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Friday, October 31, 2014

T.J. Ray

Singing the national anthem

Local columnist T.J. Ray, with the Super Bowl coming Sunday, takes a look at how the national anthem is often sung before big events as well as how it is intended to be sung. (January 30, 2014, Page 4)

Vulgar language becoming more widespread

Looking for signs of the rapid degeneration and trashing of our society? Turn on your television and watch and listen, local columnist T.J. Ray writes as he warns about changing times and norms. (January 9, 2014, Page 4)

Thoughts of cakes, candies make Christmas special

What do you recall about past Christmases, particularly those when you were a youngster? Local columnist J.T. Ray thinks about the sweets his folks made – amalgamation cake, pineapple fudge, fruit cakes, et cetera. (December 23, 2013, Page 4)

Defining moments in sports

Local columnist T.J. Ray recalls a couple of defining moments in sports for him and admits they do affect his perception of and reaction to some of the quirks of the games and announcers. (December 12, 2013, Page 4)

State’s resort guidelines fascinating

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at state laws and guidelines regulating resort areas and facilities. (December 2, 2013, Page 4A)

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)

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