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Questionable behavior by elected officials

Elected government officials are supposed to be representing us, right? News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about a couple of these officials and some recent actions that appear somewhat questionable, and he wonders if they’re aware of the perception and appearance many of their constituents are getting. (January 17, 2013, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Justin Cluck writes to urge citizens to become involved by looking into charter schools and proposed legislation and to let your representatives in Jackson know how you feel. (January 17, 2013, Page 4)

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      What about the failing charter schools?

      Former Mississippi state superintendent of schools and Oxonian Dick Boyd writes to ask if lawmakers are considering the results of failing charter schools along with the success stories, and he cites ratings from Ohio in his guest column. (January 16, 2013, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Barbara J. Smith of The Pantry writes to thank those groups and businesses who have helped The Pantry this past month and also to remind the public that the popular Empty Bowls fundraiser is coming up Feb. 7. (January 16, 2013, Page 4)

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          Sleet, freezing rain and snow – which, why?

          So how did we have temperatures below freezing most of the day Monday and it not snow? Why didn’t the precipitation that came down freeze and stay during the night? Editor Don Whitten recalls some research connected with a science project or two that gives us answers we can pass along to those asking those important questions this week. (January 15, 2013, Page 4)

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            It’s Awfully Hot Down Here

            The purpose of education, most agree, is to gain the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently – and accurately and correctly. Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates a story one of his students wrote that shows the importance of all of those factors in communication. (January 15, 2013, Page 4)

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              Is there an etiquette guide for cellphone use?

              Talking and texting while driving – we all know that’s wrong. Failing to silence your cellphones in church or the theater – that, too. But what about other times? Editor Don Whitten wonders if there’s an etiquette guide for cellphone use. (January 14, 2013, Page 4)

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                Governmental dementia

                If our government underwent a psychiatric investigation, what would be the diagnosis? Local columnist T.J. Ray, citing several examples, said it would probably be utter insanity or certainly dementia. (January 14, 2013, Page 4)

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                  Guns as targets in times of tragedy

                  Dr. Will Dabbs writes a guest column about gun use and gun control in light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, noting that there are issues that need to be dealt with rather than almost immediately seeking a gun ban. (January 11, 2013, Page 4A)

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                    Finding forgiveness through art

                    Staff Writer Melanie Addington looks at the variety of reasons that we create all types of art, including the possibility that creating art can serve as therapy for the artist. (January 10, 2013, Page 4)

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