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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Don Whitten

Is it hotter now, or do we just need it cooler?

Is it global warming or just getting accustomed to 72-75 degree machine-cooled air over the years that makes it so difficult to go outside or to places with the AC set on 78 or 80? Editor Don Whitten recalls days when air conditioners were not part of life and wonders if we’ve just hurt ourselves by getting too comfortable. (June 9, 2010, Page 4)

Grisham hits home run with latest book

To borrow a prhase from one of bestselling author John Grisham’s favorite sports, he has hit a home run with his latest book, “Theodore Boone – Kid Lawyer.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the first in what appears to be a series aimed at a new audience for Grisham – readers in the 8 to 14 age group. (June 7, 2010, Page 4A)

Best of Oxford winners section out Friday

The annual Best of Oxford winners’ section published by The Oxford EAGLE is scheduled to be in Friday’s paper. Editor Don Whitten writes about some of the trends and highlights of this year’s voting as he thanks readers for taking part in the annual survey/poll that’s very popular with advertisers and readers. (June 3, 2010, Page 4)

Jimmy Arrington leaves gifts to so many

Editor Don Whitten recalls his first encounter with longtime Lafayette High football coach Jimmy Arrington and uses it to show how Arrington, who passed away Friday, affected all of those he met. (June 1, 2010, Page 4A)

When collecting items goes a bit too far

There’s a new “dirty” word floating around; this one isn’t a four-letter word, but rather a seven-letter one. How about you – are you a hoarder? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the disorder that’s sparked a TV show and has him wondering about his pack-rat tendencies. (May 26, 2010, Page 4A)

Bringing back a TV blast from the past

Remake, sequels and spinoffs work from time to time in movies and television. TV viewers, like Editor Don Whitten, who remember the glory days of crime-oriented dramas from the 1960s and 1970s, will see how well one of those shows does 30 years later with CBS bringing back “Hawaii Five-O” this fall. (May 24, 2010, Page 4A)

It’s time to watch seniors take the next step

Editor Don Whitten writes about the upcoming commencement exercises at the local schools and recalls his days as a graduating senior. What advice should we give seniors – and when should we give it? (May 19, 2010, Page 4)

School project ends with healthy meal

Education is a continual process and learning takes place all the time. One of the lessons Editor Don Whitten didn’t expect to be learning from the seventh-grader in his household, however, was healthy cooking and eating. A school project produced a meal of corn, sweet potatoes and, yes, buffalo that was both healthy and tasted good. (May 17, 2010, Page 4A)

Enjoying when life slows down just a bit

Have you noticed the shorter lines – at stores, restaurants, four-way stops, et cetera these last few days. It’s that special time of the year when the University of Mississippi population drops for a couple of weeks and yet the local school children are still in class. It’s not something we’d want permanently, Editor Don Whitten writes, but it is a time to enjoy. (May 12, 2010, Page 4)

So how well do you know your ‘times’ tables?

Have they changed the way youngsters are taught math, particularly the multiplication tables? Editor Don Whitten did an unscientific survey/study to see how well people knew their “times” tables and wonders if calculators and other modern tools have lessened how much time is spent teaching youngsters to learn – or memorize – their multiplication tables. (May 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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