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Don Whitten

The ol’ Royal still serves its purpose

Editor Don Whitten writes about a long-time, reliable old friend – the manual Royal typewriter he’s been using in his office for, literally, decades. And, yes, it’s still in use – despite the special challenges his particular model presents. (January 18, 2012, Page 4)

Pardon controversy has all kinds of angles

A wide range of emotions – surprise, anger, disappointment, concern, et cetera – have surrounded the news that former Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned or otherwise dealt with sentences for more than 200 people in his final days in office. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the issues that have citizens up in arms. (January 16, 2012, Page 4)

Where did all the owner’s manuals go?

One thing that’s missing, more often than not, in boxes and packages containing new products is an instruction or owner’s manual. Editor Don Whitten keeps looking for them and wondering how you’re supposed to know all about a gadget, game or whatever without those little booklets. (January 13, 2012, Page 4A)

Ready to run in, or help with, Run for Hope?

The third annual Run for Hope Half Marathon and 5-K is only about six weeks away, and Editor Don Whitten writes to encourage runners in the community and area to register and volunteers to sign up to help with the popular winter event that raises funds for the Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes at Camp Hopewell. (January 11, 2012, Page 4)

Learning more about caucuses, primaries

Iowa just had its Republican caucuses, while New Hampshire holds a primary next week. What’s the difference? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the process states go through to allocate delegates for candidates at the national conventions, including how things are done in Mississippi. (January 6, 2012, Page 4A)

Still time for New Year’s resolutions?

Must New Year’s resolutions be made before, on on, the first day of the year? Editor Don Whitten wonders about protocol as he offers some suggestions about how to deal with resolutions and some to consider making if it’s not too late. (January 4, 2012, Page 4)

Watch out for anyone eyeing text messages

Texting while driving is illegal in some states and should be in all of them. Something just as frustrating, although nowhere as dangerous, Editor Don Whitten writes, is texting while walking. He relates some of his experiences and observations from a couple of trips to malls during the holidays. (December 30, 2011, Page 4A)

Dealing with post-Christmas, holiday blues

Feeling some of those holiday blues? Tree still up? Wrapping and boxes still in the carport? Thinking about those January bills? Editor Don Whitten offers some suggestions in dealing with the pressures of the two-week holiday period that wraps up one year and begins another. (December 28, 2011, Page 4)

The most important birthday of all

What kind of cake are you having for Christmas on Sunday? It’s the birthday of Jesus and Editor Don Whitten writes about how his families always have cake to celebrate birthdays. That and more Christmas memories and traditions are the subject of Whitten’s last column before the big day. (December 23, 2011, Page 4A)

Always popular Santa letters coming Friday

Probably the most popular issue of The Oxford EAGLE – the Seasons Greetings section featuring Letters to Santa – is coming out this Friday. Editor Don Whitten, who’s been typing in the letters from local youngsters along with other staff members, takes a look at some of the info you can gather from the special notes. (December 14, 2011, Page 4)

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