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The last few weeks have been busy. A lot of people my age would say they’re “stressed” if they were juggling the things that are hovering just above my head, about to fall on my skull. Millennials would say that the stress is causing them “anxiety.” Both groups might go get a prescription in…

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The Bible tells us that there are no degrees of sin. That serves as yet another reminder that “His ways are not our ways.” If it were up to us, anyone who steals from a charitable organization would be charged with something more than a misdemeanor such as petit larceny. Our penalty would be…

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On Wednesday Nov. 18, the Leader-Call received the following email. “Wow. I’m sitting up here in the middle of Minneapolis with everything going on up here and around the country and I just happen to google something about blacks against whites because it sure feels like we are in a race war…

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For a long time, it has been posed to Americans that plastics and other thrown away products are harming our wildlife and polluting our oceans. It was all I heard for a long period. Authorities kept asking Americans to care about our oceans and streams and wildlife.

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As COVID, elections, divisions and such rip away at us daily, let us take a few moments to be thankful:

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Twenty-five years ago, I would be frothing at the mouth on a Monday before a South State championship football game with a team I cover still playing. 

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Just about every columnist in America writes the same thing this time of year — “Here are all the things I’m thankful for …” 

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While the feasts might be scaled down a bit, Thanksgiving will still be a day filled with family and, of course, food. If we can offer a piece of advice: Take care of your grocery shopping now and get it over with. 

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If the contested results of this fraudulent election are allowed to stand, you can blame the media. The media is responsible for finally pulling off the coup against President Trump that the Obama and Clinton era, FBI, CIA and DOJ failed at. And this should scare every red-blooded, patriotic…

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Can you believe some governors are banning Thanksgiving gatherings inside private homes? No, we’re serious. Governors in at least two states have deemed that the most American of all holidays is canceled. A turkey leg to all of them!

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Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police”? Repeated over and over on the progressive left, it seemed pretty clear — it meant that cities should no longer fund, and thus effectively abolish, their police forces. But some Democrats worried that embracing such a rad…

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Gov. Tate Reeves is taking some heat nationally for saying that if a national mask mandate is ordered, he will, for the most part, ignore it and do what is best for his constituency. The pushback he received mostly came from national voices. Mississippi residents should be applauding.

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I really should learn to take my own advice. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked people, “What are you doing to take care of yourself?” 

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Let’s not pretend that we know what went on behind the cardboard blockers put up in areas where votes were being tallied. Let’s not pretend that we have any facts claimed from Nevada where witnesses have said they saw a group in a Biden-Harris van filling in ballots. And let’s not pretend to…

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For nearly four years, Donald Trump supporters have been beaten over the head with negative news. From the second he legitimately defeated the loathsome Hillary Clinton — and for a long time before that — we were told he stole the election. Rabid Democrats on Inauguration Day were hysterical…

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Each year on Nov. 11, our nation honors those who have served in the U.S. military. We show our appreciation through parades, ceremonies and simple words of thanks. The opportunity to cast ballots in the recent election is one reason to be thankful for those who have defended our freedoms. A…

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Brick apartment buildings, old and filthy, bordered Stevens Square Park in all directions. The neighborhood’s wide-open middle was, on most days, overrun with dogs and trembling homeless men. But under the October dusk sat one old saxophone player.

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Publisher’s note: I know it is unthinkable that my column today isn’t about the election results, but it is not. Let me explain. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was in the Carolinas this week visiting with both of my daughters and my grandbaby Evie. I certainly wouldn’t have schedu…

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Many years ago, I had the privilege of serving as one of our state’s Heisman Trophy voters. My initial reaction to being selected for the honor was disillusionment. I mean, really, the most prestigious individual award in all of sports is being decided by schlubs like me? 

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PBS on Thursday night, Oct. 15, aired Amanpour & Company with Michel Martin interviewing Evangelical Pastor Joel C. Hunter, who, in 2016, supported Donald Trump. Pastor Hunter, who helped form a group called “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden,” articulated what changed his mind.

