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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

T.J. Ray

Language crucial, but do we need all these new words?

Local columnist T.J. Ray has always stressed the importance of language, but he’s getting a little bothered by some of the words that are working their way into everyday use. He points to words like “modality,” “incent,” “analyzation,” “athleticism” and “physicality” as examples with most seeming to owe their popularity to TV announcers. (October 1, 2010, Page 4A)

A regnostic proposal

Do church folks find themselves looking out instead of in? Has religion been transformed from something it once was? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on the subject by suggesting that churches and their members concentrate less on buildings and such and more on doing good works and helping others. (September 23, 2010, Page 4)

Obamas’ private vacation costs public money

Local columnist T.J. Ray admits that the Obamas are not the first “first family” to take private vacations that include things paid for with taxpayer dollars, but he does question if it sends the wrong message in today’s trying financial times. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

Conservation

Local columnist T.J. Ray remembers hard times growing up, and looks at how times and people have changed as things got better. Now, he write, we’ve become a people who seem to have a hard time conserving anything. (July 30, 2010, Page 4A)

Earmarks and communicating with lawmakers

Are you bothered a bit by some of the earmarks that senators and representatives are involved with? Why don’t you contact them and let them know what you think? That’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds – or should be – as local columnist T.J. Ray explains. (July 13, 2010, Page 4A)

Concurrent. Justice?

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the fairness in a legal system that gives concurrent sentences for multiple crimes committed by an individual. Is one of the crimes unpunished? (June 10, 2010, Page 4)

The law says what?

Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about some of our laws and the enforcement of laws after hearing rumors of legalizing marijuana use in Mississippi and then seeing that many current marijuana offenders are getting off easy in court. (June 3, 2010, Page 4)

Money matters

Local columnist T.J. Ray had a clerk examine a $20 bill he was using recently, and that made him wonder about efforts to thwart counterfeiters. Ray takes a closer look at money matters. (May 20, 2010, Page 4)

Who’s not guilty?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on litter with a column showing how easy some folks must think it is to clean up trash since they don’t hesitate to put it out. Who among us is not guilty? (May 13, 2010, Page 4A)

Who’s liable – and who pays?

Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders how courts decide who’s really liable and who should pay when it comes to cases. Recent judgments leave him wondering how some get hit hard and others get off with a slap on the wrist. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)

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