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The road to Jericho

Most know the story of the Good Samaritan, but how many of us practice charity with any regularity? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at a handout he got the other day that explores the Indian Creed. Two principles he mentions involve not being greedy when others are in need and being in service to others. (April 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Mirror, mirror

    Who do you see when you look in the mirror. The odds are, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, that you see a college kid in the mirror. We seem to think that we don’t age as much as our friends and neighbors because we don’t want to think about the passing of time affecting us. (April 7, 2011, Page 4)

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      Spattered Batter

      For boys who love sports, two brass rings are eve in their dreams: their first home run and their first touchdown. Local columnist Jimmy Reed tells the story of his first home run, a roundtripper that ended a bit unusually. (March 29, 2011, Page 4)

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        Seasoned With Salt

        Being politically correct, local columnist Jimmy Reed readily admits, is not one of his strong points. He goes to to point out that there are times when it’s just not reasonable and practical – when being direct is what’s called for in communication. (March 22, 2011, Page 4)

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          Whitewashing American history hurtful to all

          Do you remember the epic TV presentation “Roots” from the late-1970s? Perhaps you’ve seen it since and felt its impact. Local columnist Deidra Jackson recalls when she saw the series and wonders about how we don’t seem to have many insightful, educational and entertaining things like that to teach history to the youth of today. With political correctness and other factors, she wonders if we’re not whitewashing our history, which does no one any real good. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)

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            Frugality Is Fun

            In this materialistic, card-swipe age, frugality and thrift are often ignored. Local columnist Jimmy Reed points to his upbringing and his Mama’s mindset as he writes that America’s sub-motto should be: Frugality is fun. (March 1, 2011, Page 4)

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              Chitlins

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed’s memories of reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ work about human nature sparked other memories – of his constant companion and mentor Jaybird teaching him to enjoy eating chitlins. (February 22, 2011, Page 4)

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                Consider options for performing national anthem

                It happens all too often – the national anthem is botched at a big-time, televised event. The most recent? The Super Bowl. Local columnist T.J. Ray says the song is too important to be messed with and suggests other options when it comes to having it performed on the big stage. (February 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Poker Face

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates Mark Twain’s classic short story, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to tales he recently shared – with a poker face – with his students. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Love Is Life

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed urges readers, particularly the gentlemen, to remember their sweeties on Valentine’s Day and to also remember the importance of love and telling those we love that we do. (February 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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