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Some pets can be an invasive species

Local columnist T.J. Ray discusses invasive species of animals and wonders if pit bulls should be added to the list because of all of the problems they cause. (March 10, 2010, Page 4)

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    The Gin – Hotter than hot!

    Longtime Oxonian John Morgan recalls many happy stops at The Gin, whose downtown location (that had been closed for several years) burned earlier in the week. Morgan explains what it’s like to be a “Gin person.” (March 10, 2010, Page 4)

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      Like, Whatever

      Local columnist Jimmy Reed, who teaches composition and literature classes, has seen a wide variety of answers to questions, particularly bonus questions, on exams. Reed gives a few examples of some of the unusual and entertaining prose his students have offered recently. (March 9, 2010, Page 4)

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        I’ll Still Be An Ant

        Columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look back at the well-know fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper” and looks into how it fits into today’s world, media and government. (February 23, 2010, Page 4)

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          Our Own Babylon

          Columnist Jimmy Reed wonders if America is headed toward its own Babylon. What can save the country – a change in who makes the laws? (February 16, 2010, Page 4)

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            Smile! You’re on camera

            Cameras at traffic lights. Cameras in stores. Cameras in police cars. With cameras everywhere, we should all be aware that it’s a lot easier to catch us doing something wrong. Is that an approach that’s being accepted? Columnist T.J. Ray debates the issue. (February 12, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Love

              Columnist Jimmy Reed looks into the wide range of definitions for “love,” and comes away with a variety of answers. (February 9, 2010, Page 4)

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                Schools need assistance in dealing with cuts

                Funding problems are only going to get worse for Mississippi educators with the governor announcing more budget cuts. Administrators want to make the cuts without affecting the education process, and they say they need a bit more assistance from lawmakers and education officals at the state level. (February 5, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Talking heads

                  Imagine four or five nicely dressed adults sitting around a huge table discussing current events. Columnist T.J. Ray calls them, as many others, “talking heads” and wonders why sports and political commentators are so popular. (February 3, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Freddie

                    Columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his days learning to fly under the direction of instructor Fred Frazier back in the late 1970s. Reed valued Frazer’s flying tips and instruction so much that he eventually named his Piper Cub after Mr. Fred. (February 2, 2010, Page 4)

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