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Saturday, December 20, 2014

T.J. Ray

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)

Dealing with natural clothes drying

Local columnist T.J. Ray saw a window to the past recently — a clothesline in use. He writes about memories of hanging and taking in clothing from that early natural dryer. (December 12, 2014, Page 4)

The best way to deal with leaves

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes readers through his progression as one who has to deal with an abundance of leaves in his yard, and ends up thinking it might be best to let someone else take care of them. (December 4, 2014, Page 4A)

Signs of Confederacy disappearing?

Local columnist T.J. Ray notices that less and less history is being taught and that means less will be known about the Civil War. He writes about other changes that appear to show that signs of the Confederacy are disappearing and wonders what is next. (November 28, 2014, Page 4A)

School board should consider public stewardship

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the Oxford School Board looking into selling some school property and nots that the board should also consider the city and the neighborhood when making its decision. (November 20, 2014, Page 4A)

A letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Democratic National Committee telling them that he doesn’t need any correspondence or surveys from her political party — or any party, for that matter. (November 14, 2014, Page 4A)

Making something — a real wonder

Have you ever thought about all that goes into making something? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a simple item — the toothpick — and follows it from the woods into your mouth. (November 6, 2014, Page 4A)

Dealing with manners, unwanted customs

Local columnist T.J. Ray finds examples every day of changes in customs that have to do with manners and acceptable behavior, and wonders when, or if, we will do something about it. (October 31, 2014, Page 4A)

Inadvertent 911 call not good, but comforting

Local columnist T.J. Ray tells of a confusing, but ultimately comforting, meeting with a local law enforcement officer after he accidentally hit a 911 button on his telephone recently. (October 23, 2014, Page 4A)

Deadly Sins change names, but still the same

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at “The Seven Deadly Sins” — lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride — and notices they are all still problems, even though we may call them by different names these days. (October 13, 2014, Page 4)

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