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If you’re just itching to have a spirited conversation with friends or total strangers, sit down and say what you think is wrong (or right) with public education and, if you want to make an afternoon of it, offer your proposal for school security (a column or editorial for another day). 

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I’m not going to tell you who to vote for when it comes to Joe Berlin and Macon Davis. Honestly, I’m just thankful that one of them will be the new sheriff of Jones County come January.  

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When President Obama essentially doubled the national debt during his eight years in office, Republicans took him to task — and rightfully so. Now that annual deficits are soaring over $1 trillion, nobody’s talking about the national debt! Why? Neither the Democrats nor their media cousins c…

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The left has the luxury of having lost the argument on crime for the past few decades and, as a consequence, the electorate has no recollection of the living nightmare produced by Great Liberal Ideas About Crime.

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I don’t like politics. I mean, I really don’t like politics. It’s nasty business. It’s tough for anyone to be a longtime politician and to be clean.

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Last week, I went over the winners from the primary and runoff elections in August. Here are the losers.

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Mark Sanford, the former representative and governor of South Carolina, has now joined former representative Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in challenging President Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

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Sadly, 9/11 has become little more than a history lesson and a day of remembrance for many Americans. Sept. 11, 2001, and the days following shook the whole world when Islamic terrorists declared war against everyone and every nation and culture that did not submit to radical Islam. 

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The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation. Doing so set a “dangerous example” for the bureau’s other employees, Inspector General Michael…

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We are still two months out from the general election and yet we have already had some major winners and losers emerge out of the primary and run-off elections.  Let’s start with the winners.

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In this profession, you learn to take a certain amount of abuse. Either you learn to roll with it or you get high blood pressure or you set up a Prozac lick at your desk.

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Tray Brown has left the building. John Johnson is seemingly dead. Mark Carter has disappeared like a fart in the wind.

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In class last week, we discussed the chapter on Ethics and Public Speaking. The textbook defines ethics as, “The branch of philosophy that deals with issues of right and wrong in human affairs.” Considering former FBI Director James Comey’s most recent ethical failure, the timing could not h…

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So far, five Democratic presidential candidates — Kirsten Gillibrand, Eric Swalwell, John Hickenlooper, Seth Moulton and Jay Inslee — have dropped out of the 2020 race. What is amazing is that the number is only five, and that 20 Democrats are still running.

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Relief. Not overwhelming glee, not chest-pounding pride… not even a tinge of smug satisfaction. No, what I felt when the results of Tuesday night’s runoff election results were announced showing that Macon Davis had ended the reign of Alex Hodge was nothing more than some good, old-fashioned…

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This column was first published in The Vicksburg Post in 2000 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to ban prayer at public school events. With apologies to the late Willie Morris, who penned a beautiful prayer for the opening of Little League Baseball season, here’s a prayer for the o…

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Louisiana Little Leaguers from River Ridge, just outside of New Orleans, returned home Monday to a heroes’ welcome after becoming the first team from the Pelican State to win the Little League World Series.

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STARKVILLE – The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Almanac of Higher Education” edition for 2019-20 is hot off the presses and the information contained there is useful for those interested in reviewing how Mississippi’s higher education system compares with our contiguous neighboring states.

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Even before The New York Times launched its “All Slavery, All the Time” project, no one could accuse that paper of skimping on its race coverage, particularly stories about black males killed by white(ish) police officers.

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It was some time in the first quarter of last year that I sat in Alex Hodge’s living room and listened to his plan. He told me that he was going to battle with the Board of Supervisors to get the $8.6 million budget he was asking for.

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From the moment that the election results from the Republican primary showed that Macon Davis was less than 2 percentage points away from unseating Alex Hodge as the sheriff of Jones County, Hodge has spent nearly every second of every waking hour trying to hold on to power. It is like nothi…

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By now, you know the history. After I declared my candidacy against Thad Cochran in 2014, the GOP Establishment did everything in its power to ruin me.  

