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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Democracy

Is it the government — or the lack of it?

Local columnist T.J. Ray sees a change in the way our country is governed, noting that it is no longer a “government of the people” but rather a “government of two parties” that often times keeps a lot of things from getting done. (May 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Democracy: It works is you work it

    Local columnist T.J. Ray, in the wake of last month’s elections, stresses that the men and women we elect to Congress are there to serve us, and he calls on citizens to hold their elected officials accountable so that democracy will work. (December 18, 2014, Page 4)

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      We get what we work for, deserve

      Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that it appears our government is no longer “of the people” but “of the two parties” because of the division in ideology, and suggests it might be because citizens are no longer working as hard in the system. (November 9, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Government – or the lack of it

        Local columnist T.J. Ray admits he’s no constitutional scholar nor an attorney, but he still wonders about common beliefs about our country and its form of government and representation. Are we becoming a government run by the minority, he asks. (August 16, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Juanita Boutin writes to say that the 35 percent turnout for the special alderman election wasn’t impressive and to urge voters to cast ballots if for no other reason than to honor those who died to give us that right, while Telisha Dionne Bailey writes to ask for help with her doctoral dissertation about women and the Parchman prison. (February 16, 2012, Page 4)

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            More barriers at polls lead to fewer voters

            The more people that vote, the better our democratic form of government works, right? Why then, News Editor Jonathan Scott asks, would we want to approve Initiative 27 which would make it more difficult for a number of voters across the state of Mississippi? Scott takes a look at the proposal and offers a suggestion if the measure passes next month. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Eric Hankins writes to discuss religion in relation to Amendment 26 and says the initiative is an expression of democracy at its finest, while Ginger Mark writes to thank Rep. Alan Nunnelee for working on behalf of the diabetes community. (October 27, 2011, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Members of the Lafayette County DFCS write to thank those contributors who helped make Christmas Wish 2010 a big success, while Jeff Justis writes to question the meaning of a recent column by Jimmy Reed. (January 18, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  David King writes to urge people to give democracy and Democrats a chance, saying that it’s going to take time to get the change people voted for two years ago. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Doug Fancher writes a response to a recent letter by Harley Garrett discussing the Health Care bill and other issues. (April 5, 2010, Page 4A)

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