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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Sleazy Self-Expression

After addressing one of his student’s dress – a cap turned around backward and droopy pants – as he came into the classroom recently, local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed thought back to his high school days and what his principal did when he was not satisfied with his students’ dress. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

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    The case of the missing yard signs

    Election campaigning once meant small political cards, bumper stickers and possibly a fan to wave. Nowadays, it’s signs on posts and in yards and on street corners. Local columnist John Morgan relates a humorous story about his campaign signs from a year ago and how some were being used by someone else. (September 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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      A regnostic proposal

      Do church folks find themselves looking out instead of in? Has religion been transformed from something it once was? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on the subject by suggesting that churches and their members concentrate less on buildings and such and more on doing good works and helping others. (September 23, 2010, Page 4)

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        Disappearing Insurance

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about “disappearing insurance,” a valuable lesson he was taught as a youngster by Jaybird, a beloved black man who worked with his father. (September 21, 2010, Page 4)

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          It Tolls For Thee

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed quotes from John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to wrap up a piece about the value of friendships and helping one another. (September 14, 2010, Page 4)

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            Managing Anger Management

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a humorous look at different approaches to anger management ranging from his daughters’ suggestions that anger management courses can help to a story from a friend about one man’s way of dealing with a problem. (September 7, 2010, Page 4)

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              Confetti Flyboy

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls an unusual trip while getting an airworthiness inspection for his Piper Cub, one where he explains how he earned the identity to some air controllers as “Confetti Flyboy.” (August 31, 2010, Page 4)

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                Grappa in Radda

                A work-vacation trip to Europe made for some interesting experiences for local columnist John Morgan, who writes about the value of GPS systems when in a foreign land and how surprises can pop up in the least-expected places. (August 25, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Coveralls Behind The Door

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed pays tribute in a memorial to a dear friend, Tony Fratesi, who, like his family, worked his way up the ladder and always remembered to help others along the way. (August 10, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Obamas’ private vacation costs public money

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray admits that the Obamas are not the first “first family” to take private vacations that include things paid for with taxpayer dollars, but he does question if it sends the wrong message in today’s trying financial times. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

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