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Letters to the Editor

Patti C. Harris writes about modern electronics and the invasion of privacy some of it brings to citizens. (July 1, 2013, Page 4)

Country dealing with some serious issues

Which issue bothers you more: the Benghazi attack, the IRS targeting scandal or the Justice Department secretly obtaining telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing controversies and gives his still-developing opinion. (May 20, 2013, Page 4A)

Looking at speeding cops, lawmakers and taxes

Editor Don Whitten offers some answers and opinions about recent questions he’s received, touching on subjects such as why cops seem to speed a lot, why so many laws are introduced but not passed each year, how taxes are collected on lotteries and Ole Miss football recruiting. (February 11, 2013, Page 4)

Scammers using the Better Business Bureau

Scammers and phishers out there don’t just go after individuals through emails and text messages; they’re after businesses as well and they’re not bashful about it. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a recent offering which used the Better Business Bureau as a hook to grab valuable information. (November 29, 2012, Page 4)

There’s the truth and then there’s the truth

“The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Can we or should we expect our politicians to follow those guidelines? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that question in light of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent comments about those who don’t pay any income tax. (September 19, 2012, Page 4)

Federal tax burden numbers disturbing

Did you realize that nearly half of American households will owe nothing to the federal government in income tax for 2010, and some of them will actually get back more money than they paid in because of tax credits? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how that happens and wonders if a solution might eliminate some of the factions developing in the country. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

Probation. Probation?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at several recent court cases, some high profile and others not so well-known, and observes how it seems that probation and not jail time is often the sentence. Is Lady Justice really blind, he asks. (December 30, 2010, Page 4A)

Scammers taking shot at homebuyer tax credit

Prison inmates getting homebuyer tax credits? What’s going on with the program intended to stimulate the economy and help people get into the home market? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent report that scammers are getting millions from the program. (June 25, 2010, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Doug Fancher writes a response to a recent letter by Harley Garrett discussing the Health Care bill and other issues. (April 5, 2010, Page 4A)

What’s the best way to use a refund check?

The average refund check from the IRS is $2,500. The average person doesn’t get that, however, and Editor Don Whitten wonders what one is supposed to do when a year comes along where your refund is more than normal. He looks into all kinds of suggestions, from investing to pay off debt to splurging. (March 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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