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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Washington D.C.

Vote Tuesday!

Don’t look for reasons not to vote. Instead, look for reasons to go to the polls Tuesday to help select the next U.S. representative for this district. (May 11, 2015, Page 4)

All politicians need is some Play-Doh

City Editor Alyssa Schnugg used Play-Doh to reach a compromise between two granddaughters with different agendas lately, and she wonders if perhaps we might send a case or two of Play-Doh to Jackson and Washington D.C. to help our leaders work out their differences. (March 26, 2015, Page 4)

Let’s fix the fixable part of Obamacare

There are parts of any program run at the federal level that have to be tweaked, and it’s obvious one involves the sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act. We call on all involved to make the changes to overlap the sign-up period with the federal income tax filing period since proof of insurance and the penalties for not having insurance are handled through tax returns. (February 17, 2015, Page 4)

Lawmakers face tough questions, votes

Should lawmakers vote as their constituents feel? Or should they vote their conscience or perhaps according to the party line? Or maybe, the main consideration is getting re-elected or elected to a higher office. We would like to see our representatives, at all levels, just do their job — which is to represent their constituents as they said they’d do when we elected them. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

Lawmakers and education — who needs the public?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at education issues in Mississippi and how some are being handled by state lawmakers and other interest groups. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

Lawmakers know we’re watching; they’ll be listening, too

Our view, with midterm national elections last fall and statewide elections coming up this year, is that our state and national lawmakers will be a little more attentive to our needs in upcoming sessions. We urge all to watch what’s happening in Jackson and Washington D.C. and let your senators and representatives know how you feel about pending legislation. (January 5, 2015, Page 4)

The people speak; was anyone listening?

People around the country spoke with their votes Tuesday. The big question now, Editor Don Whitten writes, is what members of Congress and the administration will do in response to the message sent by voters. (November 5, 2014, Page 4A)

Former ‘Water Valley man’ writes mystery

Neely Tucker, one of the first Oxford EAGLE reporters to cover government, education, sports, et cetera in Water Valley in the mid-1980s, has written his debut novel, a mystery titled “The Ways of the Dead.” Editor Don Whitten looks at Tuckers travels since writing for The EAGLE and reviews Tucker’s book. (July 7, 2014, Page 4)

Recalling JFK’s death from a child’s perspective

News Editor Jonathan Scott thinks back to 50 years ago and his memories surrounding the death and burial of President John F. Kennedy, noting how television played such a role in creating and sustaining memories, good and bad, for all of us. (November 22, 2013, Page 4A)

Radical plan might get lawmakers working

Editor Don Whitten wonders if more radical measures might be helpful in getting the House and Senate to settle some of their differences. The plan? Something involving canned meat, crackers and locked doors. (October 3, 2013, Page 4)

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