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Middle East

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes about Fox News anchor Megan Kelly’s recent comments about Jesus and Santa Claus and notes that she’s not about to let facts get in the way of her talking points. (December 17, 2013, Page 4)

Let’s be cautious – but not because Putin says so

It appears there could be a settlement in the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria. Maybe. Editor Don Whitten looks at the ongoing situation and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recently op-ed piece in The New York Times and urges caution regardless of what’s being said or written. (September 16, 2013, Page 4A)

UN involvement in Syria not very impressive

The United Nations may end up being involved in the conflict over chemical weapons use in Syria, but not because of quick, decisive action on its part. Editor Don Whitten writes about the international governing body’s action – or inaction – and how it affects the United States’ eventual moves in the Middle East. (September 11, 2013, Page 4)

Syria – do we really want to get involved?

What do you know about Syria – other than the fact that it’s the center of controversy and could spark military action from the United States and U.N.? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the situation and wonders if this is the time to be getting involved in another military action. (August 29, 2013, Page 4)

Home is where the heart is

Meek School of Journalism and New Media Dean Will Norton Jr. recently traveled to Lebanon with Dr. Samir Husni (Mr. Magazine to most), and writes about their visit to Husni’s homeland and thoughts about returning to the LOU community – Husni’s home now. (July 27, 2012, Page 4A)

$3 a gallon gas is better, but why not $2?

It’s always good to see gasoline prices fall, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we haven’t gotten too accustomed to higher prices if we think a drop to $3 is that good. He takes a look at the effect of high gas prices and wonders if we’ll ever see $2 a gallon fuel again. (October 3, 2011, Page 4A)

Summertime fun in Oxford

Columnist Joanne Wilkinson is no fan of the heat during summer, however, she does enjoy many of Oxford’s events during the summer months. (June 17, 2011, Page 1B)

Bin Laden celebration too much or too early?

You knew it was big news when a presidential news conference is announced at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. And it was big news – terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The reaction across the country and in most of the world has been that of euphoria, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we are celebrating and partying a bit too much and a bit too soon. (May 2, 2011, Page 4A)

Youngster’s song brings out the worst in critics

Rebecca Black. “It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday.” Ring a bell now? Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg takes a closer look at the Internet uproar caused by a 13-year-old’s music video, and wonders if we aren’t being a bit too critical of the youngster and of something that’s not that important in the scheme on things. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

An Arab-American’s notes on the Egyptian revolution

Lee Habeeb’s guest column, which originally ran in the Washington Examiner, gives a local perspective on unrest in the Middle East. Habeeb points out similarities and differences between Arabs and writes that lasting peace is the ultimate goal for all concerned. (March 2, 2011, Page 4)

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