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Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Reading instruction, retention plans example of unfunded mandate

We’ve tackled the issue of unfunded mandates in public education before, and continue to see that problem affecting students, teachers and schools in Mississippi. The latest example concerns the unfunded, or under-funded, mandate to have third-graders reading on grade level before they can be promoted to the fourth grade. We call on state lawmakers to come up with the money necessary to implement fully this important program and requirement. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Linda Spence writes to wish all a Happy Valentine’s Day and to hope that all look at the possibilities that await them. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Lawmakers and education — who needs the public?

      Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at education issues in Mississippi and how some are being handled by state lawmakers and other interest groups. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Bad winter weather much milder around here

        Bad weather is relative, Editor Don Whitten points out. People in the South are concerned about temperatures in the 30s with winds 10-20 mph on Thursday. In the Northeast, they’re worried about another big snow added on to the long winter and big drifts they already have. (February 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Soup of the day options help make Empty Bowls successful

          The Soup of the Day at most restaurants offers one choice, sometimes two. Thursday, however, the Soup of the Day options number nearly two dozen at Empty Bowls, the popular fundraiser that’s held at Oxford-University United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (February 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Buckle up! It saves lives

            We urge everyone who rides in a vehicle to take note of the senseless traffic deaths this past weekend attributed to not wearing seat belts, and make sure you buckle up! (February 10, 2015, Page 4)

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              The Long Run

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the move to legalize marijuana, noting that we should be looking at the long-term effects rather than the short-term gains. (February 10, 2015, Page 4)

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                Brian Williams’ words may prove costly

                Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a new word in his vocabulary — conflating — and how it relates to NBC News anchor Brian Williams and his problems after apparently telling several different stories about an incident 12 years ago when he was covering news in the Middle East. (February 9, 2015, Page 4)

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                  The eye in the sky is watching everywhere

                  While many might argue that video cameras located on private and public property invade our privacy, there’s also an argument to be made that they help protect our rights and help in dealing with problems. We applaud local officials for placing video cameras and systems around the community. (February 9, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Super Bowl hero shows value of hard work, determination

                    Publisher Tim Phillips takes a look at the life and challenges that Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler of Vicksburg has faced, noting that Butler is a great example to the youth of today that you can live out your dreams. (February 8, 2015, Page 4A)

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