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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mississippi

Earmarks and communicating with lawmakers

Are you bothered a bit by some of the earmarks that senators and representatives are involved with? Why don’t you contact them and let them know what you think? That’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds – or should be – as local columnist T.J. Ray explains. (July 13, 2010, Page 4A)

Xeriscaping makes for easy, attractive yards

Lafayette County Master Gardener Susan Boehm writes about planning for the summer’s dry heat by planting native plants that are accustomed to living in the climate. She discusses the benefits of xeriscaping in addition to giving reminders and tips around gardening in the month of May. (May 7, 2010, Page 3B)

Asian doctor returns to Mississippi roots

Dr. Son Lam, the son of Chinese shop owners in Saigon, came to the United States as a little boy when his family was sponsored by Tate Street Baptist Church in Corinth. Today, he practices with Oxford Nephrology Associates. Lucy Schultze visits with Lam in this week’s “A Conversation With …” (May 6, 2010, Page 3)

I Hope They Starve

Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes on those who don’t like much about our state, our region or our country, but don’t mind living here. He suggests they live elsewhere and see how well they fare. (May 4, 2010, Page 4)

Everybody remembers turning 15, 18, 21, 30 …

Editor Don Whitten writes about the notable birthdays we all celebrate, citing those we are anxious to have and those we dread showing up. A look at the milestone marks in life shows the divisions in time. (April 29, 2010, Page 4)

Cost of death penalty

With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)

Obstacles to being informed about government

Guest columnist Jeanni Atkins, executive director of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information and a professor in the University of Mississippi school of journalism, marks an important week in discussing opening government and meetings by writing about problems and solutions in the state and country for public records and public access. (March 17, 2010, Page 4A)

Spring looks like it’s just around the corner

Spring doesn’t officially start until the end of next week, but there are plenty of signs popping up around the community that it’s going to be on time this year. Editor Don Whitten gives us some of the sights and sounds that signal that spring is just about here. (March 11, 2010, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Fred Brown questions why state legislators and government officials hire state biologists and then don’t seem to always follow their advice when it comes to hunting laws and guidelines, while Edwin C. LeGrand III urges Mississippians to find out more about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during March which is IDD Month. (March 9, 2010, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Jean M. Shaw of the Homeless Task Force thanks members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community for attending a meeting about the local homeless problem, while Oxford Lions Club treasurer John Mulkey asks the community to help the club raise funds for local members of the Mississippi Lions Club All-State Band who will be traveling to Australia this summer. (February 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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