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Our hearts always go out to the victims of senseless violence. But when there’s a personal connection to one of the victims, hearts grows heavier and our sense of rage intensifies. And the question we’re always left with is the same: Why?

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STARKVILLE — As noted last fall in a previous column, the 2003 election cycle saw Mississippi voters make some interesting choices in terms of the 2019 election cycle in our state.

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Black History Month is celebrated this month, which is the shortest month of the year. Noted historian Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926 and is now observed since 1976 as Black History Month.

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One of the swampiest places in the federal government since 2009 has been the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The upper echelons of these and other intelligence agencies were packed with multiple layers of politically driven appointees. Nevertheless, the house of c…

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The story of a beating of an openly gay black actor by men chanting racist invectives and tying a rope around the man’s neck is falling apart. The actor, Jussie Smollett, and his representatives are standing by the story, but the police are no longer treating him as a victim.

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Not too long ago, a “not so” gentleman that I called for help asked me, “Aren’t you equipped to handle ‘these people’ and situations like this? Why am I here?”  

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The Cannabis Freedom Fund has struck a blow for Cannabis Freedom in Mississippi, with “The Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act!” The Fund efforts will bring real Cannabis opportunities never experienced before in Mississippi increasing Agriculture, Manufacturing, Banking, Medical, Research &…

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It was a treat to see so many of you having a magical Valentine’s Day. It’s so unoriginal to refer to it as “Singles Awareness Day,” but that’s truly what it is for those of us who don’t have a significant other. 

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If you are among the people criticizing President Trump because your income tax refund is smaller this year, then chalk that up to yet another of the many reasons that he should be president and you shouldn’t. 

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This Thursday night, the new local citizens organization known as “Citizens Against Corruption” will be giving Jones County sheriff candidate and current LPD officer, Joe Berlin his first opportunity to talk to the public. The event which is being held at the Calhoun Community Center located…

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Complaining about the state of politics is as old as politics itself, especially on a local level. There are a million critics out there, but only a select few who will actually put their hat into the ring to do something about it.

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How many of us would venture down South Magnolia Street for an iconic PDI burger and gaze across the street at the mammoth brick building sitting in disrepair? Many likely remember when a thriving industry was contained within its walls, only to have it shuttered for years.

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National news cycles have become even more predictable since Donald Trump won the presidency. Driven by the left, today’s news always blames President Trump. Virginia’s state leaders have been subjects of allegations of racism and sexual assault. Predictably, it’s Trump’s fault. 

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It’s great that members of Congress have located specific legislative language permitting the president to build a border wall, but I’m wondering: Has anybody read the Constitution? It says:

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With no press or fanfare, the latest attempt by a Mississippi senator to increase penalties for aggravated animal cruelty died in committee. 

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In 1963 (the year I was born), a movie titled “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” premiered. The film, starring Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Jimmy Durante and Spencer Tracy, among others, was a madcap caper that is notabl…

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Occasionally, at my somewhat advanced age, I have occasion to think back on almost fifty years of my obsession with riding and racing off-road motorcycles and the many varied personalities with whom I have been associated as a result of that hobby. As one can likely envision, there have been…

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National Signing Day isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still pretty darned special. The spectacle of it isn’t. But what it signifies does.

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Most, if not all of us remember the story of the boy who cried wolf to alert the villagers that his flock was in danger, only to find there was no wolf lurking. Eventually, the villagers stopped listening to the boy who cried wolf. And, eventually, the wolf did show up and decimated the flock.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading Democrats to a standoff with “The Wall.” They call the wall “immoral” and “unnecessary,” slamming the wall as 14th century technology and a waste of taxpayer dollars. They claim Trump wants 2,000 miles of concrete wall, when Trump has asked for funding a…

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Assiduous readers of my column know that I have frequently made the point that America’s immigration policies benefit only three groups of people: 1) rich Americans with a lot of employees, 2) the immigrants themselves, and 3) their grandmothers back in Chiapas. 

