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Thursday, October 23, 2014

T.J. Ray

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)

Knowledge generation

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at education today and worries about too many children not developing skills in thinking and problem solving. (February 12, 2013, Page 4)

Press sayings part of everyday language

Ever wonder where we got terms such as “lower case,” “upper case,” “fit to print,” “get the lead out,” “make a good impression,” et cetera? Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about where they came from – the old days of real printing presses. (February 5, 2013, Page 4)

Governmental dementia

If our government underwent a psychiatric investigation, what would be the diagnosis? Local columnist T.J. Ray, citing several examples, said it would probably be utter insanity or certainly dementia. (January 14, 2013, Page 4)

Slower Traffic Keep Right

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at some of the questionable spending by the state. This time, he delves into road signs, their costs and their message. (January 3, 2013, Page 4)

Splat!!!

It’s been said that confession is good for the soul. If so, local columnist T.J. Ray must feel a bit better after recalling an incident he and some of his high school buddies were involved in involving a dead possum and a big, big “splat”. (December 27, 2012, Page 4)

Go meet your neighbors

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the origin of words and how they change through the years, and then relates change to one of the words he’s writing about. (November 30, 2012, Page 4A)

Kumquat transducer

Local columnist T.J. Ray proudly touts his Intercranial Kumquat Subvocal 007 Transducer as an option to cellphones ringing in while you’re in church, the movies, a restaurant, et cetera. So how does Ray’s gadget work – or does it? (November 15, 2012, Page 4)

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