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Election Day and time to vote

Local columnist T.J. Ray isn’t all that excited about some of the things that are part of election season, but he is sure about one thing – anyone qualified to vote should be voting Tuesday, Aug. 2. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Politics as usual? These days, it’s politics unusual

    Has politics changed? And is it winning? Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about the gamesmanship and inflexibility that’s taken over the process and wonders how the vast majority will end up having to deal with what’s ahead. (July 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Bureau-Rats

      Like walnuts? Did you know there are some that would lump the tasty nut in with illegal drugs? Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at walnuts and other food items we’ve been enjoying for years and notes that there seems to be disagreements between folks in the FDA and others concerning their true value. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

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        Are traffic cameras, tag scanners a privacy issue?

        Some like that technology is helping law enforcement officials while others are opposed to it and cite privacy concerns. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the issue and wonders if there might need to be a new definition of privacy. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

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          Abe The Dealmaker

          Remember the story from Genesis about Abraham trying to deal with God to save Sodom? Local columnist Jimmy Reed uses the story to illustrate the point that the country’s leadership needs to learn a bit more about compromise if there’s to be any solution to the ongoing debt crisis and economic woes. (July 19, 2011, Page 4)

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            Was ‘Trial of the Century’ news or entertainment?

            Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Candidates, if you’re not sincere, voters will say ‘no’

              When strange men start knocking on her door, local columnist Deidra Jackson knows it must be election time. Jackson takes a look at the door-to-door campaigning and offers a few tips to those who are out to sway those who’ll be voting in upcoming elections. (July 14, 2011, Page 4)

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                Green-uns

                There are all kinds of ways to learn valuable lessons, and local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about one as he revisits memories of pilfering green, juicy plums from trees in the yard of one of his teachers at school. (July 12, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Life and death

                  Does it bother you a bit more when you see a squirrel dead in the middle of the road than when three bugs die crashing into your windshield? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how there seems to be a pecking order in both life and death. (July 7, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Dreamers and Doers

                    People often fall into one of two categories – dreamers and doers. Occasionally, however, there are those who are both. Local columnist Jimmy Reed talks about one of those, a student of his who is working to overcome lupus on the way to becoming a doctor. (July 5, 2011, Page 4)

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