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I was watching the President of the United States and the Fourth of July celebration on Fox News and decided, on a lark, to quickly flip on CNN to see if that network was even covering it. It was showing the video of the event, but not playing the audio. I swear I had my TV tuned to CNN for …

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One of the simple pleasures in my life is sitting on the patio and watching the birds come to our feeders. They were first put there for the viewing pleasure of my kiddo’s rescue kitties, whose new life of luxury includes a multi-level cat condo in front of a sliding glass door. We call it “…

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Did we throw you a curveball this morning? This Editorial and our columns on Pages B2 and B3? Why would we do that?

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STARKVILLE- — The social and cultural ripples from the “Black Lives Matter” movement continue, from the amazing saga of the taking down of the Mississippi state flag to the ongoing debate over moving or removing monuments and changing building names on edifices named for individuals who don’…

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Constitutional freedoms are afforded to everyone in America (unless, of course, they’ve been removed for cause) and all people are created equal, according to our Declaration of Independence. But all people certainly aren’t equal when it comes to responsibility and judgment. It would serve s…

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Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann says that voters will still have a say on new flag design put forth by the nine-member commission will be on a ballot in November — If a new flag design is important enough to be put on the November ballot to be voted on by all the citizens of Mississippi … Why not …

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I want to thank Mr. J. Ronald Parrish for speaking up for our state flag (guest column on Al, Tuesday, June 30 edition). He spoke for it the best I ever heard. I agree with every word he said. He is a great man. God bless him.

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I would like to thank our great senator Chris McDaniel for once again doing what his constituents put him in office to do- stand for the rights of all the people. I’m also very thankful for the other senators who represented us so well, though sadly they were in the minority. 

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The state flag was going to change. I figured it would be by a vote of the state’s residents, knowing that the Legislature did not have the stones to do it themselves.

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Is Laurel City Councilman Stacy Comegys trying to find a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? 

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Halfway through 2020 and I am on vacation being chased by a friggin’ cloud of Sahara Desert dust.

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A bitter pillIt was inevitable that our state flag was going to change, one way or the other. But how it happened will forever be a source of bitterness for proponents of the design that’s been with us since 1894 and was affirmed by 64 percent of voters in 2001.Ideally, the people would have…

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I would hope by now that it is clear to everyone that the protesting, rioting, looting, vandalism and anarchy that has gripped this nation has nothing to do with justice for George Floyd. It doesn’t even have anything to do with ending racism. Actually, it is the complete opposite. It has ev…

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Contrary to popular opinion, the Civil War was not a holy war. Pastors, inform your congregations that the fall of the confederacy was absolutely God’s will. Heritage hoarding Christians, do not idolize confederate memorabilia and ideologies which are not founded on the word of God. 

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These times are profoundly difficult and trying. There is more division among Americans than I have ever seen in my lifetime. This is disturbing to me but more so for my children and grandchildren and their descendants. Where is our country headed? What we have seen in America in the last fe…

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The state flag being removed in the city of Laurel is a disgraced to our state and all veterans in ever war fought. The people of Mississippi voted in 2001 for the flag, and removing it is a disgraced. 

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It”s a damn good time to be writing and sanging the blues. Seems like every day they ain’t no good news. Joe Diffiee and John Prine were both friends of mine. But like “Ole Hank” they will be with us forever. Then we’ll all see each other “Down by the river side when we gather.”

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This was a Father’s Day like no other. It was the first one since my Dad died. It also fell on what would have been the 11th birthday for my daughter Ava, who was stillborn … OK, there. All of the sad stuff is out of the way. It wasn’t written for attention or sympathy — I’d rather get smack…

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Trade and sports organizations are continuing to come out against the State of Mississippi flag. There is little doubt that the symbol will be changed. It also is clear that the change will not come from the state Legislature.

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U.S. Grant is not a popular figure around some small segments of the population around here. The hero of Shiloh and then leading the relentless pursuit of Vicksburg, forcing the town into capitulation, is the anti-hero for those who supported the Confederacy.

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Once upon a time, there existed a country whose people thought that theirs was the greatest country ever. There were many different reasons a person could convince himself of that — perhaps the country had the greatest food, or it made the greatest cars. It usually didn’t matter whether the …

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We’re not sure how we got dragged into the mess that happened at the other end of the Mississippi River a month ago, but here we are. 

