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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Must Be Murph

In most parts of the world, he’s known as “Murphy.” In the Mississippi Delta, he’s “Murph” – but he still has his law that states that what can go wrong, will. Local columnist Jimmy Reed reflects on a duck hunting trip years ago when Murph was definitely a member of the hunting party. (October 19, 2010, Page 4)

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    Longer school year? Admirable but not feasible for all

    Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a recent appeal by President Obama to consider a longer school year to help with education in the United States. Discussions with former teachers and a current administrator show some of the concerns that educators and parents would have with the well-intentioned recommendation. (October 14, 2010, Page 4)

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      True Professionals

      Sometimes there’s a fear of doctors, no matter how much good they might do you. Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes that fear head-on as he relates recent relationships with a gastroenterologist, a cardiologist and a surgeon. (October 12, 2010, Page 4)

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        T. Roy, The Tater Tycoon

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells the story of Terence Royal who, after being turned down for a janitorial position, began a local produce operation that eventually helped his entire family. (October 5, 2010, Page 4)

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          Government could cash in with old rifles

          Would you or someone you know be interested in purchasing a vintage World War II and Korean War M1 Garand or Carbine rifle from the U.S. government? It appears there are crates and crates of them that were left in South Korea, but whether or not collectors and others will get a chance to buy them is up in the air. Editor Don Whitten sees this as a chance to raise a little money and please a lot of collectors and former soldiers. (October 4, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Language crucial, but do we need all these new words?

            Local columnist T.J. Ray has always stressed the importance of language, but he’s getting a little bothered by some of the words that are working their way into everyday use. He points to words like “modality,” “incent,” “analyzation,” “athleticism” and “physicality” as examples with most seeming to owe their popularity to TV announcers. (October 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Life’s lessons come early for black boys

              EAGLE columnist Deidra Jackson had to pass on a life lesson to her son recently, sparking thoughts of other lessons that parents must be sure to pass along to black sons. (September 30, 2010, Page 4)

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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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