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You may have some explaining to do

Have you ever typed in your name on your favorite Internet search engine? What did the results look like? How many of you are out there? Local columnist Deidra Jackson discovers that she’s a 42-year-old white female in prison or a top-scoring guard in college or a new bride – all at the same time. She takes a closer look at the possibilities and warns that you might well consider eliminating some of the content associated with your name. (February 3, 2011, Page 4)

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    By Jove

    Are women always right? Are they impossible to please? Local columnist Jimmy Reed looks at several thoughts on those questions and offers an argument put forth by one of his students that seemed to even make females in the class side with him. (February 1, 2011, Page 4)

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      Another proposal from left field – Amendment 28

      Local columnist T.J. Ray suggests that we propose and pass a 28th amendment that would make the president a non-partisan executive after he or she is elected, taking the split that parties and their differences have caused in our country. After all, Ray says, doesn’t the president represent everyone? (February 1, 2011, Page 4)

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        Happy The Cat

        Those who write newspaper columns, local writer Jimmy Reed says, don’t know who reads them, where they live or how they’ll react. One of his recent columns, however, got a positive reaction with a reader giving Reed a couple of examples of God answering prayers. (January 25, 2011, Page 4)

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          Road to closing the achievement gap

          Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at studies of newborns and young children and how they develop academically, pointing out that race and class aren’t as big of factors as parenting and the quality and quantity of speech in the home. (January 20, 2011, Page 4)

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            Poor Poodle

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells a humorous tale of French royalty and trying to do good. (January 18, 2011, Page 4)

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              Still, I Ask

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed wonders sometimes what and how God thinks, and he’s sure He has a sense of humor. While knowing that God knows best, Reed says he still asks for things. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

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                Public meetings help produce public input

                Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that public input through attending public meetings – before decisions are made – is essential to making decisions about local programs and projects such as school and hospital expansion and growth. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Dead animals, harvest of fishy and fowl claims

                  Dead birds and dead fish. Coincidence or incidental? That’s the question local columnist Deidra Jackson asks as she talks about a few ongoing stories with widespread coverage and widely varied explanations. Jackson urges us to seek the real truth and also to remember that we’re responsible for taking care of this Earth. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Good Gossip

                    Bad gossip and good storytelling share, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes, a characteristic that makes one more injurious and the other more interesting. Reed relates a recent discussion with some of his students and makes the point that there’s no such thing as good gossip. (January 4, 2011, Page 4)

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