads, start patching the problem areas. (March 10, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Taking the big step to home ownership

                    Editor Don Whitten writes about the pros and cons of home ownership as he welcomes a co-worker to the home ownership club. (March 9, 2015, Page 4)

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