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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mississippi

Body cams for cops a win-win situation

The Oxford and University police departments already have body cameras in use. State Rep. Chuck Espy plans on introducing legislation next year that would help fund body cams around Mississippi. And President Barack Obama has called for $263 million to help law enforcement agencies around the country get body cams. We applaud all three and see equipping officers and those on patrol with body cams as good for the agencies and the public they serve. (December 17, 2014, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Pati D’Amico-Warren writes to say that it’s disappointing to hear that Megabus is not using Oxford as a hub any more because of lack of business and to note that’s another step backward for public transportation in Mississippi, while Jesus Soto writes to ask for assistance with an English project his California high school is doing on the Magnolia State. (December 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Let’s keep politics out of education

Common Core and its educational standards appear to be batted around like a beach ball between politicians and lawmakers in the coming months, and our view is that we need to leave politics out of education. (December 5, 2014, Page 4A)

Preparation key for early winter weather

It’s much cold much earlier than normal, and that means we have to be prepared sooner this year for the effects and issues that come with freezing temperatures. Everyone is urged to look after those who need extra help — the elderly, the young, pets and some plants — as an extended cold front moves through the area. (November 13, 2014, Page 4A)

The people speak; was anyone listening?

People around the country spoke with their votes Tuesday. The big question now, Editor Don Whitten writes, is what members of Congress and the administration will do in response to the message sent by voters. (November 5, 2014, Page 4A)

Local chapter shows growth of Mission Mississippi

Mississippi’s change over the years is due in great part to leadership from groups like Mission Mississippi, whose local chapter held a Leadership Prayer Luncheon on Thursday. We applaud the group’s mission and efforts. (November 2, 2014, Page 4A)

Is state becoming a more welcoming place?

News Editor Jonathan Scott, here during LGBT History Month, looks at the progress made in equal rights and civil rights for all Americans around the country and in Mississippi. (October 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Let’s keep working on unemployment

The numbers may be confusing at times, but it appears things are getting slightly better when it comes to decreasing unemployment rates. Our View is that we all need to keep working together, and the numbers should take care of themselves. (October 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Lower gas prices mean more spending money

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at dropping gas prices — it’s below $3.00 per gallon locally and down in the $2.70s in nearby towns — and how the money not spent on gasoline might turn out to be the key to boosting the economy. (October 20, 2014, Page 4)

Non-partisan voting works for judges, how about everyone?

We will be electing judges on a non-partisan ballot in November. Perhaps this is something we need to start using when we elect government officials at all levels. (September 28, 2014, Page 4A)

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