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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Changing smoke alarm batteries and clocks

Do you have those new batteries for your smoke alarms? Ready to move the clocks up an hour? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the March ritual of changing from standard to daylight saving time and what it means for everyone. (March 7, 2014, Page 4A)

Our leaders must know, and follow, the Constitution

Guest columnist Maxine H. Karr quotes some of our country’s founding fathers and other statemen in making the point that our leaders today should know, and adhere to, the Constitution written when the United States was formed. (March 6, 2013, Page 4)

Press sayings part of everyday language

Ever wonder where we got terms such as “lower case,” “upper case,” “fit to print,” “get the lead out,” “make a good impression,” et cetera? Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about where they came from – the old days of real printing presses. (February 5, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Carolyn Ross writes to offer some of the words and wisdom of local statesman L.Q.C. Lamar and to point out that it would be very appropriate in today’s times. (August 10, 2012, Page 4A)

Buying A Penny Whistle

After being accused of being a tightwad, local columnist Jimmy Reed offered a look into thriftiness and avoiding impulse buying by writing about his grandmother Reed’s way of dealing with items in the Sears Roebuck catalog. (June 5, 2012, Page 4)

Pennies disappearing – but not everywhere

Canada is looking into halting production of its 1 cent coin in an effort to save money. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the penny in the U.S. and how it’s become possibly the most collectible item in our society. (April 2, 2012, Page 4)

OK, it’s time for a mid-summer pop quiz

Since it’s halfway between the end of one school year and the beginning of another, perhaps it’s just the right time for a mid-summer pop quiz – on the holiday we’re celebrating Monday. Editor Don Whitten has questions, answers and ratings in the short quiz on the Fourth of July. (July 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Frugality Is Fun

In this materialistic, card-swipe age, frugality and thrift are often ignored. Local columnist Jimmy Reed points to his upbringing and his Mama’s mindset as he writes that America’s sub-motto should be: Frugality is fun. (March 1, 2011, Page 4)

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