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Saturday, August 23, 2014

T.J. Ray

Political correctness holds heavy hand

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on political correctness, writing about how the misinterpreted actions of a well-meaning volunteer turned into something completely different because of the way some people sling around labels. (November 20, 2013, Page 4)

A message for our congressmen

Local columnist T.J. Ray puts together a message for state congressmen after their part in the government shutdown and their apparent lack of involvement in settling anything. (October 21, 2013, Page 4A)

Thank a veteran today

Local columnist T.J. Ray, sparked by a visit to the “Virtual Vietnam Wall,” recalls the sacrifices of members of the military and urges all to thank a veteran whenever you can. (August 8, 2013, Page 4)

Golden Rule sounds popular

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the differences from church to church and religion to religion, but points out that some version of the Golden Rule appears common to almost all faiths. (July 5, 2013, Page 4A)

Will a PR person enhance learning?

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the Oxford School District’s decision to create a public relations position and wonders how the money spent for the spot will help local students with their educational endeavors. (June 28, 2013, Page 4A)

Where are the chips?

Local columnist T.J. Ray relates a recent visit to a restaurant and his follow-up letter to management in pointing out that we should take the time to tell store and restaurant owners and managers both the good and the bad about their business and service. (May 6, 2013, Page 4A)

The fourth estate

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the media’s effect on what we do and think, noting how television and the Internet now seem to have a bigger influence than newspapers on public knowledge and opinion. (March 25, 2013, Page 4A)

Flag deserves courtesy, respect

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the lack of respect shown for the U.S. flag, the national anthem and even the Pledge of Allegiance and urges all to learn the meaning behind those national symbols. (March 7, 2013, Page 4)

Getting confused by ‘legal lingo’

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about laws, lawbreakers and punishment, wondering why a recent court report showed a large number of those convicted of crimes getting probation rather than jail time. (February 28, 2013, Page 4)

Are we going to stop paying attention to public education?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after taking a closer look at Senate Bill 2189, expresses concerns about charter schools’ accountability in Mississippi and wonders if it signals an overall tendency to stop paying full attention to public education in the state. (February 22, 2013, Page 4A)

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