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Don Whitten

Let’s remember all affected by Katrina

Hurricane Katrina hit land – on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi – five years ago Sunday. Editor Don Whitten mentions all of the programs and specials marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly and destructive hurricane, but wonders why it seems like there is usually more mention of New Orleans than of the effect on Mississippi. (August 30, 2010, Page 4A)

Football a hot topic of conversation these days

The pros are playing exhibition games, the local high schools have all posted an official victory and the Ole Miss Rebels play in just a week. With all kinds of football going on, Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the talk he’s heard about the 2010 season. (August 27, 2010, Page 4A)

‘Experience’ degrees just another scam

A master’s or PhD in just a few weeks? Based on “life experiences.” That’s what Editor Don Whitten was offered a chance at in a recent e-mail message. He looked into degrees by mail and found that it’s a very lucrative business that’s worth little or nothing more than to make the purchaser feel good. (August 23, 2010, Page 4A)

Billups, Oxford roll in season opener

Senior quarterback Guy Cameron Billups was 6-for-10 for 148 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first quarter — in leading the Oxford Chargers to a 41-12 victory over Grenada in the season-opener for both teams at Bobby Holcomb field. (more…) (August 20, 2010)

Thrill-ride incident leaves you wondering

With more news coming out about a 12-year-old girl’s free-fall from an amusement park thrill ride in Wisconsin earlier this summer, Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people choose to strap themselves in for such dangerous-looking rides, much less allow their youngsters to get on or in the ride. (August 20, 2010, Page 4A)

Always look to practice the Golden Rule

A couple of recent phone calls reminded Editor Don Whitten about the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – and how we all probably need to use it a bit more to help our neighbors and possibly set the stage to get a little assistance ourselves down the road. (August 18, 2010, Page 4)

Look of the Square changes through the years

If you haven’t been to the Oxford Square in a few years – or a lot – it may have a different look. Gone from not all that long ago are drug stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, dry cleaners, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the comings and goings on the historic Oxford Square and the blocks that make up downtown Oxford. (August 16, 2010, Page 4)

Well-intentioned law needs one change

Many care packages to soldiers, sailors, marines, et cetera on bases and in action both near and far have long contained the same items: razors, toothpaste, wet wipes, paperback books, cookies and cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Those last two items aren’t allowed to be sent through the mail any more, however, because of the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act. Editor Don Whitten argues that the ban should not affect the brave men and women standing in harm’s way. (August 13, 2010, Page 4A)

Who likes early-August school days?

Did football move up the start of school? Or did school move up the start of football? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at early-August school days in Mississippi and lists some of the factors in the earlier start to classes these days in reaction to a move by a group called “Save Mississippi Summers” to have classes start later in August or even in September. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)

Tracking down those cell phone numbers

Did you get one of those yellowbooks thrown in your driveway recently? Did you look inside to see if your name was there along with your phone number and address. If you weren’t there, it could be because you’re a part of that growing segment of the population with cell phones and no land lines. Editor Don Whitten relates some of the problems that not having everyone’s name, number and address handy creates. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

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