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Friday, October 31, 2014

Don Whitten

Questions – and unclear answers

Larry Csonka, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Steve Spielberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Donald Trump and, perhaps, many of you. What’s the common factor? Age, as all of those, plus some of you, were born in 1946 and will be eligible for Medicare sometime this year. Editor Don Whitten wonders about the future of Medicare and Social Security as Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 get ready to take their share from the programs. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)

Losing invaluable muses during the past year

The community newspaper business is one where we try to serve our readers by giving them a snapshot of their lives and the lives of those around them. To accomplish this, we count on members of the community to help us with stories, story ideas, pictures, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of his most valuable contacts – his “muses” – passed away in 2010 and will be missed. (January 3, 2011, Page 4)

Let’s be reasonable with those resolutions

Have you decided on any New Year’s resolutions? With only a couple of days to go before 2011 hits, Editor Don Whitten makes a few suggestions including resolutions about eating, exercising, reading, voting – and writing letters to the editor. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)

We’re No. 2 – and we wish we weren’t

Gasoline consumption down? Fuel prices rising? More costly in Mississippi? What’s the real story on gasoline and diesel fuel prices and how much it means to people. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers which place Mississippi second only to Montana in how much consumers spend to run their vehicles. (December 27, 2010, Page 4)

It’s time for the most important birthday

What kind of birthday cake are you having Saturday? Whose birthday? Jesus Christ, of course. Editor Don Whitten looks at family traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as we head into the biggest birthday of all. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)

Elves, angels always busy at Christmas

Editor Don Whitten tells an inspirational story he heard recently about how a community turned out in December to help a family dealing with the death of a loved one, and notes that caring for and helping others is the best gift we can offer at this time of the year. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)

Popular Santa letters coming Friday

If it’s mid-December, then it is time again for what has become one of the most eagerly-awaited issues The Oxford EAGLE publishes – the Season’s Greetings section. Editor Don Whitten talks about the joy of reading the annual letters to Santa Claus and says getting Friday’s paper could be the best 50 cents you’ve spent in a long time. (December 16, 2010, Page 4A)

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)

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