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Don Whitten

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)

Would student surveys really be that helpful?

Editor Don Whitten, after reading that it’s been suggested that student surveys might be helpful in teacher evaluations, pondered how he and his friends would have answered questions about their teachers when they were growing up. (August 23, 2012, Page 4)

Two-party system not shining these days

Statesmen, authors and others have warned, through the years, of the problems our country’s two-party political system could cause. Editor Don Whitten writes that’s exactly what seems to be happening these days as politicians seemed more concerned about their parties than the people they are supposed to serve. (August 22, 2012, Page 4)

Thank Your Local Firefighter Day – every day

Firefighters and fire trucks are not something that you really want to see around your home or place of business, but it’s still good to know they’re there. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at their professionalism during a recent unplanned visit to The Oxford EAGLE. (August 17, 2012, Page 4A)

Patience – a key for local drivers these days

Local drivers know which roads to take, where the shortcuts are and the usual speed you can drive. Newcomers and those who’ve lived here just a short time are still learning. That’s why, Editor Don Whitten writes, those of us familiar with our streets and roads need to exercise a bit of patience while others are learning and adjusting to what we already know. (August 15, 2012, Page 4)

‘Natural’ drying may be coming back in style

Have you seen clothes hanging on a line behind your parents’ or grandparents’ house. Editor Don Whitten recalls those memories and notes that he’s seen a few more houses with new poles and lines as people battle the high cost of energy and go green at the same time. (August 13, 2012, Page 4)

Cancer Center a blessing for the community

Editor Don Whitten writes about the history of the Oxford Cancer Center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. He looks into how it was created and gives details of his personal involvement with the center and how it helps so many in the community. (August 10, 2012, Page 4A)

Who gets excited about road construction?

Why is it that most adults frown when they come upon a road construction site while youngsters in the back seat of the same vehicle are all smiles. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the perspective age offers to the machinery and workers involved with road construction. (August 8, 2012, Page 4)

Pistorius’ story a highlight of London Games

The 2012 Summer Olympics will be remembered for Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps – and Oscar Pistorius, an athlete who didn’t win gold. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the inspirational story of the double-amputee sprinter from South Africa. (August 6, 2012, Page 4)

When ‘fun’ can really mean ‘trouble’

Hot days and watching kids play around the swimming pool sparked memories of escapades with squirt guns for Editor Don Whitten. Some of his water gun fun turned out to be trouble as well as fun. (August 2, 2012, Page 4)

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