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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Wishing our departing editor a Happy -30-

The time is fast approaching for Oxford EAGLE Don Whitten to turn to retirement, and local columnist T.J. takes a look at his involvement with Whitten through the years. (June 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Words come and words go

    Words and phrases such as “carbon copy” and “broken record” have gone by the wayside, while new to our vocabulary are ones such as “vape,” “fantasy sports” and “deck building.” Local columnist T.J. Ray looks into how words come and words go. (June 19, 2015, Page 4A)

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      ‘Honest, law-abiding fellow’

      Does “Joe” deserve your vote because he’s an “honest, law-abiding fellow.” Local columnist T.J. Ray says no, but he also wonders how many real honest, law-abiding fellows there are out there. (June 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Is it the government — or the lack of it?

        Local columnist T.J. Ray sees a change in the way our country is governed, noting that it is no longer a “government of the people” but rather a “government of two parties” that often times keeps a lot of things from getting done. (May 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Board decision options often quite difficult

          Local columnist T.J. Ray, a local school board member himself for several years, acknowledges that often decisions boards have to make are very difficult. With that perspective, he takes a look at what’s been said and not said about a situation involving a teacher’s reassignment in the Oxford School District. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Have we become a network of strangers?

            Local columnist T.J. Ray asks readers to take part in a “test” as he looks into neighborhoods and neighbors and how they’ve changed over the years. (May 8, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Not all gets mentioned in talks about growth

              Is bigger always better? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at that question and others in connection with local efforts to look and plan ahead for the growth of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. (May 1, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Who to vote for … who to vote for

                Local columnist T.J. Ray is looking over his options as far as voting in upcoming elections, and he’s wondering about candidates from both major parties. (April 24, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Computer use needs more evaluation

                  Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at computer use by students in schools and suggests that more evaluation is needed about how much it helps and how it affects students’ learning. (April 17, 2015, Page 4A)

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                    Speak Yo’ Mind, Son

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed, thinking back to the words of his childhood mentor Jaybird, relates a reverie with words that included Jaybird’s take on many things going on today. (April 14, 2015, Page 4)

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