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In national politics, there is an overwhelming thirst for something different in Washington, D.C. Cries of “DRAIN THE SWAMP!!” resonate from both sides of the aisle. (Let’s not forget that it was the swampiest of them all, Nancy Pelosi, who first said “drain the swamp” when her party took ov…

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Over the years, readers have referred to me as everything from a conservative in the Hitler Wing of the party to a bleeding-heart liberal, pinko who “don’t belong down here amongst God’s people.”

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A while back, I wrote a column titled “The Dark Side of Home Town” in which I used an excerpt from a letter that was sent to me by a longtime resident. The citizen who sent that letter to me was Mr. Ted Lightsey.  

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 As the City of Laurel and the police department continue to grapple with the sudden death of Chief Tyrone Stewart early Monday morning, the hurt eventually will subside, but his legacy never will.

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The writer grew up in Laurel when there were only two banks — First National on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and North Magnolia Street and the Commercial National Bank, which is now gone — where two evergreens, ornamental trees, table-seats, flowers and white-fenced area — was on t…

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President Trump ended the partial government shutdown last Friday until Feb. 15. Hopefully, he and Congress can make a deal before Feb. 15 to strengthen border security and keep the government open. 

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Something wakes you from a deep sleep. In your sleepy haze, you think you smell something odd and, as you wake, you realize your bedroom is engulfed in thick smoke and you are finding it hard to breathe. Or, you are in your car after you lost control, flipped three times and now find yoursel…

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Several months into the Trump administration, I started running a daily “Border Wall Construction Update” on Twitter, announcing how many miles of the wall had been completed that day and how many miles since the inauguration. It was always the same numbers: 0 and 0, respectively.

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It’s rare that our teenagers want to hear about the “good old days” when we were teens. It’s even rarer for them to ask. 

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With no apparent way to escape the inundation of media reporting on the partial government shutdown, I cannot help but have a few thoughts on the subject. At this point, it appears that the typical paranoia of federal government officials claiming to be Republicans is maybe not as prominent …

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They become so commonplace in the weeks leading up to Christmas that we almost stop noticing them amid the chaos. They’re the Salvation Army bell-ringers, strategically stationed at the entrances of our busiest shopping centers and stores.

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President Trump was scheduled to give the State of the Union address on Tuesday. And if he had given it — he and Nancy Pelosi’s arguments over the government shutdown have forced its postponement — you could expect a repeat of his first address, where Republicans cheer wildly as he lists his…

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OK, in the pantheon of world problems, the New Orleans Saints getting hosed in their attempt to reach the Super Bowl really is not at the top of the list. Crippling national debt, a terrible cultural divide, dysfunctional federal government and social media tearing the country apart are real…

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On the Wednesday after Christmas, editor Mark Thornton called me at the office — well, texted — to give me a rundown of his goings-on.

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STARKVILLE — State Rep. Felix Edwin “Stump” Perry was one of the most effective legislators in the long history of the Mississippi House, but it was the style with which Ed carried out his legislative duties that made Ed’s passing last week at age 76 statewide news.

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We all remember the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The damage that hurricane inflicted wiped out coastal airports and impeded access for those most in need to get supplies, food and water. As a result, our airport, the Waynesboro Municipal Airport and small aircraft served as primary acce…

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There’s no arguing that the current political culture is toxic. There’s an Us-against-Them mentality that divides — and defines — too many of our people. Those divisions are based on race, political party, socio-economic status, birthdate (millennials vs. Generation Y vs. Gen Xers vs. Boomer…

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Following the lead of three of his predecessors for the second time in his two years of office, President Trump made the following proclamation: “NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the…

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In our Thursday Page 1 story about the Board of Supervisors’ plan to build a bridge on Lower Myrick Road, it came across to some that the board was trying to play fast and loose with open meetings rules and regulations to hoodwink the local press. Just to clarify, we didn’t suspect any wrong…