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State needs to do a better job with management of mental health care

Local columnist T.J. Ray discusses Mississippi’s management of mental health care, comparing it to a Ringling Brothers Circus act. (March 9, 2011, Page 4)

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    Onomatopoeia

    Local columnist Jimmy Reed found a way to jumpstart his literature class when teaching them about onomatopoeia — words that create a clearer meaning by suggesting certain sounds, or that can be used for rhetorical effect. (March 8, 2011, Page 4)

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      Whitewashing American history hurtful to all

      Do you remember the epic TV presentation “Roots” from the late-1970s? Perhaps you’ve seen it since and felt its impact. Local columnist Deidra Jackson recalls when she saw the series and wonders about how we don’t seem to have many insightful, educational and entertaining things like that to teach history to the youth of today. With political correctness and other factors, she wonders if we’re not whitewashing our history, which does no one any real good. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)

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        Frugality Is Fun

        In this materialistic, card-swipe age, frugality and thrift are often ignored. Local columnist Jimmy Reed points to his upbringing and his Mama’s mindset as he writes that America’s sub-motto should be: Frugality is fun. (March 1, 2011, Page 4)

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          Chitlins

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed’s memories of reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ work about human nature sparked other memories – of his constant companion and mentor Jaybird teaching him to enjoy eating chitlins. (February 22, 2011, Page 4)

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            Consider options for performing national anthem

            It happens all too often – the national anthem is botched at a big-time, televised event. The most recent? The Super Bowl. Local columnist T.J. Ray says the song is too important to be messed with and suggests other options when it comes to having it performed on the big stage. (February 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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              The race awaits for a good cause

              Diabetes is a disease that affects so many of our children, and local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about a way to help some of those youngsters – by participating in the fundraising run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K that’s coming up Feb. 26 in Oxford. Jackson plans to participate and encourages readers to join her and others in the event. (February 17, 2011, Page 4)

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                Poker Face

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates Mark Twain’s classic short story, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to tales he recently shared – with a poker face – with his students. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Laws – and questions about them

                  If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a noise? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes that line of questioning and debtate in the world of traffic and laws and wonders about things like school warning lights flashing on the weekend and the lengths of parking spaces. (February 10, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Love Is Life

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed urges readers, particularly the gentlemen, to remember their sweeties on Valentine’s Day and to also remember the importance of love and telling those we love that we do. (February 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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