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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Afghanistan

Looking for a hero? Look no further

Do we use the term “hero” too freely these days? Editor Don Whitten tends to feel that way, and he writes about Medal of Honor winner Kyle Carpenter — who and what we need to measure the meaning of the word against. (June 23, 2014, Page 4A)

Syria – do we really want to get involved?

What do you know about Syria – other than the fact that it’s the center of controversy and could spark military action from the United States and U.N.? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the situation and wonders if this is the time to be getting involved in another military action. (August 29, 2013, Page 4)

Abbeville native appointed to Council on Foreign Relations

Barry K Williams was recently elected to serve on the Council on Foreign Relations, considered to be one of the world’s biggest “think tank.”

  (August 16, 2013, Page 5A)

Troops return, others prepare to depart

Some area troops with the Mississippi National Guard have just come home from deployment overseas while others preparing to head to Afghanistan. In Oxford, veteran groups are busy preparing for Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony to honor all veterans who saw their final deployment in service to their country. (May 24, 2013, Page 1A, 12A)

Governmental dementia

If our government underwent a psychiatric investigation, what would be the diagnosis? Local columnist T.J. Ray, citing several examples, said it would probably be utter insanity or certainly dementia. (January 14, 2013, Page 4)

Oxford woman receives Bronze Star

Amanda C. Arnold decided to serve her country after graduating high school. Her efforts in Afghanistan as an analyst won her the Bronze Star Medal in September. (November 12, 2012, Page 1A)

WV sends off adopted troop

About 150 troops from the 289th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. National Guard Armory in Water Valley were given a send-off celebration Sunday by the VFW in Water Valley. (May 7, 2012, Page 1, 10)

Do wheels of justice turn faster sometimes?

Do the wheels of justice turn slowly or do sometimes they seem to speed up? Local columnist T.J. Ray sees two different speeds,based on political expediency, in the cases of two soldiers charged with multiple killings. (March 28, 2012, 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)

Vets show appreciation for Nutt’s Middle East trip

On Wednesday, the Oxford Military Order of the Purple Heart presented University of Mississippi head football coach Houston Nutt with a plaque of appreciation for Nutt visiting troops in the Middle East two years as part of the Under Armour Coaches Tour. (April 21, 2011, Page 8)

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