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Don Whitten

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)

‘The Family Fang’ – an interesting debut novel

Looking for a late-summer read that’s light and humorous with a serious undertone? Or maybe something with a serious look at family dynamics that also contains comedy? Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, “The Family Fang,” can give you either approach – or both. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Wilson’s work. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)

For variety and good eatin’, consider Mr. Catfish

Perhaps you recall Bubba Blue telling Forrest Gump all the ways shrimp could be cooked and served. Shrimp has nothing on one of our local products – Mississippi pond-raised catfish – as Editor Don Whitten writes in a column about catching and eating the fish that’s being honored this month. (August 8, 2011, Page 4)

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