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Watching the news on CNN and flipping back and forth to FOX News, one would likely have no hope that any of the divisions among us these days could be reconciled. No doubt many among us have little reason to hope reconciliation will come through politics or government.  

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“Defund the police” has become the wacky rallying cry for left-wing anarchists who now absolutely control the Democrat party. As many of you know, I’ve had my problems with certain law enforcement officers here in Jones County. Y’all might remember a recent longtime sheriff who let his power…

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If you saw me walking the track at Gardiner Park on Tuesday, it was a sudden attack of late-spring allergies that had my face red and eyes all puffy. Not sure what set it off. I don’t suffer from allergies, and it didn’t appear anything out of the ordinary was at the park.

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In the height of the Vietnam War, a war that tore America apart, iconic journalist Walter Cronkite in 1968 came out on his nightly news program to pronounce that American involvement in Vietnam was an unwinnable endeavor. 

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I have it seared into my tired brain that these UNCERTAIN TIMES call for unwavering measures. I thought, I need a song to equate and to sing along to that will highlight my and your experience traveling through. A song started to play inside my searching mind that equates my sentiments thoroughly.

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Politicians at every level are in an unenviable position these days. They are juggling more hot-potato issues at once than at any time in recent memory.

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I have written this column 1,493 times. There is so much I want to say. So much I don’t know how to say. So much I wish I could say.

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Well let me start off by first saying that you can think what you want about Jim Cagielski and I don’t know the man if he should pass me in the street!!!! But I do know that this man has more balls and heart for his fellow American than anyone I know ... 

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Imagine walking through a gloomy, dark forest with a couple of new friends, hearing strange noises with every cautious step. Someone muses, “Lions and tigers and bears,” and another “Oh my!” Yes, you’re in the classic story “The Wizard of Oz,” or more likely you’ve been mashed under the thum…

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I turn 50 years old in three months. It’s hard for me to believe that my parents are old enough to have a 50-year-old child, but they do. They probably can’t believe it either. I was thinking about it the other night when I realized that I now am fairly certain that I have already lived over…

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There is a war going on in our country, and it is being won by a very loud, violent minority. These are people who are pushing nonsensical bullsh@#t down our throats, and no one is calling them out for their lies.  

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Attorneys advise clients to never apologize. A simple “I’m sorry” can be interpreted as an admission of guilt. That’s why we hear hollow phrases such as “I regret what happened” and “it wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone” in those mea culpa press conferences celebrities and CEOs are forced t…

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When I’m on the road and have to make a restroom stop — which is fairly frequent because of my industrial-sized drink cup and my growing post-50 prostate —I do something some people could consider strange. If there’s no rest area, I stop at the nearest convenience store or fast-food restaura…

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans share in our nation’s common remorse for the appalling death of Mr. George Floyd while we applaud our nation’s justice system for its swift action in seeking justice in this case.

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Changing the State of Mississippi flag already has more momentum today than it has in more than 20 years. As today’s Page 1 story lays out, a bipartisan group of Legislators, with the blessing of Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, are trying to get enough support to legislatively change the flag.

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It sure is tough to have an opinion these days, especially one that might go against whatever social norm we are told to follow. The free expression of opinions is as American as American can be. Shy of crying “Fire” in a crowded theatre, we pretty much can say whatever we want without the f…

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There’s an old story about our nation’s 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, that has come to mind during our current state of affairs.

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On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Colin Powell and then Ben Carson. All of Tapper’s questions to each man included a comment about President Trump regarding something the president had said or done. All of Powell’s answers were superlatively negative and personally critical of the pre…

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These are agonizing moments in America, this one reason out of many, why there is diversity in young people peacefully protesting. They seek systematic change and have become increasingly disillusioned by the power structure. Leadership in Washington, D.C., now more than ever,need to re-exam…

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To Michael Watson, Secretary of State: In your “letter to the Clarion Ledger” outlining a plan for Election Day Protocol … Your opening sentence was heartwarming—“WE DO NOT BELIEVE VOTERS SHOULD HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CASTING A BALLOT AND RISKING THEIR OWN HEALTH DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDE…