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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don Whitten

Christmas gifts a sign of future occupation?

Do kids who ask for doctor’s and nurse’s kits for Christmas go into medicine. Do those who ask for cars become race car drivers or mechanics. Do those who ask for cameras become photographers? Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at some of his favorite Christmas gifts and how little they had to do with journalism. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

Be a bit wary of youngsters’ games, apps

You’re aware, aren’t you, of how your store cards, smartphones and buying preferences provide some amount of personal information to stores and businesses? Editor Don Whitten points out that is going on with online games and apps our youngsters are using as well, and urges adults to take whatever precautions they can to protect personal information. (December 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Girl Scout cookie sales going digital

Buying Girl Scout cookies may get easier with the addition of websites and digital sales planned. Editor Don Whitten looks at the value of learning new skills and improving the popular fundraiser for the young ladies who sell and deliver the delicious treats. (December 8, 2014, Page 4)

Football always safe? Ask folks at UAB

Shut down a college football program — naaah, never happen. OK, then, what happened this week at Alabama-Birmimgham. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the UAB situation and the surprise is must be to see a football program in that state actually shut down. (December 3, 2014, Page 4A)

Some of our food treasures disappearing

A potluck Thanksgiving lunch at The Oxford EAGLE office earlier this week gave Editor Don Whitten a new look on what foods are still popular and what foods are slowly disappearing. (November 30, 2014, Page 4A)

Shopping’s too early — but we’ll be there!

Surveys show that most three-quarters of us think Christmas shopping begins too early, but most of us will be out there doing our part to finish our shopping early and to spend more money. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a couple of recent Rasmussen polls and what they say about our Christmas shopping habits. (November 26, 2014, Page 4A)

Some cultural differences hard to swallow

Variety is the spice of life. Editor Don Whitten wonders, though, how much variety we can take as he looks at one particular “local” medical treatment in South America that doesn’t sound like it would be very popular around here. (November 24, 2014, Page 4)

Lower fuel prices lower costs — sometimes

Lower oil prices and less demand mean lower prices at the gas pumps. However, as Editor Don Whitten notes, lower jet fuel costs don’t necessarily mean lower airline ticket prices. (November 19, 2014, Page 4A)

Dealing with increasing college costs

It shouldn’t have been a shock to see the College Board’s recent report that college costs continue to rise. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at college costs and funding. (November 17, 2014, Page 4)

‘The Best, the Only and the Unexpected’

Did you get your Hammacher Schlemmer catalog yet? Have you ever seen a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog? Editor Don Whitten takes readers on a trip through the iconic mail-order business’ latest catalog and some of the unique gift possibilities it offers. (November 12, 2014, Page 4A)

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