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Thursday, July 31, 2014

T.J. Ray

The triangular negotiating table

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the ongoing negotiations and work on a Memorandum of Understanding for the new hospital to be built by Baptist, offering his take on different parts of the agreement and where he thinks things could be headed with local health care. (May 25, 2011, Page 4)

Mr. Anonymous and Old Fogies

Do you get bothered when people use the term “old fogies” about older citizens? Local columnist T.J. Ray does, too, and he was upset with a recent piece titled “Old Fogie Pride” that came his way – until he gave it a closer look. (May 20, 2011, Page 4A)

Our elephant involves help with mental illness

Local columnist T.J. Ray points out the elephant standing in the corner of our room – the lack of help for folks with mental problems – and wonders when we’ll acknowledge it and do something about it. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

Ode to the tub

Have you ever noticed the used tub yard west of Oxford? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the tub and its uses, both before and after it hits the tub yard. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

A generosity of bounty

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on large salaries for executives, breaking down a $4 million annual salary into how much the CEO would make per month, week, day and even hour and also considering a number of things that amount would buy or pay for. (April 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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)

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)

Be aware of your surroundings

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after a chance morning encounter with several deer near his house, writes about how we need to spend a bit more time than we do noticing all of the things around us. (April 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Rumors, concerns about hospital, possible site

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the hospital relocation issue, commenting on rumors as well as public statements made about possible sites and options. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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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