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Friday, October 24, 2014

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We need to help our schools help our children

Almost one-third of the third-graders at Della Davidson Elementary School have, through preliminary assessment, been shown to be at some risk of not passing the spring assessment test of their reading ability to allow them to move on to the fourth grade. Our View expresses concern about these numbers and urges all parents and caregivers to do their part to help with the extra measures the local schools are taking to help our young students. (September 25, 2014, Page 4A)

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    You have to protect your hard-earned money

    As more and more major retailers announce problems with their credit/debt systems and having hackers and ID thieves gain access to information, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at ways we can guard our crucial information — and our money. (September 24, 2014, Page 4A)

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      We should expect efficient parole process

      Prison reform is not easy to accomplish, but there’s one area that’s been given special attention of late that’s supposed to help: making the parole process run a bit quicker. Our View looks at the cost of housing prisoners and how a more efficient parole process can help in that regard. (September 24, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Hit’s De Principle

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls many of the lessons his childhood mentor, Jaybird, gave him about saving and spending wisely. He’s tried to pass that on to his children and others, noting that “Hit’s de principle.” (September 23, 2014, Page 4)

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          Fall a season of color and excitement

          Today is the first day of fall and, while it’s not the normal fall weather around here, it’s a signal that we’re about to have those wonderful things that only come with fall: football in nippy weather, the pumpkin patch, colorful leaves falling, et cetera. Some consider it the best of the seasons; we encourage all to take advantage of it in the coming weeks and months. (September 23, 2014, Page 4)

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            Getting along despite our differences

            A move by many in Scotland to declare independence from the United Kingdom fell short in a vote, but it’s indicative of how regional differences within smaller areas can overflow into politics. Editor Don Whitten looks at divisions mentioned in the United States and even wonders how some of the distinct regions in Mississippi have learned to get along so well. (September 22, 2014, Page 4)

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              Taking part in Racial Reconciliation Week

              It takes work and communication to improve race relations, and this week’s Racial Reconciliation Week being put on by the Department of Athletics at Ole Miss and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation offers lots of opportunities for local residents to do just that. We salute those planning this week and encourage all to take part. (September 22, 2014, Page 4)

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                Could this be the year for Ole Miss sports?

                Ole Miss fans have known heartbreak in the past. Publisher Tim Phillips writes that this may be one of those years much like the glory years with the baseball team having made a trip to the College World Series just a few months ago and the football Rebels off to a good start this fall. (September 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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                  Debate, input on key issues important to all

                  While there’s still a decision to be made by Oxford’s Board of Aldermen, it’s good to see a lot of inout and debate on the issue of development in the community. It’s government at its finest. (September 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    National POW/MIA Day today

                    Retired Marine Corps Master Sgt. and local author Gene Hays writes a guest column for “Your Turn,” reminding all that today is National POW/MIA Day and looking at the meaning behind the day. (September 19, 2014, Page 4)

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