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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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                    Leave Lyndo Alone

                    The things we do as youngsters in the name of growing up and having our clubs! Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his days in the “Mohicans” and how they involved a youngster named Lyndo in an initiation rite that put him right in the middle of a “waust” mess. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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