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You Are A Diamond

Sometimes teachers inspire students; sometimes, it’s the other way around. That’s the case for local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed, who writes about the heroic deeds of one of his students that he calls “a diamond.” (May 10, 2011, Page 4)

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    Our elephant involves help with mental illness

    Local columnist T.J. Ray points out the elephant standing in the corner of our room – the lack of help for folks with mental problems – and wonders when we’ll acknowledge it and do something about it. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Female Crickets Catch More Fish

      There’s nothing like a good fishing story – even if it involves the bait. Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls the story of bream fishing and telling a gullible fishermen about how female crickets catch more fish. (May 3, 2011, Page 4)

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        Ode to the tub

        Have you ever noticed the used tub yard west of Oxford? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the tub and its uses, both before and after it hits the tub yard. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Foolish Mistakes

          Few aviators complete their careers without escaping dangerous incidents, usually when they have little flying experience. Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates the stories of his two big escapes, one when attempting a foolish maneuver and the other when he almost hit another aircraft. (April 26, 2011, Page 4)

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            A generosity of bounty

            Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on large salaries for executives, breaking down a $4 million annual salary into how much the CEO would make per month, week, day and even hour and also considering a number of things that amount would buy or pay for. (April 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Pierced Hands

              Hands are the key to the most wonderful story ever told. Local columnist Jimmy Reed explains as he takes a look at James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation” along with the story of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection as we continue through Holy Week. (April 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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                The road to Jericho

                Most know the story of the Good Samaritan, but how many of us practice charity with any regularity? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at a handout he got the other day that explores the Indian Creed. Two principles he mentions involve not being greedy when others are in need and being in service to others. (April 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Embrace assumptions and draw the wrong conclusions

                  It’s probably surprising the number of times we just assume that something we hear, read or think just isn’t that way. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a few of those assumptions you might get from just skimming the headlines, and warns that we need to watch our perceptions a bit closer. (April 14, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Mirror, mirror

                    Who do you see when you look in the mirror. The odds are, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, that you see a college kid in the mirror. We seem to think that we don’t age as much as our friends and neighbors because we don’t want to think about the passing of time affecting us. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

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