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‘The Help’ shouldn’t sell us warm, fuzzy nostalgia

Local columnist Deidra Jackson is a little suspect about the book and movie, “The Help,” after reading some of the reviews, and she talks with someone – her mother – who lived the life as a housekeeper decades ago for a different perspective. (August 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Interstate barriers – the best answer for safety

    Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at a new system designed to make highways safer – barriers in the median that include posts and cable. He looks into the cost and wonders if there might not be better ways to spend money or to make traveling safer. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

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      What Angels Eat

      Mark Twain said the Southern watermelon is king of all fruits, and local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the delicious melon – including a lesson he learned about picking the best ones out at the Farmers’ Market. (August 9, 2011, Page 4)

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        My Guys

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a moment to thank “his guys,” the men and women who wear badges as law enforcement officers and firemen and work to keep our world safe. (August 2, 2011, Page 4)

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          Election Day and time to vote

          Local columnist T.J. Ray isn’t all that excited about some of the things that are part of election season, but he is sure about one thing – anyone qualified to vote should be voting Tuesday, Aug. 2. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Politics as usual? These days, it’s politics unusual

            Has politics changed? And is it winning? Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about the gamesmanship and inflexibility that’s taken over the process and wonders how the vast majority will end up having to deal with what’s ahead. (July 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Bureau-Rats

              Like walnuts? Did you know there are some that would lump the tasty nut in with illegal drugs? Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at walnuts and other food items we’ve been enjoying for years and notes that there seems to be disagreements between folks in the FDA and others concerning their true value. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                Are traffic cameras, tag scanners a privacy issue?

                Some like that technology is helping law enforcement officials while others are opposed to it and cite privacy concerns. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the issue and wonders if there might need to be a new definition of privacy. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Abe The Dealmaker

                  Remember the story from Genesis about Abraham trying to deal with God to save Sodom? Local columnist Jimmy Reed uses the story to illustrate the point that the country’s leadership needs to learn a bit more about compromise if there’s to be any solution to the ongoing debt crisis and economic woes. (July 19, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Was ‘Trial of the Century’ news or entertainment?

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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