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Learning more about caucuses, primaries

Iowa just had its Republican caucuses, while New Hampshire holds a primary next week. What’s the difference? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the process states go through to allocate delegates for candidates at the national conventions, including how things are done in Mississippi. (January 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Should political parties be dissolved?

    Local columnist T.J. Ray passes along an article and poem printed back in 1949 and follows it by wondering if political parties, both the Democrats and Republicans, are to blame for things and maybe should be dissolved. (December 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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      The Windy State? It’s possible, but unlikely

      Most people have heard of the Windy City – Chicago. Is it possible that the Windy City is about to become the Windy State? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the proposal of a state legislator in Illinois to make Cook County and Chicago the 51st state. (November 30, 2011, Page 4)

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        My government recognizes me – well, sort of

        Local columnist T.J. Ray writes to show that his government does know who he is with the recent “prize” he received in the mail. (November 24, 2011, Page 4A)

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          We all need to help improve Congress

          Congress, according to national polls, isn’t doing a very good job at all these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the problem and how we, as citizens, can help improve production from our lawmakers in Washington. (October 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Harry Alexander writes to say that plans for a BMX track are just one example of how we’ve gotten off course as far as what the role of the government is, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank those involved with helping the Pantry help the community. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Brian W. Pray writes to give another thought about what the city – and county – should do with the windfall from the sale of the hospital, while Harley Garrett writes to say that the government has too much power and we should be taking it back. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Letters to the Editor

                David Smith writes to take note of the ongoing conflicts between politicians with one side seeming to oppose the other regardless of the issue, and he urges all to drop their rigid ideology and work for the good of all. (August 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Patti C. Harris writes about the National Popular Vote pact and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other issues and wonders if all of the irreconcilable differences might mean that a divorce is best for America. (June 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Neither major party really gets it

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray received a form letter the other day asking for contributions and support for one of our major political parties. That sparked Ray to ponder both major parties and how neither one completely fills most folks wish lists. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

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