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The first time I drove down Central Avenue en route to the Leader-Call for my first interview, I felt as if I were driving in Syria.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Georgia last Tuesday to push their party’s bill to federalize U.S. election procedures on terms favorable to Democrats. “We are going right to the belly of the beast, or ground zero, for voter suppression, voter subversion and …

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Despicable, repugnant, desperate and ludicrous is how I would describe the Democrats’ celebration of the one-year anniversary of the breach at the Capitol building last year. And, make no mistake about it, in spite of the somber tones and fake indignity, the Democrats were celebrating the an…

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As we prepare to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, it’s hard to not wonder what he would think about the cancellation of ceremonies around the country.

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The Stetson Bennett story is the story of the American spirit and what can be accomplished with an unyielding thirst for success and the drive and ambition that go alongside it.

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If Senate Democrats succeed in bypassing the only tool the minority party has to resist potentially disastrous legislation in an effort to pass what amounts to be a federal takeover of elections, we can all thank the likes of Swamp Republicans Roger Wicker and Mitch McConnell for making it happen.

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The latest wave of COVID-19 came just in time for the holidays, causing headaches for travelers and forcing some families (gratefully, not ours) to cancel family gatherings. This new wave continues to spread rapidly, with more than a million people testing positive in a single day. 

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For you regular readers of the Laurel Leader-Call Opinion Page, I felt that I must respond to Secretary of State Mike Watson’s “sets the record straight” column posted on Jan. 4. 

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Much news was made of New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez vacationing in Florida, oftentimes maskless while the city she represents has some of the strictest, most freedom-choking regulations when dealing with COVID.

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For the last year, we’ve heard one commentator after another tell us that American democracy is in crisis. The source of that crisis, we are told, is a hard core of the Republican Party that believes the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Joe Biden, therefore, is not a legit…

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Welcome to 2022, and like Europe centuries ago, I think America is in a new renaissance, an opportunity to awaken and save itself.

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I spent the majority of 2021 writing about politics and the very depressing state of our nation. And because the midterms won’t roll around until November and the Democommies will be looking to do as much damage as possible before then, I expect that the majority of the columns I write this …

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The Mississippi Legislature convened on Monday with hot-issue topics ranging from medical marijuana to teacher pay raises. What should top the list— and the one that we hope the Legislature fixes quickest — is the initiative process.

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STARKVILLE — When retired federal prosecutor James B. Tucker died on Dec. 28 at the age of 82, the cause of justice and the rule of law in Mississippi lost a mighty warrior. Tucker was a trusted, impeccable source for me in the 1980s when I covered a copious number of public corruption trial…

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Be prepared to be inundated today with sorrowful remembrances of a riot deemed an insurrection a year ago that resulted in one death — an unarmed U.S. Air Force veteran getting shot by a police officer inside the U.S. Capitol.

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Political righteousness, or “I ain’t stupid!” has been around since the beginning. “And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” Who would ever have tho…

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(Editor’s note: Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson submitted this guest column in response to claims that were made in a guest column by Robert Breeland that was published in the Dec. 21 edition.)

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“One can only hope that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the last two moderate Democrats in America, take Tuesday’s results as vindication for holding the rest of their party at bay. We must hope that the lessons of Virginia and New Jersey strengthen their reso…

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Each morning, my wife and I watch the local news and wager on whether a killing or COVID will be the lead story. Living not far from New Orleans, it usually is a 50-50 proposition.

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An illusion is defined as a thing that is likely to be wrongly perceived or a false idea or belief. An oxymoron is two or more words that contradict each other. An example of both of these would be the statement, “Safe Place No Guns Allowed.”

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If you haven’t already figured me out, I’m not short on pointed opinions. You’ve probably noticed I don’t get “in the weeds” on details or subtleties.I do that because what I’m trying here is to get readers to care enough to find those out themselves. Mine are based on how I perceive things …

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Peace! This does not describe a single second of a single minute of an hour or a day of 2021. And, by the look of things we are not likely to remember the waning days of 2021 as a time of peace.

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I’ve not been very political for most of my life, but I started attending the meetings of the Free State Citizens Action Union. It just looked like we were about to lose our country. I felt very blessed to live in what some have called the most conservative state in the union — Mississippi.

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When we first started hearing rumors about the suspicious death of a baby near Soso more than two years ago, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department had a lot going on — and most of it wasn’t related to crime-fighting.

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 In four short days, we will have been a family of five for three whole months. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been so much better than I could have imagined. Maybe it has something to do with Rynlee sleeping 10-12 hours per night or the fact that we have somehow managed to keep the other t…

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The Talking Heads at CNN, MSNBC and the editors at the New York Times and the anti-American democrats — led by Mississippi’s own Benny Thompson — are battering former President Trump, his former staff and his family and his supporters nonstop for the events last Jan. 6. The so-called “Great …

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President Joe Biden told unvaccinated Americans that they are facing a potential “winter of death” if they don’t get jabbed. But, he (or whoever writes his words for him) added that, “If you’re vaccinated and have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death.”

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President Joe Biden and Capitol Hill Democrats are racing to pass their massive social spending bill, known as Build Back Better, before Christmas.