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Wednesday morning, Editor-in-Chief Mark Thornton went to the Jones County School District Central Office on Highway 11 to report on a specially called “public” meeting to discuss the district’s plans for combating the COVID-19 virus.

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Being wanted is a wonderful feeling, so I hear. Being needed is a higher calling, but it’s not necessarily a good feeling. It’s more of a responsibility. But being essential? That sounds daunting. Like it’s not negotiable. Thankfully, most people who truly are essential are built to handle t…

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Add to the ever-growing list of consequences of the COVID-19 virus the need to get all Mississippians connected via the internet. It was disappointing to read Jones County School District Superintendent Tommy Parker saying there will be no instruction, even online, because too many people in…

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Here’s a thought: While self-quarantining with their families in multimillion-dollar Manhattan co-ops, Wall Street wives ought to have a chat with their Master of the Universe husbands about China, globalism and political correctness. Those are the vectors of their robber-baron wealth.

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There is no template for the times we’re living in. The bad news is, there are plenty of people out there who believe they have the answers, and when they post them, tens of millions of people share them. It becomes even more difficult than usual to distinguish fact from friction.

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Coronavirus. I bet you are all sick of hearing that word. I hope you and your families are all adapting well to this new way of life (hopefully, albeit temporary) and your children haven’t driven you insane just yet. We are all cruising social media sites on a daily, sometimes hourly basis t…

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As someone who owns and operates a newspaper, I certainly understand the importance of a free and independent media. Unfortunately, our mainstream media is no longer free or independent.  

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Nobody told me there’d be days like these; Strange days indeed; Most peculiar, Mama … 

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In the 1980s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a student opines on why Ferris was absent from school. She said, “My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with a girl who saw Ferris pass-out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess …

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The timing of the celebration of freedom of the press is interesting considering that more people than usual are blasting the media, including our own publisher in his upcoming Saturday column. Instead of enjoying “Sunshine Week,” in all of its possible connotations, they are sitting in the …

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March 16-20 is Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for the community

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Oh the roller coaster we’ve ridden, from sweeping high above the rooftops to circling perilously into the depths far below. News is constantly reframing reality or making us mad when idiots push politics just to blame others. What’s wrong with these people? Then, out of the blue, we’ve laugh…

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I know a lot of companies claim that the people who work there “are like family,” but I can assure you that here at the Leader-Call that is truly the case. And, like all families, we go though our share of happy times and sad times. Last week, we experienced both on back-to-back days in a sp…

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In the days immediately following the terrorists’ attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans were told, ad naseum, to continue living their lives. Don’t let the terrorists win.

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Over the years, I’ve written more obituaries and stories about people dying than I can remember. Death is a big part of the newspaper life. Sometimes it’s a tragic or otherwise untimely ending that we have to write about. At community newspapers, it’s not unusual to know the victims. We usua…

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Joe Biden was sworn into the United States Senate on Jan. 3, 1973. He remained in the Senate until Jan. 15, 2009 — a span of 36 years. If history is any guide, that alone is a disqualifier in Biden’s quest for the White House.

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A close friend who works at a hospital recently said she feared that the coronavirus was detected in a patient at her hospital.

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One facet coming from the rising international crisis of the Covid-19 virus is that America can no longer rely so heavily on the Chinese — or any foreign country – for so many of our daily goods.

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The weather is warming up and the thoughts of Santa Claus and Christmas movies are far from the average person’s minds. But there is an everlasting teaching moment from the Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” that is apt today as Americans tackle the coronavirus.

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If you haven’t figured it out already, you know that our fellow human beings will sometimes disappoint us. And it hurts, sometimes more than we think we can bear. 

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I pen this letter with a sense of disappointment for the endless tunnel of no shame in the body of politics from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Having personally known three children between the ages of three and seven who died; one, from a massive heart attack, the other from interstitial fibrosis …

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A few things to ponder before you go to sleep tonight — don’t forget to set those clocks ahead one hour, there is no “s” in Daylight Saving Time and it is a completely worthless endeavor to manipulate the clocks twice per year.

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On Feb. 14, 2020 our family experienced the greatest loss any family could with the loss of Zachary Holloway, my son. I want to thank each and everyone who came to support us as we dealt with his loss. 

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Mississippi has two very different choices in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election. 

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For all of my rants about the ills of Facebook and the periodic sanity-saving breaks I’ve taken from it, scrolling through it has been enjoyable the last few days. There are a couple of reasons. First, the Bloomberg blitzkrieg is over. Second, my old high school is being torn down.

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In the words of the great Norville “Shaggy” Rogers: “Zoinks.” That is about all you can say about the state of the Democrat Party after the “Super Tuesday” results which effectively narrowed the field down to a two-man race. The party has become a two-headed, deformed and defective monster b…

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Approximately 18,000 people live in the City of Laurel, according to the U.S. Census Bureau using 2018 estimates because censuses are only completed every 10 years. Of that number, an estimated 4,500 are under the age of 18 and, hence, ineligible to vote. That leaves about 13,500 residents o…

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Rain fell from the heavens Wednesday morning with ferocity. The wind whipped the water pellets sideways. The “beep beep” of the reversing garbage truck cut through the barrage. Two men clung to the back of the truck, dismounted, picked up their umpteenth can of garbage, dumped it, remounted …

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Last week Gallup published an article, “Partisan Polarization and Ratings of the Economy,” noting the “emotional polarization” Americans are suffering from our political identities. Frank Newport wrote, “One of the hallmarks of our age is emotional polarization, the increasing tendency for A…

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I attended the “Welcome to Laurel Luncheon” at the YWCO. I enjoyed it immensely! There were many participants that attended. Malorie Rasberry was the spokesperson for the event. We were thrilled to partake of soups and Waldorf salad and drinks before enjoying the talk.

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In a couple of weeks, those of us in journalism will celebrate “Sunshine Week.” It’s the one week we remind ourselves — and our engaged readers — of the year-’round effort to shed light in the dark corners where roaches thrive. The light, or even the threat of it, has a disinfecting effect. …

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Anyone who is a regular reader of this newspaper — these opinion pages, in particular — knows that we aren’t afraid to call ’em like we see ’em. Whether it’s a criminal or a cop, a prosecutor or a perp-protector, a judge or a jury, we will place the criticism where we believe it belongs. We …

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When I consider some of the most important jobs a person can hold, firefighter quickly rises to the top of my mind. Firefighting, for some, is a profession: a noble one that requires time, physical strength and stamina. For others, it is a voluntary service to their community and neighbors, …

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In my all-time favorite episode of Law & Order, I learned a new word. It’s a great word, too. It’s one that we should all know and it describes an action we should avoid. Before we get to the vocabulary lesson, though, let me set up what was happening in the Season 4 episode titled “Sanc…

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The scoreboard on the alarm clock displayed 3:35, but all I saw was 1-0 — Carnival Season 1, Murphy 0.

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One of the characteristics of Laurel Main Street and the Jones County Chamber of Commerce we salute the most is their ability to think outside the box when it comes to attracting people to our community and keeping those who live here busy with plenty of fun activities.

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In less than nine months, another presidential election will be in the books. The entertainment value of what has become national politics in an election year will not subside. The next eight-plus months will be another roller-coaster ride.

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Ever have one of those weeks when it seems like all you do is make people mad, no matter your intentions?

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When you see us at the scene of a crime or wreck, we aren’t there to exploit your pain or to “sensationalize” your tragedy. We’re there to give as much accurate information as possible. A handful of haters will disagree … but we will counter with this simple question: How do we benefit by us…