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Here are the ages that the top presidential candidates will be on Inauguration Day, 2021: Bernie Sanders, 79; Joe Biden, 78; Donald Trump, 74; and Elizabeth Warren, 71.

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Israel popped up in the news last week. First-term congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) sought visas to visit Israel, but Israel blocked their entry. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the two Muslim congresswomen’s support of Palestinians and the movement B.D.S…

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Well, it is clear that the poor showing of Alex Hodge in the Aug. 6 Republican primary has caused a complete meltdown at the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.  

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Sheriff Alex Hodge has gone to social media and recorded a veritable mini-series of excuses, self-serving explanations and accusations over the last week or so. The theme of each one is basically the same — blame the Leader-Call for his fall from favor with the people who have voted him in o…

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Judge Judith Sheindlin, the mega-millionaire television judge who rules daytime TV, often says to those before her: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to have a good memory.”

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What are the consequences of infringing “the right of the people to keep and bear arms?” Could the consequences be worse than the problem we’re trying to solve? 

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The Democratic debates have been hard on Never Trumpers. The small but vocal group of Republicans and former Republicans who oppose President Trump has watched in horror as Democrats veered leftward, embracing “Medicare for All,” virtually open borders, sky-high taxes and other positions no …

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As I lay in bed on Tuesday night watching the election results dribble in, my mind kept thinking about Katherine Sinclair. It was the tragedy surrounding Ms. Sinclair’s death that has awoken a sleeping giant, the voters of Jones County, to the extent, nature and danger of the corruption that…

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As hard as this may be to believe for some of you, I wanted to write about something other than the sheriff this week. Desperately. Anything but that … I’m actually buried in football stuff, trying to help finish up and proofread our Kickoff magazine that’s coming out in less than two weeks. 

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Russian friends have graciously shown me churches, palaces, gardens and parks, and museums from Moscow region to St. Petersburg. Via these excursions I’ve learned a lot of Russian history as well as a lot about Russian culture, society and people. My Russian friends view two- and three-hundr…

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What a week to turn 56 years old. As some of you (hopefully most of you) know, we rolled, bagged and threw an extra 15,000 copies of Tuesday’s edition of the Leader-Call and my newly turned 56-year-old body still has the aches, pains and bruises to show for it.

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Everywhere I go in Jones County, politics — one race in particular — is the primary conversation. Just the other night, I walked in a local eatery to pick up a call-in order for a pair of hungry teenagers who had been helping distribute thousands of free Election Guide newspapers to the mass…

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A matter has appeared in Mississippi politics that is quite perplexing. Some Mississippi Republicans are embracing the idea of increasing fuel excise taxes for roads and bridges. And even some misguided conservatives are agreeing with the tax increase as long as an offsetting income tax redu…

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Every time you pass a Burroughs Diesel truck, it should remind you of the special treatment that the rich, powerful and connected receive in Jones County. And every time you pass a B Clean porta-potty or dumpster, it should remind you that certain politicians are using their political office…

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One of the best, most well-performed, thought-provoking movies ever made is “Dead Man Walking.” In one of its many memorable scenes, a prison guard at Angola asks Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) how she could be there cozying up to a cold-hearted killer on death row. 

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On Monday, I was trying to make my way from my home in North Laurel to the Leader-Call office in downtown Laurel. This is a drive that should be a painlessly straight shot down University to 7th Avenue, a quick cutover to 5th Avenue, and I’m at the back door of the office in 5 to 7 minutes.

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Until fleeing the state of New York for the greener pastures of the Deep South, I never understood the power of a watermelon.

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Sunday we celebrated the Lord’s Supper in our church. Two weeks ago, I celebrated the Lord’s Supper with fellow believers in a Baptist Church in Russia. Both celebrations were in remembrance of the same Jesus until He returns. All believers around the world share the same citizenship in heav…

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The federal government and many states (including Alabama and Florida) have recently passed legislation legalizing the farming of hemp in hopes of tapping into a potentially multibillion-dollar industry. 

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A recent text conversation between my teenager and me makes me wonder if we have made amazing advancements in communication or if we have regressed to the days of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.