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Monday, May 25, 2015

Don Whitten

Jim Martin — er, Smith — will be missed

Those who’ve known him since his days in school at Lafayette know him as Jim Smith. Those who only know him through more than three decades as a local radio personality know him as Jim Martin. Either way, Jim, who passed away late last week, will be missed by all who enjoyed the way he practiced his craft on the radio. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)

Strengthening your memory with memories

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how our memory banks fill up with time, and writes about how recalling memories — through pictures, books, TV shows, movies, et cetera — seems to strengthen the memory process. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)

Do the little things, and the big will follow

You’ve heard the advice before: take care of the little things and the big things usually take care of themselves. Editor Don Whitten looks at how the Ole Miss men’s basketball team has turned that philosophy into winning ways this season, and then gives examples of how we all can do that for ourselves. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

We hope you enjoy today’s Profile 2015

Today’s Oxford EAGLE includes a special treat for readers and advertisers — a closer look at our Lafayette-Oxford-University community, its character and some of the “characters” that make this such a special place. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Profile 2015, today’s special section that includes feature stories and pictures for figures around the city, county and campus. (February 22, 2015, Page 4A)

Power brokers in Mississippi politics

Who’s the most powerful political figure in Mississippi? Gov. Phil Bryant? Sen. Thad Cochran? Or perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Editor Don Whitten writes about the privileges and duties of the lieutenant governor in Mississippi in making the point that Reeves is certainly near the top of the list. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)

Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

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)

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)

Approving an initiative can be a challenge

Editor Don Whitten tries to explain the initiative process and requirements in Mississippi by making a comparison to a bill that would make the Monday after the Super Bowl a federal holiday. (February 4, 2015, Page 4A)

Take any, and all, precautions with the flu

Editor Don Whitten urged readers, last fall, to get their flu shots. Now, back at work after an entended bout with the flu — that wasn’t stopped by his shot — he writes about taking any and all efforts to ward off the illness. (February 1, 2015, Page 4A)

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