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Thursday, October 23, 2014

T.J. Ray

Was ‘Trial of the Century’ news or entertainment?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

Life and death

Does it bother you a bit more when you see a squirrel dead in the middle of the road than when three bugs die crashing into your windshield? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how there seems to be a pecking order in both life and death. (July 7, 2011, Page 4)

The OED – dictionary extraordinary

It has 27 volumes, 21,730 pages and 59 million words – the Oxford English Dictionary. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the multi-volume book and passes along a few words he found in its entries. (June 29, 2011, Page 4)

Neither major party really gets it

Local columnist T.J. Ray received a form letter the other day asking for contributions and support for one of our major political parties. That sparked Ray to ponder both major parties and how neither one completely fills most folks wish lists. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

Counting – numbers have all kinds of meanings

Numbers count days, years, all kinds of things. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at how many of us use numbers counting up and down. (June 2, 2011, Page 4A)

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)

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