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Locked arm in arm, the Scotland national soccer team belted out the national anthem to go along with the 40,000 or so countrymen filling a Glasgow stadium.

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When you consider looking at addiction as a medical issue, the question of morality leaves the equation — of course, you would help someone dying. But why not someone dying from overdose?

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We have filled the pages of this newspaper, magazines, brochures and books on the sensation that “Home Town” has been. This city has benefited directly, of course. But there’s a bigger picture here beyond Ben and Erin’s super success on the small screen. 

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We have filled the pages of this newspaper, magazines, brochures and books on the sensation that “Home Town” has been. This city has benefited directly, of course. But there’s a bigger picture here beyond Ben and Erin’s super success on the small screen.

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Barbie and I are now in Wind River Canyon staying at a beautiful RV camp, in the town of Dubois, Wyo., population 971. 

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On Tuesday, Johnny Magee won his third term as mayor of the great city of Laurel and, much to most people’s surprise, it wasn’t even close. Magee ended up with 1,836 votes (51 percent) while challenger Miranda Beard finished with 1,324 (37 percent). About the only person I know of who didn’t…

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Have you noticed how often the word “trillion” is thrown around in regard to governmental spending? There used to be a saying that a billion here and a billion there sooner or later you are talking about real money.

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In his book, “United States of Socialism,” Dinesh D’Souza clearly lays out what socialism is, the history and failure of socialism, and why socialism can never work in America. Those who don’t know these things might consider reading his book.  

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Friday marked the passing of former Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack. Mack’s death made national news and was reported by news organizations such as The Associated Press and U.S. News and World Report as the death of “Mississippi city’s first black mayor.” And, yes, Mayor Mack was Laurel’s first bla…

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“People can be so mean …” Those were my first words when awakening from a seven-hour surgical procedure after a terrible motorcycle wreck in October 2012. I thought I’d been jumped and beaten to a pulp. The next thing I said was, “Did I make deadline?”

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Ronald Reagan once said, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” What we are witnessing in America today is not the inability to control our borders, but the dangerous leadership of a man who has disabled the infrastructure, policies and law enforcement that make protecti…

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Well here it is, another Saturday and another week of crazy behind us. 

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A few months back, a friend of mine suggested I look into voter participation rates. As we come off Memorial Day weekend, I thought now was the appropriate time to dive into voting patterns to see just how much we, as a society, take for granted the right to vote. 

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What are your dreams? Is there something that has always been a desire of your heart that you have not been able to accomplish, for whatever reason? Sometimes life happens and we can’t seem to get where we expected to be.  

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Between the energy it takes to run our manufacturing facilities and the energy it takes to cool our homes during the hot summer, it should come as no surprise that Mississippi has one of the country’s most energy-intensive economies. In fact, we are among the top five states when it comes to…

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In the foreword to our best-selling “A Taste of Home Town” cookbook, former ReView of Jones County and LL-C columnist Karen Rasberry call’s Laurel “The Cradle of Civilization,” and the town really seems to be trying to live up to that lofty billing.  

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Each year since 1868, our country has observed Memorial Day. But surprisingly — or maybe not so surprisingly — more than half of Americans don’t know the significance of this day or how it differs from Veterans’ Day. 

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Watching golf is a guilty pleasure. The Masters, or any big tournament with Phil Mickelson toward the top of the leaderboard, intrigues me. 

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STARKVILLE — In a state that gave former Republican President Donald Trump 57.8 percent of the state’s 2016 vote for president and 57.6 percent in the 2020 presidential election, Republican Third District U.S. Rep. Michael Guest found the courage to join 35 other Republican members of Congre…

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Apparently, all the kerfuffle over wearing masks was due to experts and authorities following political science, not medical science. Paul E. Alexander wrote a compelling article, “Masking: A Careful Review of the Evidence,” Feb. 11, 2021, in the American Institute for Economic Research, doc…

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Coming out of a weekend capturing photos of the Class of 2021 sauntering across the stage, I am reminded of the patience most families have in supporting their children. You will sit in 90-plus degree weather with what seems like a million other people to support your kid. To the parents who…

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column asking “Are Americans stupid?” We had one subscriber, Elaine Abbott, who was so offended by it that she called and canceled her subscription. But canceling wasn’t quite good enough for Ms. Abbott. She demanded that our office manager let me know that she was…

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Imagine an issue — any issue — that could garner 74 percent approval in today’s toxic political environment? Would 74 percent of people agree that grass is green? 

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Gov. Reeves recently announced he would be ending the state’s participation in extra federal unemployment benefits, saying that Mississippi no longer has a need to opt into programs like the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which Congress passed last year to alleviate the impact of job loss…

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Take it from someone who has been working in downtown Laurel for a quarter of a century, first as a busboy and now as a paperboy, I am absolutely stunned by the number of tourists pouring into our city each week. Ben and Erin Napier and their TV show “Home Town” have turned Laurel into some …

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This column was first published in 2007, but with the arrival of spring and so many tourists coming to see the place where the hit show “Home Town” is filmed, consider it a community service.

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My wife recently asked me a question as we watched some “news” report. She asked, “What’s that got to do with reality today?”

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Don’t pay any attention to the old man with the blank stare and pearly white teeth. He is not a leader. He is not our leader. Joe Biden might be standing at the podium, but he is anything but here.

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Please, go back to work! Those who were working before the pandemic, who lost or left jobs because of the pandemic, and who are able should go back to work. America needs everyone to go to work. 

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Last week, I wrote a column asking the question, “Are Americans stupid?” The answer was that they aren’t really stupid in the classical sense of the word, but they certainly are ignorant and easily swayed by leftist propaganda. However, I think that the people who are running the NBA, NFL an…

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On April 16, I wrote a column titled “Contemplating the new Constitution.” I wrote my views on the differences I imagined we can anticipate from the perception of how some Americans see this nation and how they may take us in a direction some of us might not care for. I detailed my own opini…

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The neighborhood sat still Tuesday morning. A steady breeze that was forecast to become severe winds was just starting to churn. A cacophony of music rang through the trees from any number of birds.

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Things don’t always go as planned. That’s a fact. Just when we think we know which way the path of our life will go — then BAM! An unexpected curveball hits us out of nowhere. Sometimes it’s our fault; other times, we are strictly at the mercy of other people who may or may not have our best…

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Let’s talk about tourism as an economic driver. The Mississippi Development Authority, the state agency tasked with promoting Mississippi, recently released a set of data points related to the impact tourism has on the state’s economy — from tax revenues to private-sector job creation. It’s …

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While deleting photos from my phone Thursday morning, I stumbled into a few treasures. In that vast sea of images were four screenshots of texts my dad sent to me. They were all there together, and I have no idea why or how I made screenshots of them. Let’s just call it a happy accident.

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There’s a saying that pretty much sums up where we’re at in our beloved United States: “When push comes to shove …”

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I think the question that I pose in the headline of this column is a fair one. Are Americans stupid? Based on the evidence that smacks us right in the face on a daily basis, you would think the answer is, “Yes, definitely dumb as rocks.”