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‘Pologize, Dice

Sometimes, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes, you have to learn lessons the hard way. Reed recalls his mentor, Jaybird, teaching him about gambling and smoking and the problems those vices caused. (August 30, 2011, Page 4)

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    Are questions too hard, answers unclear or what?

    Are you a Curious George? Do you wonder about who’s responsible when gravel trucks’ loads crack windshields or who deals with political signs on the right-of-way? Local columnist T.J. Ray took these and other questions to those who you’d think should know, and he writes about the answers — or non-answers — he received. (August 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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      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)

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        Something’s Rotten

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes to take issue with the fact that senior citizens are having to worry whether or not they’ll receive peace of mind – and a decent return on all the work and money they’ve put into the system through the years. (August 16, 2011, Page 4)

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          Interstate barriers – the best answer for safety

          Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at a new system designed to make highways safer – barriers in the median that include posts and cable. He looks into the cost and wonders if there might not be better ways to spend money or to make traveling safer. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

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            What Angels Eat

            Mark Twain said the Southern watermelon is king of all fruits, and local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the delicious melon – including a lesson he learned about picking the best ones out at the Farmers’ Market. (August 9, 2011, Page 4)

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              Election Day and time to vote

              Local columnist T.J. Ray isn’t all that excited about some of the things that are part of election season, but he is sure about one thing – anyone qualified to vote should be voting Tuesday, Aug. 2. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Politics as usual? These days, it’s politics unusual

                Has politics changed? And is it winning? Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about the gamesmanship and inflexibility that’s taken over the process and wonders how the vast majority will end up having to deal with what’s ahead. (July 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Bureau-Rats

                  Like walnuts? Did you know there are some that would lump the tasty nut in with illegal drugs? Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at walnuts and other food items we’ve been enjoying for years and notes that there seems to be disagreements between folks in the FDA and others concerning their true value. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Are traffic cameras, tag scanners a privacy issue?

                    Some like that technology is helping law enforcement officials while others are opposed to it and cite privacy concerns. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the issue and wonders if there might need to be a new definition of privacy. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

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