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Don Whitten

Post office woes could affect lots of us

Do you pay some, or all, of your monthly bills online? Do you use email rather than “regular” mail? If you answer no more than yes, you may be forced to change is the U.S. Postal Service can’t figure out a way to handle its financial problems. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at how the problem could affect us. (September 7, 2011, Page 4)

Changes could help lame duck supervisors situation

Lame duck officials – those not re-elected to their current office but serving until new officials take office – are part of life and government. Editor Don Whitten offers a solution to dealing with the issue as he calls for changes in the fiscal year or when newly elected officials take office. (September 5, 2011, Page 4A)

Labor Day – honoring the American worker

This is a big four-day weekend, beginning with tonight’s Oxford-Lafayette football game and ending with Labor Day. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Monday’s holiday and who it honors. (September 2, 2011, Page 4A)

Pondering the need for more local policemen

Four more police officers, costing some $160,000 a year, were approved by city leaders to help patrol and control all that goes on in Oxford, but particularly in the Square area at night. Was it the right decision? Who should pay? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the issue, nothing that there are at least two sides to the story. (August 31, 2011, Page 4A)

Jobs’ move sparks memories of barrel of Apples

Remember your first Apple computer? Or was it, by then, called a Mac? Perhaps your first Apple product had the “i” in front of it, as in iMac, iPod, iPhone or iPad? Editor Don Whitten, after learning of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ stepping down, recalls his first Apple computer from nearly three decades ago. (August 29, 2011, Page 4A)

Traffic concerns mount with return of students

Did you get caught in that massive traffic jam on Jackson Avenue last Friday? What about today? How’s it coming dodging folks who are paying as much, or more, attention to their cell phones than the road? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the last couple of weeks as the community adjusts to the addition of thousands of students and cars. (August 26, 2011, Page 4A)

Lots of factors delay teens getting driver’s license

It wasn’t all that long ago that teenagers couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel and drive. Youngsters, at least more of them, are waiting to get their driver’s license now, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at why. (August 24, 2011, Page 4)

Poem provides fitting tribute to subscribers

Writing and photography and selling advertising are important parts of the newspaper business, but the key to any success is the subscriber. Editor Don Whitten recently received a 100-plus year old copy of a poem that sums up feelings about regular subscribers and thanks them for their part in putting papers out daily. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

Some classes we like; others, well …

A previous column discussed classes, periods and subjects that most students seem to like. What about the other side – the ones that many students aren’t as excited about. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at two Top 10 lists, one of the hardest subjects and the other of the most boring subjects. (August 17, 2011, Page 4)

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