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Don Whitten

The joy of children – even in restaurants

Kids, as Art Linkletter showed us years ago with his TV show, do and say the darndest things. Editor Don Whitten relates his view of two families with young children during an evening meal recently at an area restaurant, and shows that we can still enjoy their actions and words just by paying attention. (October 25, 2010, Page 4A)

Do we really need term limit legislation?

Term limits – good or bad? They’re good if you like keeping folks in elected office that do a good job. They’re bad if you believe fresh blood and fresh ideas are needed. Editor Don Whitten notes that term limits can be set without legislation – by voters going to the ballot box and limiting terms of those they want out of office but yet leaving in those they want to keep. (October 22, 2010, Page 4A)

It’s time for an entertaining night at the cemetery

The annual Spirits of Oxford tour will be back at St. Peter’s Cemetery with almost a full moon shining down Friday evening. Editor Don Whitten looks back at previous spirits and gives a preview of what’s to be expected this year at the annual fundraiser for Cedar Oaks. (October 20, 2010, Page 4)

Morning person? Or perhaps a night owl?

Are you a morning person, one of those people that somehow gets up and going every morning without a hitch? Or perhaps a night owl, one who struggles through hitting the snooze button several times and still needs help and a shot of caffeine? Maybe, you’re somewhere in between. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at all three and wonders if heredity or environment decides which you’ll be. (October 18, 2010, Page 4A)

So why was Bill Clinton in town Thursday?

Was former President Bill Clinton in Oxford on Thursday to stump for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers or was he just making another stop on a Get Out And Vote campaign nationwide? Or, as Editor Don Whitten writes, wasn’t it both – plus urging the Ole Miss students to get out and help the Democrats protect the gains that group helped them get two years ago? (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)

Identity theft can mess things up in a hurry

Editor Don Whitten relates the recent story of someone – let’s call him Johnny – who is the victim of identity theft, and finds out about it during an afternoon shopping trip. Learn more about a growing problem that can affect just about anyone. (October 11, 2010, Page 4A)

An effective home remedy or old wives’ tale?

Editor Don Whitten writes about an unusual – to him – site he ran across earlier this week: a clear plastic bag half full of water and holding two pennies hanging from the corner of a back doorway. The simple hanging baggie has a purpose – to help keep flies out of the building. Is that just an old wives’ tale or an effective home remedy? (October 8, 2010, Page 4A)

Government could cash in with old rifles

Would you or someone you know be interested in purchasing a vintage World War II and Korean War M1 Garand or Carbine rifle from the U.S. government? It appears there are crates and crates of them that were left in South Korea, but whether or not collectors and others will get a chance to buy them is up in the air. Editor Don Whitten sees this as a chance to raise a little money and please a lot of collectors and former soldiers. (October 4, 2010, Page 4A)

School not the only place for teaching, learning

President Barack Obama spoke about education earlier this week, suggesting holding teachers and students accountable and considering a longer school year. Those things, plus money, may help Johnny learn to read better, but probably not any more than things his parents, siblings and relatives could do at home. Editor Don Whitten calls on family members to do their part in the education process as well. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

Explaining the somewhat-confusing judicial races

We just over a month away from mid-term elections which, around these part, include district circuit and chancery court judge races. Yes, that’s what the vast majority of campaign signs around the community are about. For those a little confused about who they can vote for, Editor Don Whitten gets a bit of help from the circuit clerk’s office. (September 27, 2010, Page 4A)

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