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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

T.J. Ray

Are questions too hard, answers unclear or what?

Are you a Curious George? Do you wonder about who’s responsible when gravel trucks’ loads crack windshields or who deals with political signs on the right-of-way? Local columnist T.J. Ray took these and other questions to those who you’d think should know, and he writes about the answers — or non-answers — he received. (August 26, 2011, Page 4A)

Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

Interstate barriers – the best answer for safety

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at a new system designed to make highways safer – barriers in the median that include posts and cable. He looks into the cost and wonders if there might not be better ways to spend money or to make traveling safer. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

Election Day and time to vote

Local columnist T.J. Ray isn’t all that excited about some of the things that are part of election season, but he is sure about one thing – anyone qualified to vote should be voting Tuesday, Aug. 2. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Are traffic cameras, tag scanners a privacy issue?

Some like that technology is helping law enforcement officials while others are opposed to it and cite privacy concerns. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the issue and wonders if there might need to be a new definition of privacy. (July 26, 2011, Page 4)

Was ‘Trial of the Century’ news or entertainment?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

Life and death

Does it bother you a bit more when you see a squirrel dead in the middle of the road than when three bugs die crashing into your windshield? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how there seems to be a pecking order in both life and death. (July 7, 2011, Page 4)

The OED – dictionary extraordinary

It has 27 volumes, 21,730 pages and 59 million words – the Oxford English Dictionary. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the multi-volume book and passes along a few words he found in its entries. (June 29, 2011, Page 4)

Neither major party really gets it

Local columnist T.J. Ray received a form letter the other day asking for contributions and support for one of our major political parties. That sparked Ray to ponder both major parties and how neither one completely fills most folks wish lists. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

Counting – numbers have all kinds of meanings

Numbers count days, years, all kinds of things. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at how many of us use numbers counting up and down. (June 2, 2011, Page 4A)

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