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Nun’s Prayer

Local columnist T.J. Ray offers readers a piece of valuable email he received recently – a prayer – and urges readers to read it slowly and aloud. (August 23, 2012, Page 4)

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    Brick’s Bed Buddy

    Have a phobia? Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls a college roommate who wasn’t afraid of anything – but snakes. (August 21, 2012, Page 4)

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      Gaming devices, other tech give rise to millennial maturity

      Youngsters have embraced the technology available these days, beginning with their earliest video-oriented games. Now, local columnist Deidra Jackson wonders, should there be a concern of this generation disengaging from society as most of us know it? (August 16, 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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          Sundy Mawnin’ Fuhgivniss Boots

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls Saturday-night journeys to Delta juke joints with his mentor, Jaybird, and how Jaybird talked about being right with the Lord after those trips, especially if he was wearing his “fuhgivniss” boots. (August 14, 2012, Page 4)

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            Wouldn’t It Be Great?

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at politics and elections and wonders if things wouldn’t be better if the issues could  be discussed and debated in an honest and civil manner. (August 7, 2012, Page 4)

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              Letters question group’s efficiency

              It’s one thing to get a letter asking to be part of something you’ve had an ongoing or past relationship with. It’s quite another, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, to be approached by someone you barely know, and it makes you wonder about that group’s efficiency in recruiting members, raising funds, et cetera. (August 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Stayin’ Pow’r

                William Faulkner talked about enduring and prevailing. Nelson Mandela talked about perserverance. Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about his friend and mentor Jaybird’s words for the same quality – “stayin’ pow’r.” (July 31, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Salaries – wow!

                  Time is precious, it’s been said. It’s more precious for some than others, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, as he looks at various salaries earned by CEOs, entertainers, pro athletes, et cetera. (July 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Food Stamp Fallout

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the world of food stamps through his conservative eyes and also through the liberal progressive eyes of one of his daughters. (July 24, 2012, Page 4)

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