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‘Pologize, Dice

Sometimes, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes, you have to learn lessons the hard way. Reed recalls his mentor, Jaybird, teaching him about gambling and smoking and the problems those vices caused. (August 30, 2011, Page 4)

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    Are questions too hard, answers unclear or what?

    Are you a Curious George? Do you wonder about who’s responsible when gravel trucks’ loads crack windshields or who deals with political signs on the right-of-way? Local columnist T.J. Ray took these and other questions to those who you’d think should know, and he writes about the answers — or non-answers — he received. (August 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Are tattoos on women the new Virginia Slims?

      They’re out there, local columnist Deidra Jackson says. Who? Women without tattoos. Has body art, once almost solely on males, become the thing that makes women feel good about themselves? Jackson takes a closer look at tattoos and their real effect. (August 25, 2011, Page 4)

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        A Debt Unpaid

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed explores vows and promises in relation to the Old Testament story of Jephthah, and notes that a promise made is a debt unpaid. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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          Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

          When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Something’s Rotten

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes to take issue with the fact that senior citizens are having to worry whether or not they’ll receive peace of mind – and a decent return on all the work and money they’ve put into the system through the years. (August 16, 2011, Page 4)

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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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