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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Quick trip offers unexpected rewards

Looking for a motel room in a “sold-out” city? That was News Editor Jonathan Scott’s predicament recently when taking his daughter back to college at Syracuse. Scott writes about his solution, a neat website called Airbnb, that gave him a pleasant stay in upper New York. (August 30, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Carolyn Ross writes about the decision to classify the Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence” rather than terrorism and urges citizens upset with that decision to let leaders know their displeasure. (May 30, 2013, Page 4)

Wage hikes and recessions – related or not?

Editor Don Whitten’s research shows that, since the mid-1970s, most mandatory federal minimum wage increases came before, during or right after recessions in the United States, and he wonders what, if any, relation there might be between the two in light of President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2015. (February 15, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Rob Winkler writes to take issue with a recent Jimmy Reed column and to say that no one is calling for the government to “disarm all citizens.” (January 31, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Millie Stivers writes to say that the reason U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee voted against a bill to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy was because of all the “pork” attached to the bill, while Jack Dunbar writes to say that efforts to ban assault rifles does not violate the Second Amendment. (January 22, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to say that the language in the Second Amendment is pretty clear when it comes to guns and a militia, Harry P. Owens writes to say that we need to move forward with reasonable gun regulations and David Smith writes to say that a recent editorial cartoon distorted the truth and misinformed readers about tax increases. (January 18, 2013, Page 4A)

Paycheck envelopes a tad lighter this week

Have you gotten your first paycheck in 2013 yet? If so, you noticed it was smaller. If not, get ready for the drop. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the 2 percent payroll tax for Social Security that’s hitting all employees. (January 9, 2013, Page 4)

Educated predictions and out-right guesses for 2013

Editor Don Whitten, with apologies to “seers” like the late-Jeanne Dixon, takes a look at the upcoming year with some thoughts about things that might well happen in sports, education, government, et cetera. (December 31, 2012, Page 4)

Let’s hear from women on the birth control issue

Local columnist Deidra Jackson has seen and heard lots of men talking about birth control and contraception and says it’s way past time that we hear from women who know more about the issue and whose opinions should carry the most weight. (February 16, 2012, Page 4)

Censorship, not controversial art, is in bad taste

The business of using ideology to deny people and programs much-needed money is, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes, getting old. Jackson brings the issue from the national stage with FEMA to locally with the Board of Supervisors pulling funding for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 6, 2011, Page 4)

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