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Don Whitten

Taking a turn at selling Christmas trees

Editor Don Whitten has no immediate plans to change professions, but he did get a little experience at a different one – selling Christmas trees. Whitten writes about his afternoon selling trees at First Presbyterian Church and the things he learned. (December 13, 2010, Page 4A)

We’ll still be paying – just at a different level

Editor Don Whitten suggests a new political-oriented phrase for the times of today: “Politics sends trickle-down taxes to the locals.” He notes that it seems more and more like the taxes and fees are being passed down the line where they still have to be paid if we’re to receive services and benefits. (December 8, 2010, Page 4)

Be careful, safe when decorating for Christmas

Are your doors and windows decorated. What about outside lights or inflatable snowmen or Santas? Editor Don Whitten gives an update on the Christmas decorating at his house and offers some hints and guidelines to follow to help make this time of the year safe and enjoyable. (December 6, 2010, Page 4A)

Weekend offers lots of arts, crafts sales

Last weekend included Christmas Open House on the Oxford Square and Black Friday shopping everywhere, while “Cyber Monday” was earlier this week. From the looks of events scheduled for this weekend, you might call it “arts and crafts weekend” around the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Editor Don Whitten mentions some of the places to visit this weekend and talks about the importance of shopping locally. (December 3, 2010, Page 4A)

Taking a closer look at MHSAA numbers

The Mississippi High School Activities Association divides up member schools for interscholastic competition according to enrollment and the MHSAA has released the news classes for 2011-13 on its website. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers and how they relate to athletics and competition among the schools. (December 1, 2010, Page 4)

Shopping for the hard-to-shop-for

The question is to be expected about this time of the year: Have you come up with a list of things for people to get you for Christmas? It’s an easy question to answer when you’re talking about youngsters, but a bit more difficult when you get to older folks. Editor Don Whitten discusses the problems shopping for middle-aged males and others in the hard-to-shop-for category. (November 29, 2010, Page 4A)

Giving thanks for – and on – a special holiday

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for Oxford EAGLE employees because they get off Thursday afternoon and all day Friday after satisfying both readers and advertisers with a special Thanksgiving Day edition. Editor Don Whitten takes time to thanks those who help with the paper and to remind everyone to be thankful at this time of the year. (November 24, 2010, Page 4A)

Reacting to ‘Thou shalt not Facebook’

“Thou shalt not Facebook.” That’s the word a New Jersey pastor has given his congregation and, while it seems like a reasonable suggestion, it makes Editor Don Whitten remember other words of helpful advice that many seem to take as a challenge. Will curiosity get the best of folks? (November 22, 2010, Page 4A)

How will lawmakers respond to Barbour’s budget?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, heading into his final year in office, has submitted his annual Executive Budget Recommendations to members of the State Legislature. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of the numbers involving budget cuts are lower than anticipated, but there are expected to be battles in several areas before the FY 2012 budget is eventually adopted. (November 19, 2010, Page 4A)

Holiday shopping season continues to grow

Christmas shopping once was just a December occurrence, but then it moved up to begin on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the holiday shopping season which may now include stores opening on Thanksgiving and already includes big sales in the weekends before Thanksgiving. (November 17, 2010, Page 4)

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