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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Don Whitten

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)

More school days or a different calendar?

The Center for America Progress is recommending that more time is added to the school year to help students and teachers deal with Common Core Standards, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at options that involve adding more days to the school year or adjusting the school calendar a bit. (February 14, 2014, Page 4A)

Icy conditions make for dicey driving

Editor Don Whitten looks back at the troubles he and many drivers had early Tuesday morning as winter storm Pax moves through the area and appears set to make things much worse for folks to the east and north. (February 12, 2014, Page 4)

Will longer school day help education?

After last week’s column suggesting that schools need to add hours or days, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at one of the options – increasing the school day by 30-45 minutes. (February 10, 2014, Page 4)

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