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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jackson

Where are the chips?

Local columnist T.J. Ray relates a recent visit to a restaurant and his follow-up letter to management in pointing out that we should take the time to tell store and restaurant owners and managers both the good and the bad about their business and service. (May 6, 2013, Page 4A)

Looking at speeding cops, lawmakers and taxes

Editor Don Whitten offers some answers and opinions about recent questions he’s received, touching on subjects such as why cops seem to speed a lot, why so many laws are introduced but not passed each year, how taxes are collected on lotteries and Ole Miss football recruiting. (February 11, 2013, Page 4)

Questionable behavior by elected officials

Elected government officials are supposed to be representing us, right? News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about a couple of these officials and some recent actions that appear somewhat questionable, and he wonders if they’re aware of the perception and appearance many of their constituents are getting. (January 17, 2013, Page 4)

Gasoline-pricing pattern changing?

After seeing gasoline prices higher in several nearby communities and also on the way to and from the Jackson area over the Thanksgiving holiday, Editor Don Whiten wonders if pricing patterns are ahead which will signal lower prices in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. (November 28, 2012, Page 4)

Roadside memorials can have even more meaning

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about roadside memorials – crosses, flowers, monuments, et cetera – that are put in place to memorialize those who have died in auto accidents at those spots, and suggests that we can honor the lives lost by using the memorials as a warning to slow down and drive carefully. (October 11, 2012, Page 4)

Gasoline prices confusing to newcomer

A newcomer to our community didn’t understand the big difference in local gas prices and those in nearby towns, so he called Editor Don Whitten for some information. The answer, Whitten told him, is not a simple one – if there is one at all. (June 11, 2012, Page 4)

Use common sense before, during vacations

Getting ready for that summer vacation? Editor Don Whitten passes along a checklist of things to do (and not do) when you’re traveling, whether near or far or whether for a couple of days or a week or two. (June 8, 2012, Page 4A)

Democrats to select executive committee members Saturday

Lafayette County Democrats get a chance to vie for their spot on the Mississippi Democratic Part Executive Committee Saturday and become involved in this year’s presidential election. (February 16, 2012, Page 2)

Numbers – telling a story, provoking thought

Numbers and statistics are almost always part of sports stories. Editor Don Whitten saw some interesting figures that have nothing to do with sports, and he writes about them in relation to what Mississippi is spending to house, feed and take care of prisoners, parolees and offenders on probation. (January 27, 2012, Page 4A)

Aldermen hopefuls can begin to qualify

Those Oxford residents living in Ward 6 who feel they have what it takes to represent their neighbors on the Board of Aldermen, can begin qualifying for the election on Feb. 14 to replace former alderman Brad Mayo who resigned after winning the November election to become Oxford’s representative in the House of Representatives. (January 4, 2012, Page 1)

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