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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Pati D’Amico-Warren writes to say that it’s disappointing to hear that Megabus is not using Oxford as a hub any more because of lack of business and to note that’s another step backward for public transportation in Mississippi, while Jesus Soto writes to ask for assistance with an English project his California high school is doing on the Magnolia State. (December 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Getting along despite our differences

A move by many in Scotland to declare independence from the United Kingdom fell short in a vote, but it’s indicative of how regional differences within smaller areas can overflow into politics. Editor Don Whitten looks at divisions mentioned in the United States and even wonders how some of the distinct regions in Mississippi have learned to get along so well. (September 22, 2014, Page 4)

California, here we come!

Tree man John Arrechea recently fulfilled a “Bucket List” item when he and his family went to California to see the giant redwoods. (July 25, 2014, Page 3B)

Taking Nancy to task about arms treaty

Local columnist T.J. Ray pens a letter to U.S. House leader Nancy Pelosi with questions and comments about her party’s policies, including the UN Arms Treaty. (May 15, 2014, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Johnny W. Lott writes to stress the importance of education and to urge state lawmakers to use rainy day funds to deal with the underfunding issue in Mississippi. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

A step toward equality

Staff Writer Melanie Addington celebrates Wednesday’s decisions by the Supreme Court dealing with same-sex marriages and civil rights, but points out that there’s still lots left to do before everyone is equal. (June 28, 2013, Page 4A)

Seeing the U.S. by saddle

Sea G Rhydr is crossing the country on horseback for not other reason than to pursue a life-long dream. She’s been on the road for 18 months, leaving from California and is headed to her parents’ home in New York. (April 22, 2013, Page 1, 14)

Can you be too rich to comment, complain?

Is there an earnings limit on the right to question and complain about taxes? Or do you just have to have the right complaint or comment? Editor Don Whitten looks into pro golfer Phil Mickelson’s recent comments and wonders why Mickelson is being berated for speaking out on something that affects him. (January 25, 2013, Page 4A)

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)

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