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Celebrate Madison, but also FOI pioneers, heroes

Guest columnist Jeanni Atkins, a journalism professor at Ole Miss and the executive director of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, writes about National Freedom of Information Day, founding father James Madison and the importance of freedom of the press as part of celebrating Sunshine Week. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Jim Shollenberger writes to express his frustration with all the “carping” about the proposed location of the new hospital, and he suggests that it’s time to allow Baptist to do its due diligence and see what happens. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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      Leave Lyndo Alone

      The things we do as youngsters in the name of growing up and having our clubs! Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his days in the “Mohicans” and how they involved a youngster named Lyndo in an initiation rite that put him right in the middle of a “waust” mess. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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        Glad to be living in the 21st century

        Sinus infections and colds are one thing; pneumonia is a completely different animal. Editor Don Whitten talks about dealing with the illness that, he points out, would have killed his grandparents and put his parents in the hospital. With modern medicine and the good health care we have in the 21st century, however, it can be dealt with. (March 14, 2011, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Joanne and Mark Wilkinson write to thank Alyssa Schnugg and others at The Oxford EAGLE for the excellent coverage of the ongoing hospital site issue, while Edwin C. LeGrand III writes to remind people that March is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month. (March 10, 2011, Page 4)

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            Three of this, three of that – lots of threes

            Remember the saying that “good things come in threes”? Start thinking about that just a bit and you can really see a list start to grow of things with three members, three parts, three words, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten makes out his list, from TV networks to musical groups to sports connections, and then wonders if readers might have a few more to add. (March 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Mickey and Mary Smith write to recognize the city employees who help keep Oxford beautiful, while North Mississippi Regional Center Director Sandy A. Rogers writes to express the concern NMRC has about the possible relocation of the local hospital to a site west of Oxford. (March 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Knowing first hand how helpful the Red Cross is

                Just the smell of smoke from a structure fire is enough to give Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg flashbacks to the night years ago when her house caught fire. She and her family got out safely, and it was the Red Cross volunteer who showed up to help them through the first hours and days of the tragedy that she remembers as she urges everyone to support, and get involved with, their local Red Cross unit. (March 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Nancy J. Smith writes to complain about annoying phone calls from candidates at election time as well as seeing campaign signs left up after the election, while Mark Camarigg writes to thank the local residents and businesses who helped make the 8th annual Blues Symposium a big success. (March 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Whitewashing American history hurtful to all

                    Do you remember the epic TV presentation “Roots” from the late-1970s? Perhaps you’ve seen it since and felt its impact. Local columnist Deidra Jackson recalls when she saw the series and wonders about how we don’t seem to have many insightful, educational and entertaining things like that to teach history to the youth of today. With political correctness and other factors, she wonders if we’re not whitewashing our history, which does no one any real good. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)

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