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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Don Whitten

Radical plan might get lawmakers working

Editor Don Whitten wonders if more radical measures might be helpful in getting the House and Senate to settle some of their differences. The plan? Something involving canned meat, crackers and locked doors. (October 3, 2013, Page 4)

Ole Miss Opportunity program good for state

Families and individuals in Mississippi thinking about college and funding to pay for it might have another option to consider: the Ole Miss Opportunity scholarship program for low-income Mississippians. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the program, which offers assistance to the neediest of possible students, and how it can help the state overall. (October 2, 2013, Page 4)

‘The Tilted World’ familiar for a reason

Ever get that feeling of déja vu when you start reading a book or watching a TV show? Editor Don Whitten explains why he got that feeling as he read the new novel, “The Tilted World,” by the local husband-wife writing duo of Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. (September 30, 2013, Page 4A)

Old phone book shows changes in Oxford

Where were you in 1974, almost 40 years ago? Editor Don Whitten, after glancing through a 1974 phone book, writes about some of the people and places around Oxford that have changed and others that have not over the course of four decades. (September 25, 2013, Page 4)

Burns-Belfry – what hopes, dreams can do

The Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center, formally dedicated Saturday evening, is the product of hopes, dreams – and a lot of hard work. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Saturday’s event and what the project means to the community. (September 23, 2013, Page 4A)

Will selling cold beer really make a difference?

Editor Don Whitten writes about the ability now to purchase cold beer at grocery and convenience stores in Oxford, wondering how much of a difference it really is going to make in revenue and changes in habits. (September 20, 2013, Page 4A)

Women lead the way in social networking

The Pew Research Center recently published an article that said women are using social media on a larger scale than men. Editor Don Whitten writes that he’s not surprised based on his non-scientific observations. (September 18, 2013, Page 4)

Let’s be cautious – but not because Putin says so

It appears there could be a settlement in the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria. Maybe. Editor Don Whitten looks at the ongoing situation and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recently op-ed piece in The New York Times and urges caution regardless of what’s being said or written. (September 16, 2013, Page 4A)

Crosstown Classic – tradition with a new twist

August games, November games, bowl games, playoff games – you never know when the annual Oxford-Lafayette football game will be played. Editor Don Whitten, who’s been present at the past 37 meetings between the Chargers and Commodores, takes a look at the series that rolls around again Friday night with a game at William L. Buford Stadium at LHS. (September 12, 2013, Page 4)

UN involvement in Syria not very impressive

The United Nations may end up being involved in the conflict over chemical weapons use in Syria, but not because of quick, decisive action on its part. Editor Don Whitten writes about the international governing body’s action – or inaction – and how it affects the United States’ eventual moves in the Middle East. (September 11, 2013, Page 4)

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