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Don Whitten

There’s the truth and then there’s the truth

“The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Can we or should we expect our politicians to follow those guidelines? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that question in light of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent comments about those who don’t pay any income tax. (September 19, 2012, Page 4)

County officials craft solid budget

Editor Don Whitten praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and all of the county officials and department heads who worked together to come up with a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that allows the county to actually lower its millage rate. (September 17, 2012, Page 4A)

Oxford officials deserve praise for budget work

Editor Don Whitten passes out kudos to Oxford’s mayor, aldermen and department heads for their work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, noting they’ve been able to spend money well and raise salaries without raising taxes. (September 14, 2012, Page 4A)

Late ‘My Oxford’ contributors get second chance

Have you written and submitted your story for “My Oxford,” the e-book being put together to commemorate Oxford’s 175th birthday? Editor Don Whitten admits he hasn’t, but he writes about the opportunity offered to everyone  by book organizers to still get in stories. (September 12, 2012, Page 4)

9/11 – A day to remember and to serve

It was a Tuesday. Eleven years ago. Just like tomorrow, Sept. 11. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at the terrorist attack on our country, how we’ve moved forward since 2001 and how we’ve channeled a lot of action into the national Day of Service and Remembrance. (September 10, 2012, Page 4A)

Small computers, hand-held phones? No way!

Technology, while wonderful, is often so much more than we ever expected. A few decades back, no one imagined laptop computers, smart cellphones, the Internet explosion, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten writes about some of the changes that have affected the newspaper world that he’d have never dreamed off during his early days as a reporter. (September 6, 2012, Page 4)

Will ‘undecided’ voters keep an open mind?

Democrats and Republicans alike know there’s a certain percentage of voters who’ve already made up their mind about who they’ll vote for for president this fall. It’s the “undecided” voters, which Editor Don Whitten takes a look at, who’ll likely decide the election. (September 3, 2012, Page 4A)

Driving guidelines, tips really pretty basic

Driver’s education’s main message was, and is, pretty simple: Keep your eyes on the road. Editor Don Whitten notices that more and more folks seem to have forgotten that message and wonders how we can return to those basics in driving. (August 31, 2012, Page 4A)

Crosstown rivalry’s history keeps growing

It’s time for yet another Crosstown Classic football matchup as Lafayette’s Commodores travel just a couple of miles to take on the Oxford Chargers in a Thursday night TV game from Bobby Holcomb Field. Editor Don Whitten, who’s seen three dozen or so of the OHS-LHS games, looks back at the series and what can be expected tomorrow night. (August 29, 2012, Page 4)

Getting close to not-so-favorite things

Editor Don Whitten admits it – he’s not a big fan of most of our bugs and worms and such. However, in the interest of education, he writes, he’s helping with a school project that involves two well-known varieties – silkworms and pray mantises. (August 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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