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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mississippi

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to remind us that the first goal of most charter schools is to make a profit, and says that should be kept in mind when coming up with legislation allowing them in Mississippi. (February 22, 2012, Page 4)

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)

Pardon controversy has all kinds of angles

A wide range of emotions – surprise, anger, disappointment, concern, et cetera – have surrounded the news that former Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned or otherwise dealt with sentences for more than 200 people in his final days in office. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the issues that have citizens up in arms. (January 16, 2012, Page 4)

Animal abuse must stop now

Two more dog killings were reported in the last week or so, continuing a recent trend of local animal abuse. Staff writer Melanie Addington takes on the issue, sharing heartbreaking stories and information that will hopefully help bring an end to the problem. (January 12, 2012, Page 4)

The antidote to bullying is strong on policy

Remember those kids or groups of classmates you’d just as soon not have to pass by when you were growing up. What they were doing – bullying, whether we called it that or not – is as bad, if not worse, these days. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes on bullying to show that it’s something we have to tackle head on. (January 5, 2012, Page 4)

In the midst of a remarkable revival

News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look back at some highlights of the past 14 months, noting the decisions made in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community in late 2010 and 2011 will reverberate for years. Scott ties it all together to show what outsiders are learning about the community – it’s a pretty good place to live and work. (December 22, 2011, Page 4)

To sex ed or not to sex ed

Results are in from a Center for Mississippi Policy survey of parents across Mississippi about sex education in the schools, and Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the results and other things to consider as the local schools prepare to pick a program to implement. (December 16, 2011, Page 4A)

‘Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players’ a big hit

Do you like lists? You know, Top 10 lists, Top 20 lists, even Top 100 lists? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at local author/editor/publisher Neil White’s latest work, “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time.” The list, the extras and the photos make the book a must-see. (November 9, 2011, Page 4)

‘Just the facts’ doesn’t paint a pretty picture

You may not agree with Half in Ten’s ideas about how to cut the country’s poverty rate in half in the next 10 years but, as Editor Don Whitten points out, it’s all but impossible to argue with the numbers they present. (October 31, 2011, Page 4A)

More barriers at polls lead to fewer voters

The more people that vote, the better our democratic form of government works, right? Why then, News Editor Jonathan Scott asks, would we want to approve Initiative 27 which would make it more difficult for a number of voters across the state of Mississippi? Scott takes a look at the proposal and offers a suggestion if the measure passes next month. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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