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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Opinion

Dealing with no-shows can be frustrating

There are two sides to the no-show situation and both sides must be responsible. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how many businesses handle the issue as well as how one set of parents who put on a lavish birthday party. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Local funding helps junior college students; national plan needs study

    President Barack Obama could just as easily have pointed at a plan supported locally that helps provide tuition assistance for junior college students as other areas of the country. The president’s plan to make junior college education free for all needs further study, but certainly sounds promising if it can be paid for. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Jim Shollenberger writes to say that Initiative 42 will help education in Mississippi by improving funding while the alternative offered by the Legislature offers little to nothing. The Lafayette-Oxford-University MLK Day of Service Planning Committee writes to thank all int he community who took part in Monday’s event. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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        What’s the real state of the union as we begin 2015?

        President Barack Obama will be fulfilling the charge given the president in Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution with his State of the Union talk tonight. With expectations that he will spend more time making proposals for Congress to consider, we offer some of the changes between now and a year ago to show how various areas compare. (January 20, 2015, Page 4)

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          What will the next budget pie look like?

          With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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            Let’s hope our leaders will actually lead

            With President Obama giving his State of the Union speech Tuesday and Congress moving along with its work, we are hopeful that we can see a bipartisan effort to effect changes that will help the country as a whole. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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              Tax increases affect some; ACA deadline affects others

              Publisher Tim Phillips takes a closer look at two subjects: tax increases that will affect many across the country and the looming deadline for signing up for insurance coverage under the Afordable Health Care Act. (January 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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                MLK Day of Service beckons all to help out

                Tomorrow, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, offers all of the community a chance to come together and help one another. (January 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Help is there when needed most

                  News Editor Jonathan Scott found out firsthand how helpful first-responders are when one of his vehicles caught fire recently. Scott tells the story of his problem and about all of the assistance he received. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Strict party-line voting usually leaves something to be desired

                    When lawmakers, at any level, vote strictly according to the party line, it makes us wonder if they’re interested in what’s best for everyone. We were disappointed to see that earlier this week in Jackson, and call on both parties to have productive debates and compromise more often. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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