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Sunday, May 24, 2015

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High school graduation — there’s nothing like it for everyone involved

We congratulate the seniors from Regents School of Oxford, Water Valley High School and Lafayette High School who have already graduated and send the same wishes to Oxford youngsters who will be getting their diplomas this week. We also thank all of those who have worked to help these young ladies and gentleman attain this goal. (May 24, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Jackson Avenue crosswalk idea needs another look

    We’re not convinced at all that a crosswalk across East Jackson Avenue near the ongoing Jackson Row project is a good idea for drivers or pedestrians traveling the busy Oxford street, and we urge city officials and leaders to revisit their approval of the plan. (May 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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      We should wait for Vision 2037 report

      With the news that the Oxford Board of Alderman voted down a proposal from city planners to put a moratorium on some rezoning requests, we wonder about that decision’s ultimate effect on Vision 2037 planning and its relevance to planning the future of Oxford. We think we should listen to the people who do planning for a living, to the people we hired to help with that planning for the future. (May 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Hearings offer chance to hear more on Measure 42

        We applaud the decision by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to schedule not five, but eight, public hearings across the state for citizens to learn more about Initiative Measure 42 and Alternative Measure 42A dealing with funding for public education in Mississippi, and we encourage everyone to try to make one of the meetings so you are aware of all the issues before you vote in November. (May 20, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Teamwork the key to controlling litter

          The LOU community has so much to be proud of. Its litter problem, however, is something to be ashamed of. We call on all to to their part individually and collectively to clean up the trash and keep from dumping it on the roadways. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)

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            We need to learn from 20-20 views

            Hindsight is 20-20. That’s why so many of our presidential hopefuls seem to now feel they can admit the Iraq War was a mistake years after most Americans came to the same conclusion. Now we hope these same leaders can think about another saying as they govern us: Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it (May 18, 2015, Page 4)

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              Bullying numbers better, but there’s still work to do

              The U.S. Department of Education released numbers that show that 22 percent of students ages 12-18 say they have been bullied. That’s the lowest percentage in a decade, which is good news, but there’s still room for improvement and we call on our schools, parents, students and family members to work to drop that percentage even more. (May 17, 2015, Page 4A)

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                New projects look like what planners want

                Much of the discussion at vision 2037 meetings recently involved local housing and development, and it appears a couple of local developers were listening to based on their plans for a couple of projects. It will take more open discussions and communication to help make sure the landscape of Oxford is what it should be in future years. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Low voter turnout needs to improve

                  Just over 18 percent of Lafayette County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election for the 1st Congressional District seat. That’s better than the turnout of less than 12 percent for a similar election in 2008, but still much less than than we would like to see. We encourage all to exercise their right to vote June 2 when the polls are open again to decide a runoff between Walter H. Zinn Jr. and Trent Kelly. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)

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                    It’s ‘calm period’ time; enjoy it

                    We encourage newcomers to the community to enjoy this quiet and calm period between the end of the spring semester and the start of summer school at the University of Mississippi. Take advantage of less traffic, shorter lines and more options. (May 13, 2015, Page 4)

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