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Can two sides be right? In the real world, yes. But not in the cyberworld. There is no room for seeing both sides in what passes for journalism in the national media these days and certainly not on social media. 

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Editor’s note: The following is a response from Sen. Chris Johnson (R-Hattiesburg) to a Letter to the Editor that called him out for failing to bring a bill up for vote in committee.

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At what point do we finally stand up as a nation and say, “No more. We are no longer going to let the dumbest, most easily-offended and fragile people among us decide what is socially acceptable”?

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It took all of about 15 seconds after news of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifting completely COVID-19 restrictions for half of the country to get outraged.

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At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the state lifted its mandate that the state’s residents wear masks and other restrictions. The order will be in effect until March 31, unless it is amended before that if conditions warrant. Freedom!

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The overwhelming majority of men and woman who pin on the badge and buckle on the duty belt are true public servants. They have a sense of service and commitment to community that motivate them much more than money. No salary can compensate them for what they’re willing to sacrifice every ti…

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In ninth grade, Mrs. Sanders taught us biology. We studied flora and fauna, dissected a worm and a frog, and collected and identified tree leaves and insects. We also learned information, new to us, about boys and girls. It was basic biology. No political agendas or correctness was included.…

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It’s been a full year since I met Cleveland Payne, the Laurelite.

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My name is Doug Davis and I have lived in the Laurel area most of my life. I went to the Fair Grounds today for my second virus shot. Just like the first one I want to comment on the outstanding job the National Guard is doing in supervising this operation.  

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Talk about can’t-miss TV! On Sunday at 2:40 p.m., tune in to the Fox News channel as President Donald Trump will speak to the Conservative Political Action Committee to close out the four-day gathering of conservatives. 

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When you grow up in the South, you learn that there are certain things you just don’t talk about. And you have to learn by osmosis, because the older generations don’t even talk to the younger generation about what not to talk about. You just figure it out.

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Recently, an ad for a bulletproof hoodie called “The Sherpa” started popping up on my Facebook feed. According to the ad, the hoodie can stop .44 Magnum and shotgun slugs and is even “slash and stab resistant.” I’m not sure if this ad is being sent to all conservatives, but it probably shoul…

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If you have never seen Jim Valvano’s speech from the ESPY Awards 28 years ago, watch it. It’s about 15 minutes long. Make sure you have tissues.

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 The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday, most likely along strict party lines, to advance a “Covid” relief bill with a $1.9 trillion price tag. The word trillion is thrown around so often now, we have become numb to it. Trillion here, trillion there ... we have all heard it. 

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As a therapist, my job is to listen to people and, lucky for me, I get paid to do that. I find it an honor that people would pour out their lives to me, hoping for answers,  peace or solace. I am trained to listen for key words and clues that give me insight to the inner workings of a person…

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As expected, the response for the Home Town 100 has been overwhelming. Our data counters have been busy compiling whom the readers of this newspaper have chosen for our annual “best of” honors. We couldn’t be happier.

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A week ago today, President Trump was acquitted on another ludicrous impeachment charge. Yes, trying to impeach a president for telling his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard at the Capitol building is absurd. It’s even more laughable than the Democrats’ fir…

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Mississippi’s lawmakers have taken the voice of crime victims away, once again. For three years, the Mississippi Senate has not allowed Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment that would ensure crime victims like me have our voices heard, to come to the ballot for a vote. Senator Chris Johns…

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We would climb trees whenever we could. If we rode our bikes far enough back in the woods we would build fires and pretend we were cowboys and our bikes were the horses. We found this one tree that became the favorite, it had a natural “V” in it low enough to the ground that made it climbabl…

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As Mayor of Laurel, I am proud to have endorsed Marsy’s Law for Mississippi back in 2019. Victims’ advocates in our city encouraged me to make a stand for victims of crime in our area. Taking care of our citizens is my number one priority and expressing my support for this amendment that wou…

