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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Florida

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)

Letters to the Editor

Greg Surbeck writes to say that drug testing welfare recipients is not only unconstitutional, but also wasteful, unfair and unnecessary. (January 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Winters cold but the memories are precious

Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg recalls the joy of “snow days” growing up in New Jersey and, after moving to Florida for many years, thinks about the chances of her children and grandchildren enjoying the winter weather and possible snow they could see in north Mississippi. (January 9, 2014, Page 4)

Vacation driving – watch out and be careful

Driving is still an integral part of most vacations. Editor Don Whitten, just back from a week motoring around the Southeast, takes a look at some of the concerns drivers need to have on the roads and at vacation spots these days. (June 24, 2013, Page 4A)

Take time now to learn about your past

Did your father or grandfather serve the country in the military? How did your parents meet? What is your family background? Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg warns that most of us are going to end up not knowing full answers to those questions if we don’t take the time now to learn about our past. (May 24, 2013, Page 4A)

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)

Election cycle revealed more about voters than pols

Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about the just-completed election cycle and how it showed more about voters than politicians, noting their drive to vote, to not being swayed by big-money influence and to paying attention to issues. (November 8, 2012, Page 4)

Grisham’s latest a real page-turner

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at best-selling author John Grisham’s just-released legal thriller, “The Racketeer,” a story about a jailed lawyer who fingers the killer of a federal judge to get out of prison and begin life in witness protection. It’s another page-turner, Whitten writes, and maybe one of the quickest reads of a Grisham work in several years. (October 26, 2012, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Mary Laura Bragg writes about a recent column on education in Florida, offering corrections to what she says are inaccuracies. (September 12, 2012, Page 4)

Take a look before following Bush’s ideas

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently urged Mississippi to follow the lead of his state in making changes in the education of children. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, who lived in Florida for many years before moving to Oxford, cautions that we should all take a closer look at what was done and what happened in Florida before we commit wholesale to Bush’s recommendations. (August 16, 2012, Page 4A)

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