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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mississippi

Why start school later? Tourism? Heat?

The starting date for public schools has been moving up closer and closer to the first of August in recent years, but a measure going through the state Legislature would push it back to the third week in August. Editor Don Whitten looks at the pros and cons of going back to a later starting date. (April 13, 2012, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Campbell McCool writes to point out the value of a strong public high school and to encourage all in the community to help do whatever it takes to have one – even to the point of holding another bond referendum for the needed funds. (April 6, 2012, Page 4A)

Biker’s death reveals need for toxicology tests

Last fall’s death of cyclist Kevser Ermin on Highway 314 is apparently a closed case, but News Editor Jonathan Scott still has questions about the incident. Scott writes about some of those questions as well as the hope that laws will be changed about mandatory toxicology testing for those involved in all motor vehicle wrecks that result in death or serious injury. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)

‘Cheesy grits’ have more substance than GOP agenda

Notice how grits seem to be part of any national political conversation about Mississippi? Those grits, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes, have more substance than most of what Mississippians and others have been hearing from the men running for the Republican nomination for president. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)

How many politicians did you hear from?

Mitt called. So did Nancy and Rick and even the guv. Editor Don Whitten writes about his weekend  talking – no, make that listening – to politicians via the magic of robo calls. (March 12, 2012, Page 4A)

Celebrate women today

Staff Writer Melanie Addington writes about women’s rights and progress as we celebrate International Women’s Day. (March 8, 2012, Page 4)

Home help the key to any school’s success

Charter schools tops conversation these days at most water coolers and coffee shops in Mississippi so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the issue and says there’s more to helping Johnny learn to read than different kinds of schools. (February 24, 2012, Page 4A)

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)

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