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Don Whitten

Are chicks, ducks, rabbits really necessary?

Remember the old days when live chicks, ducks and rabbits were the big purchases for Easter? Editor Don Whitten remembers seeing hundreds of them in stores and getting many of them at his family’s farm, and wonders if people realize that they need to make a commitment when buying pets. (April 18, 2011, Page 4A)

Special people, places produce treasured memories

Funerals, closings and retirements. All spark memories of people, places and events, as they did for Editor Don Whitten this week. Whitten takes a journey back down memory lane while thinking about Quay Hudson, the Downtown Grill and David Wells. (April 15, 2011, Page 4A)

Federal tax burden numbers disturbing

Did you realize that nearly half of American households will owe nothing to the federal government in income tax for 2010, and some of them will actually get back more money than they paid in because of tax credits? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how that happens and wonders if a solution might eliminate some of the factions developing in the country. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

Teaching saving tougher for parents these days

There are things parents teach, or attempt to teach, their children. One involves money – earning it, saving it, spending it, giving it to the needy, et cetera. Teaching saving, Editor Don Whitten writes, is getting tougher and tougher, especially with savings producing little to no return that would provide motivation and incentive. (April 11, 2011, Page 4A)

It’s April – and time to get the mower running

Did you hear all those small engines sputtering and running last weekend? It’s the sign that most of us are getting our mowers, trimmers and weed-whackers out storage and ready for use. Editor Don Whitten shares his opening-weekend experiences in the yard and plans for the upcoming grass-growing season. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

Annan to talk about faith, dealing with adversity

Disaster comes in all shapes and sizes. Bad things happen. And we have to deal with adversity. Haiti Partners co-director Kent Annan, who’s speaking this weekend in Oxford, has seen more than his share of adversity as he helps the people of Haiti. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Annan’s work, including how he helps those in need ask and answer the tough questions about faith. (April 6, 2011, Page 4)

How good are you at remembering years?

What year did the Oklahoma City bombing take place? When did man first walk on the moon? When did O-U Stadium open? Here’s one more, one that some 30 percent of respondents in a recent survey couldn’t get: What year did the 9/11 terrorist attacks take place? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how we can remember lots of events just as if they were yesterday, but we can’t recall the year they took place. How’s your memory? (April 4, 2011, Page 4A)

A day for Taco Liberty Bells and left-handed Whoppers

Did you fall victim to any April Fools Day jokes or pranks today? Or, perhaps, you handed out a few good laughs and practical jokes? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the common ones you might have experienced today along with some that drew national attention in years past. (April 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Surprise Final Four leaves you wondering

So you’re all for tournaments deciding who’s the best team for a given season? And you really think some, or all, of this year’s Final Four deserves to be No. 1 in men’s college basketball for 2010-11? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the surprising Final Four and makes a case that next Monday’s winner would more accurately be called the tournament champion rather than the No. 1 team for the season. (March 30, 2011, Page 4)

Just how many days does March have?

March has been a busy month with lots going on for everyone, but that still hasn’t made the month seem any shorter. Editor Don Whitten suspects that it’s the way the calendar falls this year that makes the month seem so long. (March 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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