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Embrace assumptions and draw the wrong conclusions

It’s probably surprising the number of times we just assume that something we hear, read or think just isn’t that way. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a few of those assumptions you might get from just skimming the headlines, and warns that we need to watch our perceptions a bit closer. (April 14, 2011, Page 4)

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    Mirror, mirror

    Who do you see when you look in the mirror. The odds are, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, that you see a college kid in the mirror. We seem to think that we don’t age as much as our friends and neighbors because we don’t want to think about the passing of time affecting us. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

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      Maverick

      Maverick. To many, they’re unorthodox, non-conformist and independent-minded. To others, they swim upstream as they seek new truths and disprove old ones. Local columnist Jimmy Reed, a self-proclaimed maverick, tells the story of one of the all-time mavericks, Albert Einstein. (April 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Be aware of your surroundings

        Local columnist T.J. Ray, after a chance morning encounter with several deer near his house, writes about how we need to spend a bit more time than we do noticing all of the things around us. (April 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Spattered Batter

          For boys who love sports, two brass rings are eve in their dreams: their first home run and their first touchdown. Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells the story of his first home run, a roundtripper that ended a bit unusually. (March 29, 2011, Page 4)

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            Critical thinking skills? Don’t make app for that

            Some of the basics and fundamentals of education – think teaching cursive writing – are going by the wayside in many schools. The cause? Technology. Local columnist Deidra Jackson worries about the trend and how it may eventually affect critical thinking by our youngsters in the education process. (March 24, 2011, Page 4)

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              Rumors, concerns about hospital, possible site

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the hospital relocation issue, commenting on rumors as well as public statements made about possible sites and options. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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                Seasoned With Salt

                Being politically correct, local columnist Jimmy Reed readily admits, is not one of his strong points. He goes to to point out that there are times when it’s just not reasonable and practical – when being direct is what’s called for in communication. (March 22, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Taking advantage of one of those breaks

                  Empty parking spaces are the best sign around here that school’s out, and there have been plenty available around Oxford this week. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at spring break and how many folks are spending their time this week or how they might wrap up things this weekend. (March 17, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Wells takes us back in times with Faulkners, Oxford

                    Oxford is known for being the home to Ole Miss, the home of many writers and the home of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner. Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of William Faulkner, has written a book that takes a closer look at her uncle, the Faulkner family and the community here where she grew up and lives today, and Editor Don Whitten takes an inside look at Dean Wells and that book, “Every Day by the Sun,” which is being released this month. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)

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