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If you have not had it yet or do not live with someone who did, count your blessings. I have been counting mine and thankful that I had not been infected since we first heard of COVID-19 last March. By this time, January 2021, we have all heard the rules so many times, it seems to be burned …

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My first peek at the world most mornings is through the “Yahoo!” news feed that pops up when I check my personal email. Today’s assortment of stories isn’t much different than usual, with the exception that there’s positive coverage of the president all of the sudden. 

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I ended last week’s column by asking the question, What do 75 million Trump supporters do now that the country has been taken over by totalitarian Big Brother socialists? It’s a question that kept running through my mind all week. And there are no easy answers.

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With increasing chatter, threats and follow-throughs about being canceled for such things as attending a political rally, voting a certain way or posting the “wrong” thing on Instaface or Teddy Graham, it is time to re-evaluate how we conduct our lives.

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I get an infrequent curiosity to see what the folks online are saying about journalists. I’m never surprised by the endless cavalcade of threats, finger-wagging and all the rest of it. There’s something about the absolute nuttiness of random internet users that cracks me up: the irrefutable …

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This month, powerful tech companies took unprecedented steps to censor free speech. In the days after the deadly Capitol Hill riot, Facebook suspended President Trump’s account, saying it posed a “risk of further violence.” Twitter went a step further and permanently banned the President’s a…

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It seems like it was a lifetime ago when I bought my first house. We were young, recently married, in a new town for my new job. We made the unusual decision to build even though I hadn’t worked at The Vicksburg Post for a week. I just knew it was a good fit … plus the housing market there w…

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And so it begins. The Democrats won’t take control of the White House until Wednesday, but the movement to eliminate dissent from anyone who disagrees with their progressive, socialist policies has already begun.  

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Outside of asking my wife to marry me, the best decision I ever made came in late July 2018 while on a long-scheduled vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains.

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The past year has been a challenge, to say the least, and our feelings for the state of our lives may have changed since this time last January. Perhaps your world has changed in a major way, as many of us have lost loved ones, struggled with illness, lost jobs and our social life has shifte…

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The recent elections in Georgia have produced a major power shift in the U.S. Senate. Both Republican senators lost narrowly to their Democratic challengers, bringing the Senate to an even 50-50 split. As presiding officer, Vice President Kamala Harris will be able to break any tie, allowing…

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As usual, Jim Cegielski (Page A5) does a brilliant job of crystalizing the thoughts of something that’s difficult to find these days — commentary with common sense, not partisanship. More on that in a minute …

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OK, there is no way around it — 2020 will go down as one of the worst years in recorded history. The world-wide pandemic known as the coronavirus has become a run-away snowball that has not only caused mass death and illness, but it spiraled off to cause totalitarian socialist policies that …

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Brother Dan’s last pickup basketball game ended with a jump shot — as much as any Murphy in our family can jump — an awkward landing, a pop, a gurgling sound and the poor lad crashing to the Peekskill High gymnasium floor.

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I’m thinking about the time Editor-in-Chief Mark Thornton wrote in this space that the columnist inevitably writes a column about columns. This isn’t exactly that. It’s about the news.

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For years, I made a ritual of rising early on Sunday morning, brewing a fresh pot of coffee and sitting down to watch CBS Sunday Morning. For years, it was the best show on TV — a semi-news, semi-features 90-minute relaxation period.

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What happened in 2020? Governments and politics fed an insatiable press and social media to threaten the world with fear and misinformation. World forces and powers slowly but surely swung the pendulum toward the far LEFT in the names of safety and unity. Governing authorities around the wor…

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My nephew is 5 1/2 years old — the absolute perfect age for a boy on Christmas Eve. But he is hearing things, from classmates mostly, about the existence of ”You know who.” He is hearing nonsense from his classmates that the Big Man — Santa Claus himself — is not real. 

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The Dutchess of Myrick has curved teeth and understands less than 1 percent of what I say. Ever the picky eater, she prefers dry cat food and Cheez-Its over anything else in the kitchen. The funny part about it is that I chose to live with her.

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“Fear not!” These are the most often repeated sentiments of angels to men written in the Bible. Perhaps 2020 is the year we need to hear and heed these words as we approach another year of uncertainty.

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Twenty-six years ago, my family and I moved from New Jersey to Mississippi. Then-realtor Donna Applewhite took us all over Laurel and Jones County looking at any and every suitable dwelling that could comfortably house a family of four plus “Nanny K,” whom we were bringing with us to care fo…

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Santa Claus has a special affinity for newspapers. That goes back to the famous editorial “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” written by Francis Pharcellus Church for The Sun in New York in 1897. 

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Even after more than four years of fake news trying to make connections between President Trump and Russia, about half of all Americans still believe The Narrative preached by 90 percent of media. The New York Post broke the story about Hunter Biden’s emails in the middle of October giving d…

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As the end of the year approaches, we find ourselves at that juncture in life where we reflect on the past and hope for a future filled with joy in the New Year to come. In some ways, 2020 has flown by, and in other ways, it seems to be the longest year of our lives. Some days have included …

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Finally, someone is stepping up to the plate and trying to do something about the fraudulent election that took place on Nov. 3. On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States Supreme Court. By doing so, Paxton, who may g…

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When the history books are written centuries from now — if history and books are still permitted — the early 21st century rise of 24-hour, corporate-owned media will be considered one of the greatest abominations in American history. It will go hand-in-hand with the death of newspapers. Acco…

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Going into my 28th year in the newspaper business, I’ve seen a lot of changes in the profession. That’s an understatement, of course. The procedure of putting the paper together is nothing like when I started. Back then, we used hot wax and razor blades to cut-and-paste stories and photos on…

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Watching the Alabama beatdown of LSU on Saturday night, I found myself questioning my own goodness as a human being as an Alabama player pushed out of bounds cleared out an assistant coach — a white-haired assistant coach.

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) On the other hand, would America run more smoothly if our very smartest experts were in charge of governance within their areas of expertise? This is what the Left has conte…

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The dog named Tiny was going to be the most ironic thing on the hill, I decided. I was childish to the nature of genetics. At 8 years old, I was childish to everything except words. Ironic was a good word. To create something ironic would be an amusing experiment.

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I was fired up after hearing that “Hillbilly Elegy” was being made into a movie. It is one of my all-time favorite books, and with Ron Howard directing, I had hope that it could be one of the rare films that does justice to a writer’s great work. I set aside a ton of work to watch it around …

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The left-wing media can call it a “conspiracy theory” or any other derogatory name that they want, but Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election. And, sadly, everyone except the deaf, dumb and blind know it. They just don’t care, and that includes a lot of Republicans who simply want to get ba…

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I enjoyed the last of the white chocolate-covered pumpkin cheesecake bites Tuesday morning with a fresh cup of Community coffee and bid farewell to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season.

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Humans were created to be social beings, communing with one another and forming bonds to share common interests and activities. The quality of our social lives can be one of the most important influences on our mental and physical health.  One part of my job as a therapist is talking to peop…

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Americans received uplifting news recently in our fight against the coronavirus. Two American drug companies, Pfizer and Moderna, announced that their newly developed COVID-19 vaccines were highly successful in late clinical trials and are safe for use. Pfizer’s vaccine was 95 percent effect…

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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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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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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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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…