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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Lawmakers and education — who needs the public?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at education issues in Mississippi and how some are being handled by state lawmakers and other interest groups. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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    The Long Run

    Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the move to legalize marijuana, noting that we should be looking at the long-term effects rather than the short-term gains. (February 10, 2015, Page 4)

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      Naming the new football team

      Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a humorous look at what it might be like to come up with a team name and mascot for a new university, college or high school football team. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Out!

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes advice he learned from his childhood mentor to the classroom as he instills discipline and responsibility among his students. It’s much better to be inside learning than “out.” (February 3, 2015, Page 4)

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          We think we know it all — until we learn more

          Local columnist T.J. Ray takes readers inside the bidding and building process to show how much more is involved for all who take part in the process from planning to building. (February 2, 2015, Page 4)

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            Volunteering at Pantry can be very moving

            Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at what goes on at the Pantry during the week, and notes that volunteers will experience all kinds of emotions if they spend a week or two helping out. (January 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Have the giving spirit year-round

              It’s obvious that most are very giving and generous during the holidays, but local columnist T.J. Ray calls on everyone to continue that giving spirit regardless of what the calendar says. (January 9, 2015, Page 4)

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                Democracy: It works is you work it

                Local columnist T.J. Ray, in the wake of last month’s elections, stresses that the men and women we elect to Congress are there to serve us, and he calls on citizens to hold their elected officials accountable so that democracy will work. (December 18, 2014, Page 4)

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                  The Greatest Gift Of All

                  Local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed brings readers a column written by members of his creative writing class: a story of a Christmas past that shows the love between a father and a son. (December 16, 2014, Page 4)

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                    Dealing with natural clothes drying

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray saw a window to the past recently — a clothesline in use. He writes about memories of hanging and taking in clothing from that early natural dryer. (December 12, 2014, Page 4)

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