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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mississippi

We can give up the big drinks, can’t we?

Banning the sale of large sugar-ladened drinks – is it government overreach or government help for the obese? Local columnist Deidra Jackson looks into the controversy and wonders if our concerns about obesity and health will make the message more important than the messenger. (June 21, 2012, Page 4)

Inspection time?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at vehicle inspections, wondering how many folks have it done when they’re supposed to and how much safer it makes the roads. (June 14, 2012, Page 4)

Avoiding sun can be about as harmful as sunbathing

Sun or no sun – that’s the question EAGLE staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has had to answer all her life with her fair complexion. The conundrum has continued with the sun harming her skin but also helping provide valuable vitamins, and she writes about dealing with something that’s there almost every day. (April 26, 2012, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Susan Kelly writes to thank all of the businesses and others who helped make the local Girl Scouts’ StoryWalk project a success, while Austin G. of Harlan, Iowa, writes to ask readers for help on his fifth-grade social studies project. (April 26, 2012, Page 4)

Yes, we like our charity events around here

Mississippians are known for giving, and those in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community must be among the best in the Magnolia State at that. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the popular local charity events after helping count votes for Best of Oxford. (April 16, 2012, Page 4)

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)

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