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Don Whitten

Pets aren’t people – but they can come close

Have you ever wondered how people get so attached to their pets? Editor Don Whitten says you need to walk in those folks’ shoes a bit to understand that family pets are, indeed, a member of the family that you don’t realize how much you’ll miss until they’re gone. (September 19, 2011, Page 4A)

Mr. Crip’s legacy spreads far and wide

James B. “Crip” Tyler’s death sparks memories of one of Water Valley’s heroes for all that he and his wife Geanie did to provide summer league baseball and softball to youngsters for years and years, and Editor Don Whitten writes of his time with a man he says deserves hero status. (September 16, 2011, Page 4A)

Target-Missoni marketing plan explodes

Can you believe you can buy Missoni products at Target? Can you believe that a $40 Missoni throw you get at Target is going for $150-200 on the secondary market? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the phenomenon created by the collaboration of the Italian designer and the popular retail outlet. (September 15, 2011, Page 4)

Political party squabbles getting more local

Do you think that, sometimes, the Democrats pay more attention to Republicans and their problems and vice versa? Editor Don Whitten writes that what has been more of a national issue is now starting to trickle down locally as parties have internal squabbles that are making the opposition take note. (September 14, 2011, Page 4)

Gold may be the standard, but not the answer

Have you cashed in on your “scrap” gold? Could the United States do the same with its gold bullion and pay off all its debts? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at gold, its value and the real size of the nation’s debt. (September 12, 2011, Page 4A)

What all can you do with your cell phone?

Cell phones were created, obviously, to allow us to make wireless phone calls outside of the home or office. But what else can you do with a cell phone. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some normal uses and some that might be a bit surprising to many. (September 8, 2011, Page 4)

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)

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