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I now find myself shackled to the Hammett Compound due to a non-COVID-related illness. I also can’t exercise or move around much, which is, for me, a personal hell. There’s been a lot of talk about doing useful activities and taking up new hobbies while stuck at home. I believe my being sick…

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America has been in a civil war since the day Donald Trump was elected president. Before then, Americans had been divided but not to the point of war. The day after the election the LEFT announced the “resist” movement and vowed to impeach Trump. They have not let up their vicious daily atta…

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In my 56 years, I can honestly say that I can only remember three completely life-altering events and, oddly enough, the first one didn’t occur until I was 38 years old. That one took place on Sept. 11, 2001. That day, we all watched together as our once tranquil lifestyle was forever altere…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boy, I have been in this business a long time. 

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I’m not one of those people who becomes ridiculously starstruck when actually meeting a celebrity ... until I meet one, that is. The hubs and I were at the Biloxi Beau Rivage a few weeks ago to see one of our favorite comedians, Lewis Black. 

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Whether you’re shopping, scrolling on any screen or radio dial or steering your way around town, there’s no escaping what time of year it is. Some call it Valentine’s Day. Some of us call it Single’s Awareness Day.

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I don’t know what bureaucratic genius made up the calendar this year, but Friday was Valentine’s Day and Monday is Presidents’ Day, causing the very rare four-day holiday-laden, long-romantic, head-of-state extravaganza.   

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Last month, I got the urge to minimize some things. By minimize, I mean cleaning out closets and drawers of junk that have been accumulating over the years, basically taking up space. It was my spring cleaning, but in winter.   

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One of my all-time favorite stories involves a middle-aged, small-town church lady. We’ll call her Miss Trudy. She’s that sweet neighbor and friend who always brings a casserole or a pie to people who are hurting. Some would describe her as slightly holier-than-thou. We’re in the South. You …

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This week will go down in history as the beginning of the end for the Democrat Party. Don’t get me wrong, the Dems were already rocketing toward oblivion with their obstructionist, anti-American and socialist agenda, as well as their completely deranged hatred for the President of the United…

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Did you make it to work on Monday morning? Were you late? Unproductive?

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Corruption isn’t a Democrat or Republican trait. It is an Establishment, multiple-term politician trait. President Trump has been impeached by the Democrats because he exposed the type of corruption that runs rampant throughout Washington, D.C. 

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Like most Americans, my TV will be on the Super Bowl Sunday, and I’ll be tuned in — sort of. No Super plans. Just me, the recliner, the laptop and some work items that might finally get checked off.

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Walter was acting differently. When the garbage truck backed down our thin street with the reverse “beep beep” ringing in the early morning air, he stayed still.

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STARKVILLE — In what has to date been an almost exclusively partisan enterprise, the Democratic U.S. House majority impeached President Donald Trump last month and walked those allegations across the Capitol to the Republican U.S. Senate, where the trial continues amid tension and high drama.

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Marc Thiessen wrote in the Washington Post last week: “History is being made on Capitol Hill this week. No, I’m not talking about the presidential impeachment trial; that’s been done before. I’m talking about President Trump’s decision to become the first U.S. president to speak in person at…

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Several months ago, I began to notice that something was wrong with one of my teeth. I experienced a little pain here and there, but mostly aggravation because it just didn’t feel right and food kept getting lodged in a new space that wasn’t there before.  

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The problems facing prisons in Mississippi and across the country are widespread and complex. But never fear … Jay-Z and his band of bad-rhyming multimillionaires are here to fix it all. Ha!

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Over the course of the 12 years (13 in May) that I’ve owned The ReView of Jones County and then the Laurel Leader-Call, we have had dozens of local columnists. The two longest-running columnists are Mark Thornton and me, the only people who have had their mugs and thoughts run every week for…