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Friday, May 29, 2015

T.J. Ray

Is it the government — or the lack of it?

Local columnist T.J. Ray sees a change in the way our country is governed, noting that it is no longer a “government of the people” but rather a “government of two parties” that often times keeps a lot of things from getting done. (May 22, 2015, Page 4A)

Board decision options often quite difficult

Local columnist T.J. Ray, a local school board member himself for several years, acknowledges that often decisions boards have to make are very difficult. With that perspective, he takes a look at what’s been said and not said about a situation involving a teacher’s reassignment in the Oxford School District. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

Have we become a network of strangers?

Local columnist T.J. Ray asks readers to take part in a “test” as he looks into neighborhoods and neighbors and how they’ve changed over the years. (May 8, 2015, Page 4A)

Not all gets mentioned in talks about growth

Is bigger always better? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at that question and others in connection with local efforts to look and plan ahead for the growth of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. (May 1, 2015, Page 4A)

Who to vote for … who to vote for

Local columnist T.J. Ray is looking over his options as far as voting in upcoming elections, and he’s wondering about candidates from both major parties. (April 24, 2015, Page 4A)

Computer use needs more evaluation

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at computer use by students in schools and suggests that more evaluation is needed about how much it helps and how it affects students’ learning. (April 17, 2015, Page 4A)

A man’s home is his castle — until …

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the freedom one feels after paying off a car or, even more, your house, and then wonders how those in that situation feel when eminent domain or the ruling of a preservation committee all but tells them their home is not really theirs alone. (April 10, 2015, Page 4A)

It depends on what you want to know

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about a video he received recently showing college students being asked questions, and he expressed concern about some of the answers they knew and didn’t know. (March 27, 2015, Page 4B)

That’s a lot of cigarette butts

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after seeing a motorist flip a cigarette butt out his window recently, checked into how many cigarettes an average smoker goes through in a year and the overall effect of all those filters on the environment. (March 13, 2015, Page 4)

Dancing politicians

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look back at a recent program in town that featured two state legislators discussing education and other issues in Mississippi. (March 6, 2015, Page 4)

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