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Lafayette County

How do you pick your answers, candidates?

When picking an answer on a quiz or voting in an election, did you realize you’re more likely to pick the first option if you’re not very sure about which to pick? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that slight edge and its effect on elections. (October 12, 2011, Page 4)

Censorship, not controversial art, is in bad taste

The business of using ideology to deny people and programs much-needed money is, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes, getting old. Jackson brings the issue from the national stage with FEMA to locally with the Board of Supervisors pulling funding for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 6, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

J. Gabriel Scala writes to express the sadness and disappointment that local non-profit VOX Press felt after learning that the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors had voted to pull funding for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, while Claire Kiamie writes to express thanks to members of the community who helped make the recent Rally for a Cure such a success. (October 6, 2011, Page 4)

Changes could help lame duck supervisors situation

Lame duck officials – those not re-elected to their current office but serving until new officials take office – are part of life and government. Editor Don Whitten offers a solution to dealing with the issue as he calls for changes in the fiscal year or when newly elected officials take office. (September 5, 2011, Page 4A)

In local elections, every single vote does count

Think your vote doesn’t matter? Not so, says Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg as she points out the close local races decided by less than 50 votes and one in Yalobusha County decided by eight votes. (August 25, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Jerry N. Boone writes to say that the city and county boards should look for the best ways to use the windfall from the sale of the hospital to give relief to taxpayers, while Linda L. Norwood writes to say that we need to return to the days of doing things for the greater good. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Terry Jean Williams-Buffington writes to comment on the recent closure of the Domestic Violence Project home and to urge citizens to work together to save the shelter. (August 2, 2011, Page 4)

Politics as usual? These days, it’s politics unusual

Has politics changed? And is it winning? Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about the gamesmanship and inflexibility that’s taken over the process and wonders how the vast majority will end up having to deal with what’s ahead. (July 28, 2011, Page 4A)

Deciding who or what gets into the Crime Report

Oxford Eagle Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, who covers courts and crime, receives lots of emails and calls asking why – or why not – something or someone made it into the daily crime report. Schnugg explains the newspaper’s policy and gives a bit of background for readers who might be wondering. (July 21, 2011, Page 4)

Clearing up some election misinformation

With the August primaries less than two weeks away, it’s time for people to start deciding who they will cast ballots for. Editor Don Whitten reminds readers about the importance of voting while also taking on a few bits of misinformation or misunderstandings that some voters might have about their votes. (July 20, 2011, Page 4A)

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