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Friday, December 19, 2014

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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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    Let’s hope 114th is a ‘do-something’ Congress

    It’s our view that the 113th Congress earned its low approval ratings and our hope that the 114th Congress that convenes in January bucks that tradition and starts working together for the good of the country as a whole. (December 18, 2014, Page 4)

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      Supreme Court justices’ visit special opportunity

      It’s exciting to hear about the upcoming visit by not one, but two, sitting members of the United States Supreme Court. We applaud the efforts it took the bring justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan to the LOU community, and encourage those who can attend the even to do so. (November 28, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Let’s simplify the garbage can issue

        There is a proposal to change the ordinance about when garbage cans must be removed from the curb after pickup, but we feel it’s still a step from being as simple as it should be. Our view is not to set a time limit on retrieving your trash cans, but rather to set a specific time — say, midnight on the day your trash is picked up. (October 29, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Ineptocracy

          Local columnist T.J. Ray noticed a new word — ineptocracy — recently, and decided to look into possibilities about its origin and meaning. (September 4, 2014, Page 4)

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            Rights become rites as slide continues

            The end may, or may not, be near, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, but there is no doubt that there is a decline in our country and our culture. What’s ahead? It’s up to us, Ray writes. (July 10, 2014, Page 4)

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              Taking Nancy to task about arms treaty

              Local columnist T.J. Ray pens a letter to U.S. House leader Nancy Pelosi with questions and comments about her party’s policies, including the UN Arms Treaty. (May 15, 2014, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Peter Frost writes that a divided Congress will not be able to solve any problems and he calls on “minority ideologues” like Alan Nunnelee to start working with their more moderate colleagues. (October 23, 2013, Page 4)

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                  Children, Congress aren’t so very different

                  Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg has noticed a similarity between children and members of Congress, and the wonders if we ought to start treating Congress the same as we treat our kids when they don’t get along. (October 11, 2013, Page 4A)

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                    Voters keep Oxford on path to prosperity

                    News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at our thriving community – one of the fastest growing in the state – and writes about the blessing and curses of growth and who’s in charge of the change that’s inevitable. (June 6, 2013, Page 4)

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