How many times have you heard, “If I win the lottery I would …”?
Chances are, if you are from Mississippi, not very often. I grew up in Florida and turning 18 meant one thing — being able to play the lottery. It was one of the first things I did on my way to work on my birthday. I bought both a scratch off and a Florida Lotto ticket and, although I did not win that week’s lotto (or any week’s), the excitement was just as fun.
As a student, the lottery would be a great benefit for myself and my classmates. The game’s main purpose — besides allowing those lucky few to win large amounts of money — is to fund programs for education. With the current budget cuts and the rise in price of education, a lottery could help many students and schools with extra funding that is so desperately needed by many. (October 15, 2010, Page 1B)
With more news coming out about a 12-year-old girl’s free-fall from an amusement park thrill ride in Wisconsin earlier this summer, Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people choose to strap themselves in for such dangerous-looking rides, much less allow their youngsters to get on or in the ride. (August 20, 2010, Page 4A)
Most people I know do not realize I have not always lived in Mississippi. I lived in Florida up until I was about 4 years old. And one of my family’s favorite past times was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico — the Gulf that is now filled with millions of gallons of crude oil. (June 18, 2010, Page 2B)
THE GODFREY SHOW – Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey and his sidekick, young Banks, continue their analysis of the Rebels baseball team as they travel to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC Baseball Tournament where they discuss at length the Rebels chances in the post season. Tune in to Godfrey’s column this week and see if indeed he and Banks “blend in with actual, loyal fans.” (May 27, 2010, Page 8)
Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders how courts decide who’s really liable and who should pay when it comes to cases. Recent judgments leave him wondering how some get hit hard and others get off with a slap on the wrist. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)
THE GODFREY SHOW – This is Dexter McCluster. The waterbug. The scatback. The X-man. The Wild Rebel. The savior of an impostor offense in 2009. He’s also the undersized draft risk, an offensive tweener thought to be too small to withstand life as a primary (or even changeup/third down) tailback in the league and too much of an unknown at receiver. See what Godfrey has to say about Dexter’s draft chances on The Godfrey Show in this week’s Oxford Town. (April 15, 2010, Page 12)
Local columnist T.J. Ray says he’s still trying to wrap his head around all of the health care bill and issues, but he’s having problems when things like Pell grants for college students gets in the middle of the mix. (April 2, 2010, Page 4A)