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T.J. Ray

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)

Laws – and questions about them

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a noise? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes that line of questioning and debtate in the world of traffic and laws and wonders about things like school warning lights flashing on the weekend and the lengths of parking spaces. (February 10, 2011, Page 4)

Another proposal from left field – Amendment 28

Local columnist T.J. Ray suggests that we propose and pass a 28th amendment that would make the president a non-partisan executive after he or she is elected, taking the split that parties and their differences have caused in our country. After all, Ray says, doesn’t the president represent everyone? (February 1, 2011, Page 4)

Public meetings help produce public input

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that public input through attending public meetings – before decisions are made – is essential to making decisions about local programs and projects such as school and hospital expansion and growth. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

Probation. Probation?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at several recent court cases, some high profile and others not so well-known, and observes how it seems that probation and not jail time is often the sentence. Is Lady Justice really blind, he asks. (December 30, 2010, Page 4A)

The world beyond Scrooge and Snopes

In today’s information age, there’s so much out there that you don’t know what to believe and what to doubt. There are also website that try to debunk rumors and such, and local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about the real motivation for them. (December 17, 2010, Page 4A)

Bikers need to follow rules of the road, too

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that some of the biggest challenges to driving locally are not other cars, but actually people riding bicycles. He wonders about rules of the road and insurance as cyclists take their spots on the roadways. (December 9, 2010, Page 4)

Christmas – The cold within

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? Certainly, for many, it’s not as jolly of a time. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look back at how we used to help those in need during the holiday season and contrasts and compares that with what goes on in most places today. (December 1, 2010, Page 4)

We need to meet all veterans’ needs

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how we’ve dealt with our fallen military men and women through the years, and wonders why we don’t always seem to have as noticeable of a welcome back for returning servicemen and women. On Veterans Day, he urges us to take care of all of our veterans. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)

Post-election note

Local columnist T.J. Ray pens a general letter to candidates who’ve contacted him via various forms of communication during the campaign season, and tells them why it’s so important that their goal is to work for the good of the people. (November 3, 2010, Page 4)

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