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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Don Whitten

Collecting coins for the parking meters

If you’ve been collecting coins to use in parking meters in Oxford, Editor Don Whitten says it looks like you can continue. Whitten takes a look at the ongoing parking saga as the city brings back meters for the first time in 40 years. (March 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Seeking more information about Crimea?

Can you point to Crimea on a world map? How big is this place that’s in the news? Editor Don Whitten writes about the part of the former Soviet Union that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears set to take back from Ukraine. (March 20, 2014, Page 4A)

Learning from first class of charter schools

Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommy Cardin released last week a list of 12 potential charter school programs that could be approved for the state under a law passed last year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the list and wonders how much all educators in the state will learn from the charter schools that gain approval and open in the next year or two. (March 19, 2014, Page 4)

Will you give, or get, help when needed?

First responders to a washout accident in Colorado last fall could be sued for their actions in a rescue, while it remains to be seen what will happen in the recent case in Florida where lifeguards and bystanders stopped a mother from driving herself and her kids into the ocean. Editor Don Whitten wonders how all of this will play out when it comes to the next accident — will people help or get helped because of the concern of lawsuits and criminal charges? (March 17, 2014, Page 4)

Increasing minimum wage a complex issue

Increasing the minimum wage will make life more livable for millions; everyone knows that. Increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs; everyone knows that. Both predictions are true, Editor Don Whitten writes as he looks into both sides of a proposal to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. (March 12, 2014, Page 4)

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)

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