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The “be safe, not sorry” approach that has taken hold of our society isn’t making it better. We have gone from a nation that rose to prominence because of a system that encouraged and rewarded risk-takers to a nation of hand-wringers who have to get medicated to face the everyday “challenges…

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As a child who loved to question authority, one of the most satisfying moments of my young life was the discovery of Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”

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Another new void recently developed in what I like to refer to as the history of my being; not that I consider my time on Earth as being of particular consequence to most people. However, I have developed a certain fondness for the memories of most of the experiences I have had during my exi…

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There is much talk — and much more to come — about the future of the Republican Party. In one corner are the likes of Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell. They are entrenched, Establishment who like the way things have always been. Each election cycle, they promise that this will be …

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How many more times do we need to see on the news some unidentified, masked person with shirt sleeve raised getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot? 

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Paz is a golden chihuahua who cost me $15. That was a lot of money to me when I bought her 6 years ago, on a student reporter’s minimum-wage paycheck. Well, it still is a lot of money except when compared to what some gratuitous and deranged people would call “designer” dog breeds.

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Are there good, bad, right, wrong and evil in the world? Most would answer “yes,” but we’ll never see universal agreement on which is what. We need someone to adjudicate that verdict.

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So, I just re-read my last few Valentine’s Day columns to check them for anger or bitterness — neither of which was my goal, by the way. 

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Last week, Senator Chris Johnson (R-Hattiesburg) singlehandedly blocked legislation that would have given crime victims in Mississippi constitutional rights equal to those given to the convicted and accused. As a victim of crime who has been failed time and again by Mississippi’s legal syste…

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I have learned so much about Laurel. Your newspaper has kept me informed about what’s going on in my town.

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The second impeachment sham against a president who is no longer in office will wrap up in the next few days — mercifully. The ex-president will be found not guilty in a pre-determined outcome. The entire sham was designed to continue to inflame one side of the political aisle while also con…

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Thank you all for the hard work you all do to gather the info and put out such an excellent paper. In traveling to other cities and seeing their local papers, I am proud to say our Leader-Call exceeds them all — in layout, news, articles and information!

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Those who don’t watch Tucker Carlson’s commentary on a nightly basis on Fox News —  or those who only watch his competition — are missing out. Oh, we know, half of the country can hear the words “Fox News” and refuse to tune in. That is the world in which we live now, in a nation divided lik…

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A close friend received an email from his father, who was born and still lives in Scotland. “The United States is the laughingstock of the world,” the message said.

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The story has become so familiar. People post part of a cellphone video, with no context and no perspective, then jump to a conclusion that becomes gospel to the social-media congregation.

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Please tell me why a man would take an oath on a Bible to protect a country and its people and then within 24 hours sign an executive order to hurt 11,000 of those people, directly by shutting down the construction of a major pipeline and possibly hurting 200,000 more people in related jobs,…

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Very few people are critical listeners or observers. Most see and hear whatever they expect and then move on. On the other hand, as a friend said years ago, you have to believe it, i.e. reality/truth, before you can see it. 

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On behalf of our curators Marian Allen, Kandace Wilson Monsivais, Tracie Smith and Anthony Hudson, we take immense pleasure in inviting citizens of Laurel and surrounding areas to our second annual Black History Exhibition 2021. The exhibition will be for four days from the 25th to 28th of F…

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In comment to your Editorial of January 21st (The Swamp won in ’20), I submit that the readers ask themselves one question: Where does an American go, when there is no longer an America? Nowhere is the answer.

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The collective frustration and anger that is growing inside of good, decent, patriotic Americans is palpable. We are sick and tired of COVID-19 and everything that comes along with it, including wearing masks, not being able to see loved ones and simply not being able to live life like a nor…

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On Page 5 today, we feature three letters to the editor. We love getting letters to the editor, no matter if you are commenting on garbage pickup, the mayor’s race or calling us to task. The first letter is the latter, calling us out for foul language in columns. We put the letter first beca…