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Friday, October 24, 2014

World War II

UN involvement in Syria not very impressive

The United Nations may end up being involved in the conflict over chemical weapons use in Syria, but not because of quick, decisive action on its part. Editor Don Whitten writes about the international governing body’s action – or inaction – and how it affects the United States’ eventual moves in the Middle East. (September 11, 2013, Page 4)

His Ways

Local columnist Jimmy Reed marks Father’s Day week by recalling the lessons his Dad taught him and how he took care of their family. (June 11, 2013, Page 4)

Take time now to learn about your past

Did your father or grandfather serve the country in the military? How did your parents meet? What is your family background? Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg warns that most of us are going to end up not knowing full answers to those questions if we don’t take the time now to learn about our past. (May 24, 2013, Page 4A)

Valentine Story

Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells the story of Andrew and Alice – an eternal and inspirational Valentine story. (February 12, 2013, Page 4)

Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

Constitution Week – and a Constitution quiz

How many of you have followed through on Maralyn Howell Bullion’s request to read the U.S. Constitution during Constitution Week? Editor Don Whitten encourages readers to do just that, and he offers a quiz to see how well you understand what you read. (September 21, 2011, Page 4)

Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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)

Questions – and unclear answers

Larry Csonka, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Steve Spielberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Donald Trump and, perhaps, many of you. What’s the common factor? Age, as all of those, plus some of you, were born in 1946 and will be eligible for Medicare sometime this year. Editor Don Whitten wonders about the future of Medicare and Social Security as Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 get ready to take their share from the programs. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)

We need to meet all veterans’ needs

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how we’ve dealt with our fallen military men and women through the years, and wonders why we don’t always seem to have as noticeable of a welcome back for returning servicemen and women. On Veterans Day, he urges us to take care of all of our veterans. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)

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