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Feedback sought on NCLB waiver

The Mississippi Department of Education held two meetings in Oxford Monday, seeking input from stakeholders — teachers, principals and parents — on the department’s efforts in seeking a waiver that would allow its schools to deviate away from the No Child Left Behind Act. (December 6, 2011, Page 2)

Catchy plan, slogan can get your attention

Editor Don Whitten admits he hasn’t been following the Republican presidential hopefuls very closely – since the election is still more than a year off – but says his interest and attention has been tweaked by the recent talk of a 9-9-9 Plan. Whitten takes a closer look at Herman Cain’s plan. (October 13, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Patti C. Harris writes to say that, now with the budget crisis averted, it’s time to focus on excessive government regulations. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

Adams one step closer to U.S. Attorney position

Felicia Adams is one step closer to being appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi after a Senate Judicial Committee approved her appointment. (June 10, 2011, Page 2A)

Nunnelee makes rounds in Oxford

Cong. Alan Nunnelee visited with local residents at a town hall, question and answer-styled meeting Thursday night where Medicare and the national debt were the hot topics. (June 10, 2011, Page 1A)

GOP hopefuls in the middle of ‘silly season’

The term “silly season” is probably related more to sports than anything else, but it could certainly be applied to presidential races and potential candidates. Editor Don Whitten says the political silly season is already in full force, and he takes a look at the ins and outs of Republican candidates to oppose Barack Obama in 2012. (May 25, 2011, Page 4)

Bin Laden celebration too much or too early?

You knew it was big news when a presidential news conference is announced at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. And it was big news – terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The reaction across the country and in most of the world has been that of euphoria, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we are celebrating and partying a bit too much and a bit too soon. (May 2, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Patti C. Harris writes about true unsustainability, noting U.S. plans with taxes, programs, et cetera that have to be paid for by someone. (April 25, 2011, Page 4A)

How good are you at remembering years?

What year did the Oklahoma City bombing take place? When did man first walk on the moon? When did O-U Stadium open? Here’s one more, one that some 30 percent of respondents in a recent survey couldn’t get: What year did the 9/11 terrorist attacks take place? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how we can remember lots of events just as if they were yesterday, but we can’t recall the year they took place. How’s your memory? (April 4, 2011, Page 4A)

Howorth making way back into public service

On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate former mayor Richard Howorth to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. (March 18, 2011, Page 1A)

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