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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don Whitten

Education funding hinges on ballot box

Thousands and thousands of Mississippians have signed petitions to place a referendum on the ballot in 2015 that would require complete funding of MAEP. That’s the first step; now we have to see how many people will go to the polls and vote for something that might raise their taxes or cut other services they want, too. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the issue which serves a good purpose — the education of our children — but promises to bring more discussion before it’s all said and done. (October 12, 2014, Page 4A)

Is there a downside to technology?

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the possibility that technology can be a concern, wondering how you balance the advantages and improvements with the loss of low-skilled and low-paying jobs. (October 8, 2014, Page 4A)

Unlikely duo shares recovery program

Singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams and screenwriter Tracey Jackson are in Oxford this week to promote their self-help book, “Gratitutde & Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Williams and Jackson and their journey to write the inspirational book. (October 1, 2014, Page 4A)

So how much do you know about GameDay

GameDay is coming. Finally. Chris and Herb and Lee and the gang will be set up in, or near, the Grove Saturday morning to make Oxford and Ole Miss the center of college football. Editor Don Whitten relates a conversation he had about GameDay, including some questions and answers that might prove interesting. (September 29, 2014, Page 4)

You have to protect your hard-earned money

As more and more major retailers announce problems with their credit/debt systems and having hackers and ID thieves gain access to information, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at ways we can guard our crucial information — and our money. (September 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Getting along despite our differences

A move by many in Scotland to declare independence from the United Kingdom fell short in a vote, but it’s indicative of how regional differences within smaller areas can overflow into politics. Editor Don Whitten looks at divisions mentioned in the United States and even wonders how some of the distinct regions in Mississippi have learned to get along so well. (September 22, 2014, Page 4)

Taxi drivers have to pass what kind of test?

Editor Don Whitten learned that taxi drivers at the San Diego airport can be cited for violating an ordinance that requires them to “smell” pleasant, and wonders how the conversation would go with taxi drivers, police officers and government officials if that were discussed in Oxford. (September 17, 2014, Page 4)

Ketchup, cheese key additions for many

How did your parents get you to eat things you weren’t sure you liked? Did they, or perhaps you, use ketchup or melted cheese to make things taste better. Editor Don Whitten takes a humorous look at the practice that continues today. (September 15, 2014, Page 4)

Sharing stories about our friend, Stan

The news was shocking and hard to accept — Stan Sandroni had passed away. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at his time working and playing with Sandroni, and recalls one of the stories that shows exactly who and what Stan Sandroni was. (September 11, 2014, Page 4)

9/11 — a time to remember and to serve

Editor Don Whitten writes about 9/11 and things that went on 13 years ago in relation to what’s happening in the world today and how Americans have turned the tragedy into a positive with the National Day of  Service and Remembrance. (September 10, 2014, Page 4)

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