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Don Whitten

Helping worthy causes good for you, everyone

Editor Don Whitten notes how much cancer affects nearly everyone by pointing to his personal dealings with the disease, and then he urges people to get involved with helping their personal causes and concerns as he did last weekend by taking part in a fundraising car wash at Bramlett Elementary School. (April 14, 2010, Page 4A)

Rights – something to think about

Editor Don Whitten had a visitor drop by recently with a card that read, “The right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do,” and pondered about possibilities that he could have been pointing to, including the newspaper’s rights, the rights of government leaders and our rights in general. (April 12, 2010, Page 4A)

Dealing with that greenish-yellow dust

There may have been a slight reprieve with mid-week thunderstorms, but the pollen that coats everything and everyone at this time of the year will be back in full force. Where’s it coming from and what can be done about it? Editor Don Whitten tries to answer some of those questions. (April 9, 2010, Page 4A)

Census questions some households are facing

Have you returned your 2010 Census form? Have you gotten another one? What do you do now? Those are just a few of the questions Editor Don Whitten has after returning his census form – and then getting another one from the government. The local return rate still isn’t impressive, but maybe there’s a reason. (April 7, 2010, Page 4)

A book on redheads – who’d have believed it?

Editor Don Whitten talks about memories of growing up with red hair – some would ask if he ever had any hair – after seeing a book titled “Little Redheads Across America.” So what’s the true story for redheads or those who once were redheads? (April 5, 2010, Page 4A)

Enjoy the eggs, but don’t forget what Easter’s about

This is the week and weekend for dying eggs, hunting eggs, eating eggs and getting involved with all kinds of Easter fun. Editor Don Whitten recalls his days having that fun; however, he also stresses it’s more important to remember what Easter is really all about. (April 2, 2010, Page 4A)

Tourney decides title, but what about No. 1?

A lot of NCAA men’s tourney brackets have Duke in the Final Four. Ditto for West Virginia. But Butler and Michigan State? A tournament is a tournament, however, and strange things happen. One question, however: Does the team that cuts down the nets Monday in Indianapolis top the final Top 25 polls? Should it? (March 31, 2010, Page 4)

What’s the best way to use a refund check?

The average refund check from the IRS is $2,500. The average person doesn’t get that, however, and Editor Don Whitten wonders what one is supposed to do when a year comes along where your refund is more than normal. He looks into all kinds of suggestions, from investing to pay off debt to splurging. (March 29, 2010, Page 4A)

Book offers another way to experience the blues

Think the “blues” can only be experienced through songs and music? Think again – and read Editor Don Whitten’s review of “Delta Blues,” an anthology of blues stories set in and around the Mississippi Delta. Whitten mentions stories by the likes of John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, and Alice Jackson. (March 26, 2010, Page 4A)

Festivals, carnivals, conferences everywhere

Members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community know all about hosting weekend and week-long events that attract visitors. Those types of events are not just limited to the immediate area, and Editor Don Whitten gives a list of examples – including the German Sausage Festival, the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo and the World Grits Festival – of others going on in surrounding states. (March 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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