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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Don Whitten

Movies are movies – but Cruise as Reacher?

Loyal readers of best-selling author Lee Child’s series featuring tough guy Jack Reacher must be a bit surprised to hear that Tom Cruise has been picked to play the character in an upcoming movie based on one of the books. Editor Don Whitten says he can’t picture the 5-foot-7 Cruise as the 6-5, 250-pound Reacher he’s been following in Child’s books. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

School days can combine fun, education

With open houses this week and classes beginning Thursday for most local students, Don Whitten takes a look at the “fun” parts of school – recess, lunch and activity period – and how they play a key role in the education process. (August 3, 2011, Page 4)

All running for office deserve our thanks

Perhaps you have your Election Day schedule all planned out. Before, or after, voting, there’s one more thing that Editor Don Whitten says you should think about doing – thank all of the candidates for running and making the election process work. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Lots of ‘summer reading’ going on these days

Notice more folks around the book stores and library? How about fewer youngsters outside? Many of them, Editor Don Whitten suspects, are working on summer reading lists and projects as the days count down until the beginning of school. (July 27, 2011, Page 4A)

Having to pick a line upsets some of us

The closer it gets to voting on Aug. 2, the madder some folks get about the limitations of Mississippi’s primary voting rules. Editor Don Whitten is among those voters, and he points out that he’d like to vote for people on both the Democratic and Republican tickets but is going to have to decide which one to pick. (July 25, 2011, Page 4)

Rounding up the ‘important’ school supplies

Have you filled the school supply list for your student? After seeing lists in several places, Editor Don Whitten recalled the way lists were made during his days as a student. The most important items back then, he writes, were satchels, notebooks and, most of all, Crayola crayons. (July 22, 2011, Page 4A)

Clearing up some election misinformation

With the August primaries less than two weeks away, it’s time for people to start deciding who they will cast ballots for. Editor Don Whitten reminds readers about the importance of voting while also taking on a few bits of misinformation or misunderstandings that some voters might have about their votes. (July 20, 2011, Page 4A)

Used car market changes through the years

Looking for a good used car or truck. Join, for a variety of reasons, an ever-increasing number of consumers. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the changes in the market as he ponders a possible future purchase. (July 18, 2011, Page 4)

Presbyterians get quick start with local church

Churches, like people and families, have their beginnings, and several churches have, or will be, celebrating notable birthdays. One local church that will be turning 175 next year is First Presbyterian Church, and Editor Don Whitten gives a personal perspective on the church complex and family located just west of the Square as it begins a year-long celebration. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

Raising kids – neither easy nor inexpensive

Did you realize it will take about a quarter of a million dollars to raise  a child born into a middle income family in 2010 to the age of 17? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at raising children after seeing those figures from the USDA. (July 13, 2011, Page 4)

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