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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Anthem follow-up

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes a follow-up column to last week’s piece about respecting the national anthem and U.S. flag, noting that the Super Bowl showing still left him wondering why we don’t just drop the singing of the national anthem before big events if it can’t be done properly. (February 9, 2012, Page 4)

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    A Wretch Like Me

    John Newton made one of life’s biggest turnarounds, going from being a man involved with slavery to becoming a minister and composer of hymns. Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at Newton’s life and some of his works. (February 7, 2012, Page 4)

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      The national anthem and flags – what gives?

      Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how the national anthem is often performed before major sporting events and the way the U.S. flag is treated, wondering why people seem willing to disrespect both. (February 2, 2012, Page 4)

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        Who’s Colored?

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls some wise words from his mentor, Jaybird, and American writer Thomas Dreier as they taught him about equality and color. (January 31, 2012, Page 4)

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          Recent wreck not a normal one

          What usually happens following a fender-bender? Trouble with insurance companies and body shops? Local columnist T.J. Ray tells the story of a recent wreck that went about as well as anyone could hope for – for a change. (January 26, 2012, Page 4)

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            Justice Will Be Served

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed sees a comparison between some of today’s politicians and Old Testament king Rehoboam, noting that sometimes their actions are rejected and justice is served in the end. (January 24, 2012, Page 4)

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              Consolidation can be part of school management

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on the subject of education funding and one answer that’s been suggested often but not always taken: consolidation. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

                With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Neither Should He Eat

                  An initial assignment in one of  local columnist Jimmy Reed’s classes eventually led to Reed being a mediator as his students discussed Occupy Wall Street. In the end, Reed added his own thoughts about hard work and production. (January 17, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Ablation!

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at some of God’s creations (good food, fish, salads, et cetera) and Satan’s responses (sugary snacks, pastries, salad dressing, et cetera) after a recent visit to his doctor discussing another of God’s wonderful creations – doctors who can perform ablation. (January 10, 2012, Page 4)

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