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Thursday’s Election Day headline calling the turnout in Jones County “historic” truly was just that. Circuit Clerk Concetta Brooks reported that 68 percent of eligible voters in Jones County came out to the polls to cast ballots. The turnout exceeded anything Brooks has seen in her tenure as…

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The show is beginning — and it is going to get ugly. The presidential election is in flux and likely will stay there for quite some time. No matter what happens, half of the country will be livid.

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The presidential race tops ballots filled with other candidates and issues deemed important enough to merit a vote by the people. Voters like to believe we have a voice in government. Too many times in 2020 we’ve seen candidates at the federal level along with mayors and governors exercising…

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Did you ever think you would see the day that businesses in cities across America are boarding up days before an election? It’s true, amazingly, that business owners across America are anticipating election night violence to erupt nationwide.

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Today (Tuesday) is Election Day and many of us are saying, “Thank God, it’s almost over.” 

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This nation is so close to falling all apart. If the Democrats win the President race and both Houses, it’s over. They will outlaw the gun, “The Second Amendment.” Doctors, lawyers, teachers, preachers and any sheriff worth his salt will have to stand our ground and say “Hell no.” 

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Though we don’t let it sway us one way or the other, opinions about initiatives 65 and 65A are not cleanly divided by the usual left and right political lines. Supporters in both camps are a mix of either. There are Republican lawmakers who support both, for example.

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If you are like me, as frightening as Election Day is this year, you are probably glad that it is finally upon us. It is time to get on with the future no matter what that future holds. But if there is any doubt still left in your mind as you head for the polls on Tuesday, let these final th…

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If I could change one thing about our government, I would impose term limits for every elected office in every city, county, state and, most of all, the country. Yes, that would get rid of some quality public officials, but the greater good would be served by getting rid of career politician…

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As I sit in this solemn place, I’ve become even more concerned  by the incendiary views and code words of the publisher of “The Laurel Leader -Call.” The published words seemingly come from a bitter man, as evident from his Oct. 10, 2020 Opinion Column.  

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When I was just a wee lad, Mom would take the kids trick-or-treating on Halloween night. It was always Halloween night, whether it fell on a Saturday or Monday, we went trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.

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In 2016, the Laurel Leader-Call made a rare political endorsement. We weighed both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns, what it would mean for America and the direction this country would take. We were confident that Trump would shake up Washington, D.C., like no other candidate e…

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My relationship with scary stories began when I was old enough to understand human speech. My relatives gathered all the time for fish fries, reunions, standard binge-drinking sessions and so on. At the end of such nights, after the adults were drunk, I and the other kids begged our elders t…

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Ask anyone in Mississippi to break down and put, in English, the meaning of Initiative 65 and 65A — the medical marijuana initiative — and the answer is the same: we have no idea.

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Is there corruption in Washington? Is there corruption in both parties in Washington? Are career politicians among the most corrupt people in Washington? Does politics breed corruption? Do career politicians stick together and cover for the system? 

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We have a chance to start a new era for the state of Mississippi, one with unification and inclusion for our residents and economic growth across our communities. Mississippians will have an opportunity to vote to approve a proposed state flag in November, and the state’s largest banks fully…

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I think it is time for all of us to face a very hard truth. The divisions in this country are impossible to fix. No matter what happens on Nov. 3, half of the citizens of this once-great country are going to be uncontrollably angry and ready for a coup. And there is absolutely no way any ele…

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Imagine for a moment that you are a football coach. Thirty minutes before kickoff, you meet at midfield with the opposing coach and the “zebras” — sports slang for the officials. The zebras go over the ground rules and the coaches return to their respective locker rooms to get ready for the …

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His name was Mark — no, not Mark from the Leader-Call, a different Mark. He was a reporter with The Vicksburg Post. And he was a miserable human being.