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I am not having a good day. As I sit here typing this article, my glasses are fogged up because of the sweat of my eyeballs from my morning walk through hell. I gave too much of myself today. I know this now. I broke my No. 1 rule: Don’t work harder on someone’s recovery than they are willin…

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You might have heard about the demise of newspapers. We love to quote Mark Twain when reading of his own death: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

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Mr. Jim, I would of died a few years back if not for your wife. I had food poisoning. They treated me in the E.R. the day before at SCRMC for the “flu” and sent me home and to take Pepto Bismal. It had been going on a few days. The next day I passed out on the bath room floor. My wife picked…

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Editor’s note: Jack Hammett has joined the staff of the Leader-Call as a general assignment news reporter. He is still thawing out from his last home in Minnesota, but the sunny Southern skies welcome him back home.

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I already knew that the people of Jones County are awesome, but you all have proved it once again. We started running ads for our Salvation Army Food Drive just one week ago, and by Wednesday, we had already filled up our front window, allowing me to take our first load of canned goods and o…

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Disclaimer: I am not in any way suggesting that football games and fatalities are even close to the same level of importance. I’m simply referring to the reporting of them and the results of reporting them, just to offer some insight and perspective. 

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How many of you were transfixed in 2015-16 when Donald Trump blazed his way through a crowded field of Republicans? Remember how no matter what we thought of him, we were transfixed? He was so different from the rest. We didn’t know what to do.

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Although it does not feel like it based on the hot temperatures outside, fall is finally here. With it comes hunting season, Friday night football and harvest. It’s a time of year when our farmers begin gathering the crops they’ve so diligently planted in the prior months.

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This is an open letter to the person(s) vandalizing mailboxes and personal property on Old Bay Springs Road. In the past you have knocked over my mailbox (a federal offense) twice and knocked down my American flag three times. All of this has been done at night since you are obviously a cowa…

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In 1919, standing rib roasts cost 31 cents per pound. A quart of fresh milk would set you back 15 cents. A new car could be had for about $500.

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House members returned to Washington this week to continue working toward impeaching President Trump. The 24/7 news cycle is cluttered with speculation about whistleblowers, leaks, and spies. A dozen 2020 candidates are lining up on a CNN stage to debate, and no one is talking about Michael …

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Anyone who is a semi-regular reader of this newspaper had already made up his or her mind in the so-called Misdemeanor of the Century, the Sheriff vs. The Sennes, long before the final court rulings were reported this week.

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At 4:56 a.m. on Monday, reader and old running buddy Phillip Wedgeworth made me aware that it was National Newspaper Week. Actually, I wasn’t out of bed at 4:56 a.m., but that is when Phillip sent me an email with an editorial cartoon highlighting the importance of the Fourth Estate. The car…

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In one of his last-ditch efforts to maintain power, Sheriff Alex Hodge took to the SuperTalk Mississippi airwaves days before a runoff election in a desperate plea. Much of his time was spent assailing this newspaper and its staff, particularly when it dealt with an animal raid case from Jul…

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Chuck Knoblauch played 12 seasons in the major leagues, with the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. 

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The U.S. Constitution enumerates three co-equal branches of government. The legislative branch makes laws. The executive branch carries out those laws. The judicial branch adjudicates the constitutionality of laws. What could be simpler than a government operating on the basis of laws?

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I have been taught all of my life to love people. My parents demonstrated it and God commands it. But some of you out there make it very difficult, especially some of you on Facebook. Social media has made it really easy for people to say things to other human beings without any regard for h…

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Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

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I know a lot of you are as dumbfounded as I am over what has happened to this once-great country of ours. There is just no denying it. Half of our fellow citizens have gone completely bat-guano crazy and seem hell-bent on destroying a nation that was, for 243 years, undoubtedly, the envy of …

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What if aliens (the extraterrestrial type, not the illegal border-crossing type) received information that some wacky Earthlings were planning to storm Area 51 and discover some of the secrets of their existence? 

