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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Local Columnists

The triangular negotiating table

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the ongoing negotiations and work on a Memorandum of Understanding for the new hospital to be built by Baptist, offering his take on different parts of the agreement and where he thinks things could be headed with local health care. (May 25, 2011, Page 4)

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    Sturm Und Drang

    Americans are now experiencing tremendous storm and stress – or Sturm und Drang, as the Germans call it. Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about the challenges we’ve faced through the years, and notes that we should use the upcoming Memorial Day holiday to honor those who gave on battlefields – but also those who fought and won economic and natural wars on the home front. (May 24, 2011, Page 4)

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      Mr. Anonymous and Old Fogies

      Do you get bothered when people use the term “old fogies” about older citizens? Local columnist T.J. Ray does, too, and he was upset with a recent piece titled “Old Fogie Pride” that came his way – until he gave it a closer look. (May 20, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Die Prayin’

        Have you ever thought about what you’d like to be doing when it comes your time to depart this earth? Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls a conversation from years ago where the best answer was from the man who wanted to die prayin’. (May 17, 2011, Page 4)

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          You Are A Diamond

          Sometimes teachers inspire students; sometimes, it’s the other way around. That’s the case for local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed, who writes about the heroic deeds of one of his students that he calls “a diamond.” (May 10, 2011, Page 4)

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            Our elephant involves help with mental illness

            Local columnist T.J. Ray points out the elephant standing in the corner of our room – the lack of help for folks with mental problems – and wonders when we’ll acknowledge it and do something about it. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Female Crickets Catch More Fish

              There’s nothing like a good fishing story – even if it involves the bait. Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls the story of bream fishing and telling a gullible fishermen about how female crickets catch more fish. (May 3, 2011, Page 4)

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                Ode to the tub

                Have you ever noticed the used tub yard west of Oxford? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the tub and its uses, both before and after it hits the tub yard. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Foolish Mistakes

                  Few aviators complete their careers without escaping dangerous incidents, usually when they have little flying experience. Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates the stories of his two big escapes, one when attempting a foolish maneuver and the other when he almost hit another aircraft. (April 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                    A generosity of bounty

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on large salaries for executives, breaking down a $4 million annual salary into how much the CEO would make per month, week, day and even hour and also considering a number of things that amount would buy or pay for. (April 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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