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Friday, December 19, 2014

Don Whitten

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)

Local news tops priority list for stories

Some Oxford EAGLE readers aren’t happy when the paper has “too much” local news and not enough state and national news because The EAGLE is the only paper they subscribe to. Others are bothered because of the amount of Associated Press content because they buy The EAGLE to get local news. Editor Don Whitten tries to give a little insight into the daily decisions made by your community newspaper. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)

Regardless of reason, political colors change

Red state? Or Blue? Or perhaps it’s really purple. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent midterm elections and the changes made in Mississippi and around the country. The only constant is change and that’s something those who run for office must be aware of. (November 12, 2010, Page 4A)

Kids’ meals getting the boot in San Francisco?

What’s the first thing most kids go looking for when they get their favorite kids’ meal bag or box from a fast-food restaurant? The toy, of course. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance banning toys in kids’s meals with too much calories, sodium and fat, and Editor Don Whitten writes to question the decision to turn Happy Meals into Unhappy Meals. (November 8, 2010, Page 4A)

Long-running program stimulates economy

So how did you like the latest government-sponsored and goverment-run stimulus? You know – the midterm elections. Editor Don Whitten writes about how elections help various parts of the community and economy and wonders, tongue-in-cheek, if year-round elections might be a good idea. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)

Conroy’s latest work gives valuable insight

It’s been said that you can get a quick fix on someone by seeing what he or she reads. Editor Don Whitten points out that’s not always easy to do, but is with one of the South’s favorite authors, Pat Conroy, whose latest book, “My Reading Life,” takes readers on a trip through his library and education to see how and why Conroy writes as he does. Conroy will be in town Wednesday to sign copies of the new book at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

School plans – great; timing – not so good

Timing is important, sometimes even more important than you’d think. The timing in last week’s announcement by Oxford School District officials about their $54 million long-range capital improvement plans may have come a bit too close to the recent passage of a $30 million bond issue. Editor Don Whitten wonders if waiting, two months – or even two weeks – might have been better. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

Passing out a few tricks and treats

Have you got your tricks and treats set up for Sunday evening? Editor Don Whitten passes out some early tricks and treats, but not the kind you’ll be handing out on Halloween. Some get treats for what they’re doing, while others are given tricks. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)

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)

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