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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Don Whitten

Shopping’s too early — but we’ll be there!

Surveys show that most three-quarters of us think Christmas shopping begins too early, but most of us will be out there doing our part to finish our shopping early and to spend more money. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a couple of recent Rasmussen polls and what they say about our Christmas shopping habits. (November 26, 2014, Page 4A)

Some cultural differences hard to swallow

Variety is the spice of life. Editor Don Whitten wonders, though, how much variety we can take as he looks at one particular “local” medical treatment in South America that doesn’t sound like it would be very popular around here. (November 24, 2014, Page 4)

Lower fuel prices lower costs — sometimes

Lower oil prices and less demand mean lower prices at the gas pumps. However, as Editor Don Whitten notes, lower jet fuel costs don’t necessarily mean lower airline ticket prices. (November 19, 2014, Page 4A)

Dealing with increasing college costs

It shouldn’t have been a shock to see the College Board’s recent report that college costs continue to rise. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at college costs and funding. (November 17, 2014, Page 4)

‘The Best, the Only and the Unexpected’

Did you get your Hammacher Schlemmer catalog yet? Have you ever seen a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog? Editor Don Whitten takes readers on a trip through the iconic mail-order business’ latest catalog and some of the unique gift possibilities it offers. (November 12, 2014, Page 4A)

Grisham returns with issue-oriented novel

Best-selling author John Grisham’s fall release — “Gray Mountain” — is on the shelf, and it features a female attorney and takes on the issue of coal mining and mining safety. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Grisham’s latest for those who want a preview before they get a copy. (November 10, 2014, Page 4)

The people speak; was anyone listening?

People around the country spoke with their votes Tuesday. The big question now, Editor Don Whitten writes, is what members of Congress and the administration will do in response to the message sent by voters. (November 5, 2014, Page 4A)

Passing along some of life’s key lessons

Have you taught your kids or grandkids some of life’s crucial lessons? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the lessons getting skipped these days, including the likes of how to change a tire, how to jump off a car with a dead battery, how to turn water valves off, et cetera. (November 3, 2014, Page 4)

Parking meters: Good deeds or good luck?

Good Samaritan or city revenue producer. Editor Don Whitten is trying to decide if he should continue to help out downtown parkers whose meters are about to expire or just let them alone and boost the city coffers from the tickets and fines that would follow. (October 29, 2014, Page 4A)

Political signs have their place

So far, there appears no need to call out the “Sign Ninjas.” Editor Don Whitten looks at election campaign signs and where they’re supposed to be. (October 27, 2014, Page 4)

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