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I hadn't spoken with old friend Kyle Bennett in at least a decade and probably hadn't seen him in two decades ...

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In a recent article, I mentioned that not all attacks should have a response of deadly force. The question of when to use deadly or not to repel an attack is complex, with many factors to consider. For this article, I will discuss using a less lethal weapon known as orthochlorobenzalmalonitr…

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Laurel is a TV star. That’s something locals are still coming to grips with as throngs of visitors wander the downtown streets, snapping photos, trying to see people and places who have been featured on the HGTV hit show “Home Town.”

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I just turned 51 years old last week. Something about this birthday feels a little different for me. Perhaps it is because so many of my friends have been sick, and I have lost a few who were around my age, this birthday is feeling more somber. I have always been transparent with my feelings…

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This month, federal enhanced unemployment benefits ended for out-of-work individuals across the nation. (They had already ended in Mississippi, where Gov. Tate Reeves refused to continue participating in this program due to its adverse impact on labor force participation.)

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Here we are, the first week after the surrender in Afghanistan. I won’t beat that dead horse. But I guarantee its corpse is already starting to stink. So, where do we go from here? How do we prevent more of this tripe from happening over and over again?

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I’ve had two or three people ask me, “What ever happened to Harvey Warren’s column?”  Considering that combined, Warren wrote for The ReView of Jones County and then Laurel Leader-Call for about a decade, it’s actually kind of sad how few people have actually inquired about  it.

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Gavin Newsom, one of the worst governors in the United States, staved off a recall election effort in California over conservative Larry Elder and a host of other candidates. Newsom won through a collective effort, smearing his opponent with racist language and actions that should have had B…

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As wildfires churn through the western United States and the South cleans up from Hurricane Ida, the shrieks of “climate change” are intensifying. President Biden, or whomever is telling him what to say, uses the term “existential threat” frequently in referencing “climate change.” The human…

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A feeling of helplessness — a daze — overcomes the senses on the first morning waking up in our own personal hell. Seeing massive trees that have stood watch for generations ripped from the soft, soggy earth by nature’s fury will numb the senses. The overwhelming feeling of the small forest …

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In the 1976 western movie “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Lone Watie used the phrase “endeavor to persevere,” which characterized the life of the Indian after the Trail of Tears. Although all Americans are not Indians, we appear to be facing an “endeavor to persevere” moment brought to us courtesy…

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In my past articles, I’ve mentioned how it’s important to recognize an attack before it happens by enlarging your reactionary gap. Some attacks allow time to retrieve and execute a counterattack and some don’t. For this article, I wish to focus on attacks that don’t. If you wish to skip my r…

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Publisher’s note: This is the column I wrote a few days after the Sept. 11 tragedy. It was published by the Laurel Leader-Call on Sept. 17, 2001.

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On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Americans have witnessed what would have been completely unbelievable 20 years ago. Our president, military and intelligence agencies lost a war to the Taliban and forfeited the nation of Afghanistan along with $85 billion of the latest technological weaponry…

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The final rotten cherry on top of this turd sundae are 13 warriors blown to pieces in our — as that paragon of disgrace Gen. Milley defined as — a “retrograde” from Kabul.

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Reading someone else’s words Thursday afternoon, President Biden plunged the sword of a tyrant into the heart of the Constitutional republic known as the United States. The president will force private companies that employ 100 or more people to not only make their employees get a shot, but …

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Good or bad, right or wrong, Americans by the hundreds of thousands have bid farewell to the COVID-19 virus. COVID fatigue has not only taken over, it has won.

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It’s not often that we respond directly to a commenter on one of our stories. That is not our job. We welcome commenters whether they agree or they vehemently disagree. Outside of profane language or libel, if you want your voice heard, we will allow people to hear it.

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Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly encountered what rational, clear-minded people face every day — the collective lack of a sense of humor mixed with a toxic brew of woke culture and political correctness. How he responded should be a textbook example for every one of us who is sick and t…

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It’s Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 and as I’m writing this Kabul, Afghanistan is still a mess. We’ve lost 13 Americans killed, and an unknown number wounded. Unknown, because this pretender to the presidency and his handlers make sure information comes in dribs and drabs. The numbers are subject to …

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One week from today will be the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. For anyone over the age of 25, it is a day we will never forget.

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The forecasts were eye-opening when it was first reported that Hurricane Ida was quickly gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico on a path similar to that of the mother of all storms, Katrina, and on the same date, no less. That’s all it took to get the attention of Mississippians. 

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It all started long before we thought it started. Why did they hate us so much that they would cross many lands and oceans to attack and kill us? Hate and fear are driving the world insane. 

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STARKVILLE — University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus James Crockett, now an adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi, perhaps enjoyed a bit of serendipity in bringing his latest book to market in the same year that the entire nation witnessed a Mississi…

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For about a decade from 1996 to 2006, I would, like clockwork, drop my column off at the old Leader-Call building on Beacon Street, now Leontyne Price Boule- vard. And every time I did so, I would think, “What a god-awful, depressing place.” The front desk always seemed to be manned by an un…

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Years ago, I received a call from the presidential campaign of a very powerful GOP hopeful. A longtime member of the establishment, he was attempting to understand “our brand of conservatism.”

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According to recent Census Bureau data, Mississippi is one of just three states that lost population, seeing a slight decrease of -0.2 percent from 2010 to 2020. (The other states that lost population are Illinois and West Virginia.)

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HOMER, Alaska — Leilani and I journeyed to the AK Diamond J Ranch near Homer, Alaska, on Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula for the wedding of Rachel Klimetz to Jimmy Wingerter on Aug. 19 — and it was worth every moment of travel to “The Last Frontier.”

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Bad news regarding crime seems to be the most frequent and persistent topic of any news source. Due to this depressing fact, one may consider that we are living in the most crime ridden era in history. Almost anywhere you look, violent crimes are taking place at what seems to be at an unprec…

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I’m a veteran of the Vietnam War. No hero. No medals for valor. Just a kid doing his duty and his job. As I’m writing this, it’s Monday, 16 August 2021. I woke up this morning at 01:30 unable to stay in bed or go back to sleep, my PTSD triggered by the mess unfolding in Afghanistan.

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We all knew that it was going to be bad. We knew that as soon as Joe Biden was allowed to steal the presidency in the sham election of 2020, the country was going to spiral out of control. However, I don’t think anyone thought it would happen quite this fast.

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Calls are starting — and will continue — for Joe Biden’s ouster as the President of the United States. He is clearly not physically or mentally able to handle the pressures of the most challenging job in the world. His first seven months in office also show that his judgment on issues from s…

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Donald Trump doesn’t have a political bone in his body. Joe Biden was born and molded in the pure clay of politics. He’s a career politician. Trump’s supporters love that he is not a politician, and Biden’s supporters love left politicians and social causes.

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Last week, something happened that left me feeling a tiny bit terrified but a little liberated at the same time. I was cellphone-less for a weekend, and it was only semi-useful for the next few days.