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Embrace assumptions and draw the wrong conclusions

It’s probably surprising the number of times we just assume that something we hear, read or think just isn’t that way. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a few of those assumptions you might get from just skimming the headlines, and warns that we need to watch our perceptions a bit closer. (April 14, 2011, Page 4)

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    Federal tax burden numbers disturbing

    Did you realize that nearly half of American households will owe nothing to the federal government in income tax for 2010, and some of them will actually get back more money than they paid in because of tax credits? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how that happens and wonders if a solution might eliminate some of the factions developing in the country. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Longtime local physician Dr. Purves McLaurin gives his perspective on the local hospital and health care scene, citing changes through the years and urging all to look ahead to tomorrow’s great advancements. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

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        Masters at their craft

        Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks, an avid sports fans who just recently took up golf, committed to following the 2011 Masters from start to finish, and he came away with an even better appreciation for the game of golf and for those who play it at the highest level. (April 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Teaching saving tougher for parents these days

          There are things parents teach, or attempt to teach, their children. One involves money – earning it, saving it, spending it, giving it to the needy, et cetera. Teaching saving, Editor Don Whitten writes, is getting tougher and tougher, especially with savings producing little to no return that would provide motivation and incentive. (April 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Juanita Boutin writes to remind everyone thinking about purchasing “Easter animals” that they are not toys but pets that must be taken care of. (April 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Between a rock and a hard place

              Smithsonian. Yosemite. Veterans. Educators. Poor. Sick. These are just some of the places and people who will be impacted directly if lawmakers in Washington can’t reach an agreement today to prevent a government shutdown. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the issue, including budget cuts that are being proposed. (April 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Annan to talk about faith, dealing with adversity

                Disaster comes in all shapes and sizes. Bad things happen. And we have to deal with adversity. Haiti Partners co-director Kent Annan, who’s speaking this weekend in Oxford, has seen more than his share of adversity as he helps the people of Haiti. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Annan’s work, including how he helps those in need ask and answer the tough questions about faith. (April 6, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Maverick

                  Maverick. To many, they’re unorthodox, non-conformist and independent-minded. To others, they swim upstream as they seek new truths and disprove old ones. Local columnist Jimmy Reed, a self-proclaimed maverick, tells the story of one of the all-time mavericks, Albert Einstein. (April 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    How good are you at remembering years?

                    What year did the Oklahoma City bombing take place? When did man first walk on the moon? When did O-U Stadium open? Here’s one more, one that some 30 percent of respondents in a recent survey couldn’t get: What year did the 9/11 terrorist attacks take place? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how we can remember lots of events just as if they were yesterday, but we can’t recall the year they took place. How’s your memory? (April 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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