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Don Whitten

LOFT has big hit with Temptations fundraiser

From time to time, you run across something that’s a win-win situation. One is coming up next month for those who like music and want to help a local philanthropic organization, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the two sides – The Temptations in concert at The Lyric and a fundraiser for the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow. (October 24, 2011, Page 4A)

Got your Halloween costumes yet?

It’s a little more than a week until the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating begins, and Editor Don Whitten wonders if you’ve got all of your Halloween costumes yet. Whitten looks back at homemade outfits and warns that may be ahead for folks that delay much longer. (October 20, 2011, Page 4)

Watching local government at work

A group of local Boy Scouts from Troop 144 attended part of Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall as part of the requirements for one of their merit badges. Editor Don Whitten wonders what their reports about their visit to watch their local leaders work will include. (October 19, 2011, Page 4)

‘Holy Ghost Girl’ takes us behind the tent

What do you think is coming when you see folks putting up one of those giant tents? Not that long ago, it mean a tent revival was coming to town. Editor Don Whitten points to a new book, “Holy Ghost Girl – A Memoir” by Donna Johnson, that takes us inside and behind those tent revivals and their traveling evangelists. (October 17, 2011, Page 4A)

Catchy plan, slogan can get your attention

Editor Don Whitten admits he hasn’t been following the Republican presidential hopefuls very closely – since the election is still more than a year off – but says his interest and attention has been tweaked by the recent talk of a 9-9-9 Plan. Whitten takes a closer look at Herman Cain’s plan. (October 13, 2011, Page 4)

How do you pick your answers, candidates?

When picking an answer on a quiz or voting in an election, did you realize you’re more likely to pick the first option if you’re not very sure about which to pick? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that slight edge and its effect on elections. (October 12, 2011, Page 4)

Laws that could make things easier

When state Rep. Johnny Stringer issued a release after Gov. Haley Barbour signed his bill that allowed driver’s licenses to be renewed every eight years, he said it was a good law because it would make things easier for people and eliminate frustration. Editor Don Whitten offers up a few more suggestions for laws that would probably do the same for a number of citizens. (October 10, 2011, Page 4A)

Bullying changes – and not for the better

Bullying continues to be a problem, so much so that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at changes in bullying through the years and notes that it’s a problem we all need to deal with. (October 5, 2011, Page 4)

$3 a gallon gas is better, but why not $2?

It’s always good to see gasoline prices fall, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we haven’t gotten too accustomed to higher prices if we think a drop to $3 is that good. He takes a look at the effect of high gas prices and wonders if we’ll ever see $2 a gallon fuel again. (October 3, 2011, Page 4A)

Are we seeing the effects of a curse on the Rebels?

There’s the Curse of the Bambino, the Curse of the Goat, the Sports Illustrated jinx, et cetera? Is there a Curse of the Rebels or something akin to that to add to the list. Editor Don Whitten’s not so sure, but he still examines the situation while taking a look at other “curses.” (September 28, 2011, Page 4)

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