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Learn From The Birds

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about how nature – and birds, specifically – show us all about love and commitment. (February 14, 2012, Page 4)

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    ‘Healthier’ lunches not the only answer

    The USDA has issued new guidelines for school meals, but even those healthier lunches and snacks aren’t pleasing everyone. Editor Don Whitten recalls the food in the lunchroom from years ago and wonders if the answer to battling obesity in our youngsters lies more with activity than food guidelines. (February 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Secret shopping can be fun – unless it’s a scam

      Scams involving repair work, inheritance, lotteries and work-at-home schemes are very common. Editor Don Whitten has come across another one – scams involving secret shoppers – to warn readers about. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Tracie Russell writes, on behalf of the Lafayette Endowment Fund for Education, to thank Knit1 and those involved with the Fiber Festival for helping raise funds to help local schools, while Robert M. Pugh writes to point out the support Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Alan Nunnelee have for community health centers. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)

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          We all have to deal with higher prices

          Who’s one of the friendliest, most helpful, most philanthropic people you know? Your neighborhood grocer. But even they can’t hold the line forever as prices for everyday grocery and food items continue to climb. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how prices are climbing and are expected to keep rising in 2012. (February 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Barbara J. Smith of The Pantry writes to thank those who helped in January and to remind all of The Pantry’s big fundraiser – Empty Bowls – set for Thursday at O-U United Methodist Church. (February 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Are times a-changin’ in LOU community?

              Editor Don Whitten wonders if there’s a new era of cooperation between local entities in the city, county and university coming on with talk of expansion of tennis courts in Oxford. (February 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Mr. Pat – one of our community’s icons

                How did you first come to know Robert L. “Mr. Pat” Patterson? In his work with FCA? With the Kiwanis Club? As the bailiff at the courthouse? As a softball umpire? At church? At an Ole Miss ballgame? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the relationships we’ve had with the man who’s been a local icon for longer than most of us have been around. (February 1, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Who’s Colored?

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls some wise words from his mentor, Jaybird, and American writer Thomas Dreier as they taught him about equality and color. (January 31, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Numbers – telling a story, provoking thought

                    Numbers and statistics are almost always part of sports stories. Editor Don Whitten saw some interesting figures that have nothing to do with sports, and he writes about them in relation to what Mississippi is spending to house, feed and take care of prisoners, parolees and offenders on probation. (January 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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