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Saturday, April 18, 2015


Let’s get every school a literacy coach, more assistants

It’s good news to hear from the Mississippi Department of Education that 78 literacy coaches have been added for schools around the state. It would be great news if we could hear that every elementary school had its needs met with these reading coaches as well as with helpful teacher assistants. (April 17, 2015, Page 4A)

Shipman win levels playing field in voting for initiative

We commend Oxford’s Adrian Shipman for her courage and resourcefulness in standing up for Initiative 42, and feel that her victory in court should serve to make the options a bit clearer to Mississippi voters this fall. (April 8, 2015, Page 4A)

‘Tax Freedom Day’ here for Mississippians

Saturday was “Tax Freedom Day” in Mississippi — the day when the taxpayers in our state have collectively earned enough money to pay their federal, state and local tax bill for the year. We’re glad to see that our states is one of the first to reach that mark, but it does come early because of some problems we’d probably rather overcome such as low incomes and low property value in many areas. (April 5, 2015, Page 4A)

OIS sixth-grader places 2nd in state geography bee

Oxford Intermediate School’s sixth-grader Edmund Doerksen placed second in the 27th annual Mississippi Geographic Bee held this past weekend. (March 31, 2015)

Pathway to growth through university system

Aubrey Patterson writes a “Your Turn” column discussing the state’s colleges and universities and the important they hold to the state’s future. (March 17, 2015, Page 4)

Spring weather during spring break would be nice

Spring break is underway for the local schools and we’d love to see something much closer to spring weather than the snowstorm we got two weeks ago and the ice storm that hit last week. (March 8, 2015, Page 4A)

Rep. Mayo’s state income tax bill getting lots of looks

Oxford state Rep. Brad Mayo and two fellow Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would eventually eliminate the state income tax in Mississippi, and that bill is getting a lot of attention around the state. We have the same questions as everyone else: will the numbers actually work and, if they don’t , how will things get paid for? (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

State Reps’ funding move very disturbing

Local columnist T.J. Ray reacts to word that the Mississippi House of Representatives didn’t come anywhere near fully funding education for the upcoming fiscal year. (February 19, 2015, Page 4A)

Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

William N. Beckwith writes about supporting the ballot initiative about cannabis infractions, noting there will be an event Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall offering citizens a chance to sign papers asking to put the issue on the ballot next year. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

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