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Mississippi is a tinder box right now. Rain has been sparse. Temperatures have been sky-high. The air has been bone dry. Combined, those ingredients make for a terribly dangerous situation.

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“No one is above the law,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she announced the Democratic effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. The phrase has become a Democratic mantra in the new impeachment push. But it could, in the end, serve to highlight the weakness of the…

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Nine days after Donald J. Trump won the presidency, the New York Times featured a column by Zephyr Teachout, an associate professor at the Fordham School of law and author of “Corruption in America,” titled: “Trump’s Foreign Business Ties May Violate the Constitution.” That was Nov. 17, 2016…

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 Although the thermometer isn’t showing it, we are entering the best time of year to be in Jones County — if only that big, hot dry ridge of air would leave once and for all. It has been a tough summer, with temperatures soaring into the 90s almost every day since, heck, we can’t remember th…

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The transcript of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky is yet another illustration of the rule: Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.

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Last year, I was contacted by the family of the original founder of The Animal Rescue League. The ARL was in a desperate state and on the verge of having to close its doors forever. We ran a series of feature stories and the community responded with an outpouring of support and the iconic no…

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Over the years of our ownership of The ReView of Jones County and, for the past almost seven years, the “Our View” section of Page A4 has touched on topics as widespread as legalizing gay marriage, the state flag, Facebook and City Hall. The one we have tackled most, though, in an effort to …

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The United Nations General Assembly began Monday, and leaders from around the world are meeting with each other and speaking to the General Assembly. This is sort of a big deal. President Trump has already met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as well as India’s Prime Minister Na…

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Editor’s note: Dr. Rhonda Smith has written occasional columns for the Leader-Call over the past two years. We are pleased to welcome her as a regular contributor. Her columns will appear every other Tuesday on Page A4.

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Two years before Columbine High School became a household name due to a mass shooting in 1999, Luke Woodham killed two students and injured seven at Pearl High School in Rankin County. Woodham’s shooting, it could be said, ignited modern-day school shootings.

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The governor’s race is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in recent history. We have an unlikable candidate in our state’s party of choice when it comes to statewide races and a likable candidate in our state’s most distrusted and despised party.

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If you’re just itching to have a spirited conversation with friends or total strangers, sit down and say what you think is wrong (or right) with public education and, if you want to make an afternoon of it, offer your proposal for school security (a column or editorial for another day). 

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I’m not going to tell you who to vote for when it comes to Joe Berlin and Macon Davis. Honestly, I’m just thankful that one of them will be the new sheriff of Jones County come January.  

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Today’s Page 1 story about Clyde Rayner is disturbing. To even fathom that someone could stoop to such levels, especially with the most vulnerable among us, is as disheartening as it is horrific.

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The North Dakota oil fields are booming, as are those in Texas. The regeneration of the American oil and gas industry is churning along with the power of a million locomotives. America is now the largest producer of oil in the world, no longer dependent on the Middle East.

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Reminiscing to my childhood days in the summertime, I recall a noteworthy family outing of gathering blackberries. Each one of us had our personal pail to work with. We tromped into the woods ready to forage plenty of blackberries. I am certain the forage would result in delicious dishes suc…

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When President Obama essentially doubled the national debt during his eight years in office, Republicans took him to task — and rightfully so. Now that annual deficits are soaring over $1 trillion, nobody’s talking about the national debt! Why? Neither the Democrats nor their media cousins c…

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The left has the luxury of having lost the argument on crime for the past few decades and, as a consequence, the electorate has no recollection of the living nightmare produced by Great Liberal Ideas About Crime.

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I don’t like politics. I mean, I really don’t like politics. It’s nasty business. It’s tough for anyone to be a longtime politician and to be clean.

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Kenny Rogers responded to a car crash several years ago on West Drive. The occupants of the car was a young family on their way to school. They were late and going too fast when their car couldn’t take a sharp turn. What Rogers came upon horrified him.