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Monday, July 28, 2014

Don Whitten

What’s really behind changes with SAT?

The SAT announced last week that it’s making changes in its college entrance exam and the way it is scored, prompting Editor Don Whitten to take a closer look at the issue of college exams and possible reasons behind the SAT’s changes. (March 10, 2014, Page 4)

Changing smoke alarm batteries and clocks

Do you have those new batteries for your smoke alarms? Ready to move the clocks up an hour? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the March ritual of changing from standard to daylight saving time and what it means for everyone. (March 7, 2014, Page 4A)

Better days ahead for Mississippi Coliseum?

Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at the history of the “state” coliseum in Jackson — the Mississippi Coliseum — and the possibility of a noticeable renovation of the half-century old facility that’s hosted countless events and some big names through the years. (March 5, 2014, Page 4)

Still trying to figure out Affordable Care Act

Most folks believe all deserve affordable health care, and most want and hope that the Affordable Care Act works. Editor Don Whitten sees some good things about the national program but still wonders about its viability in light of recent suggestions that many workers may opt to work less or retire early because they can get cheaper healthcare that must be subsidized somewhere. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

Will new sales tax holiday be worth it?

Since both the House and Senate have passed similar bills, it’s likely that Mississippi will soon see a tax-free holiday on hunting and/or fishing items and supplies in the near future. Editor Don Whitten wonders if the tax money that will be lost could be better spent on other needs in the state. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

Breaking a commandment — or ignoring it?

President Ronald Reagan regularly quoted what he called the 11th commandment — Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at national and Mississippi politics where it appears a number of Republicans aren’t following those directions at all. (February 26, 2014, Page 4)

Reconnecting after four decades

A former Ole Miss student and frequent customer of Mistilis Restaurant back in the early-1970s didn’t have the money to leave tips back then. He made up for it recently, though, when he sent regular waitress Carrie Pearson Mitchell, a check for $500. (February 24, 2014, Page 1)

Basketball promotion caught in fine print

A West Chester (Pa.) University freshman hit a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot, but didn’t win the $10,000 prize in a halftime promotion. Why? The fine print. Editor Don Whitten wonders what lessons were learned in the incident. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

Who should decide about consolidation?

There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

Cash swings for homer with second novel

Wiley Cash’s debut novel was an award-winner and best-seller, and Editor Don Whitten writes that his follow-up effort, “This Dark Road to Mercy,” could be headed to similar heights. Cash is slated to visit Oxford and Square Books on Tuesday promoting his newest novel. (February 17, 2014, Page 4)

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