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Don Whitten

OK, it’s time for a mid-summer pop quiz

Since it’s halfway between the end of one school year and the beginning of another, perhaps it’s just the right time for a mid-summer pop quiz – on the holiday we’re celebrating Monday. Editor Don Whitten has questions, answers and ratings in the short quiz on the Fourth of July. (July 1, 2011, Page 4A)

We want you to consider yourselves winners

We’re excited, at The Oxford EAGLE, about winning awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest. We’re excited for our staff members who helped bring home 25 awards, including General Excellence among small daily papers, and we’re also excited for you – our subscribers, advertisers and readers – because you’re the reason we strive to do our best every day. (June 28, 2011, Page 4)

More visitors? It’s election season, of course

If your door bell rings or you hear a knock these days, it’s as likely to be a candidate looking for your vote and support as anyone. With election season in full swing, Editor Don Whitten reminds everyone to get registered and to learn the ins and outs of voting in primaries coming up in early August. (June 27, 2011, Page 4)

Need something to jump-start summer reading?

Summer reading used to be commonplace among youngsters, but now there are other distractions. Editor Don Whitten suggests two books – “Theodore Boone: The Abduction” by John Grisham and “The Sword of Darrow” by the father-son duo of Hal and Alex Malchow – that might be just the ticket to get people reading this summer. (June 24, 2011, Page 4A)

We’re definitely a gadget-oriented society

Cell phone? Desktop computer? Laptop? MP3 player or iPod? Game console? The list goes on for items in a recent survey, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how “connected” he in today’s electronic age and wonders how many gadgets most folks possess. (June 22, 2011, Page 4)

What kind of news are you looking for?

What’s the news of the day? Weather? The Mid-East? The economy? Congress and the president? Or is it, as some would have you think, a murder trial in Florida and a New York Congressman resigning? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how national and international news seems to rank these days with some media outlets. (June 20, 2011, Page 4)

Relationships with fathers change through the years

When you’re really young, your father looks after you, takes care of you and gives you things. A few years later, he’s the one who teaches you to ride a bike, catch a fish and learn about discipline. Editor Don Whitten explores those changes in relationships between children and their fathers as we get set to honor our fathers this weekend. (June 17, 2011, Page 4A)

A ‘re-user’ is trying to learn to be a ‘recycler’

Editor Don Whitten admits he’s not the best in the world at recycling, but says he’s learning. He takes a look back at when recycling was actually “re-using” items, remembering multiple uses for cans, bottles, jars, et cetera. (June 15, 2011, Page 4)

With ‘friends’ like Mark, who needs …

Editor Don Whitten writes about an email message that somehow got past his spam filter recently, noting that it appears scammers must be having a tough time with the economy, too, if they’re continuing to go after folks like him who never respond. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

Summer fun – doesn’t it seem contagious?

Have you noticed how certain things are contagious and make you want to join in on the fun? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at three of his favorites: fishing, homemade ice cream and sitting in the shade visiting. (June 10, 2011, Page 4A)

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