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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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              Letters to the Editor

              Erika Berry writes to urge readers to look into public charter schools to see how they off alternatives for students who might be struggling at successful or unsuccessful districts around the state. (January 10, 2013, Page 4)

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                Paycheck envelopes a tad lighter this week

                Have you gotten your first paycheck in 2013 yet? If so, you noticed it was smaller. If not, get ready for the drop. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the 2 percent payroll tax for Social Security that’s hitting all employees. (January 9, 2013, Page 4)

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                  Discussing the cost of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi

                  David J. Dzielak, executive director of the state division of Medicaid, writes a guest column to give facts about the expansion of Medicaid and misconceptions about the cost of that expansion. (January 9, 2013, Page 4)

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                    Yes!

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates an imagined conversation with his mother as she gives him advice on overcoming lack of self-discipline, handling trials and tribulations, and earning what he wants during the upcoming year. (January 8, 2013, Page 4)

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