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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…

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Even though President Trump is now the third U.S. President ever to be impeached by the House, we all know he will never be removed from office. Not only is the evidence flimsy at best, but Democrats are nowhere close to the 67 votes needed to remove Trump from office. Impeachment seems noth…

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Impeachments aren’t what they used to be. Today, young people are supposed to be excited that the president withheld taxpayer money from Ukraine — a half-billion-dollar foreign aid package that ticks off most Americans under any circumstances, going to a country notable for not being our cou…

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Impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump begins today (Tuesday). Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over the trial in the Senate. The House has sent managers to the Senate to prosecute the case against President Trump: Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val D…

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If you want to have a spirited conversation with a group of sports fans, make a bold declaration that someone was the “best ever” at any position. 

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All day Friday, I tried to find an extra hundred bucks to go lay on the Tennessee Titans. I just had a feeling they would beat Baltimore on Saturday night in a major upset.

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Here’s the big picture for 2020: two powerful political movements are vying for control of the United States of America. Players on the Left include Democrats and the Washington Establishment comprised primarily of the federal bureaucracy, national media and political royalty. Players on the…

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Over the past few weeks I have seen numerous articles and television shows counting down the top 10 “whatever” of the past year or even the past decade. Those shows are always a fun way to reminisce about things that have happened in the past and think about how much things have changed.  

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The new decade and Joe Berlin’s first term as sheriff sure did get started with a bang. Lots of them. But the good guys are winning, praise God … and I’m actually getting to be there and tell our readers about it!

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Last week, SWARM (Safe and Warm Animal Rescue Mission) out of Ellisville closed its doors after it was revealed that there were animals on its own premises that were being neglected. Those poor animals had to be shipped off to animal shelters in Hattiesburg and Grenada. Dogs having to be res…

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The Leader-Call is many things, but being known for its reporters’ and editors’ vanity ... not so much.

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They say “hindsight is 2020.” We’re likely to see a lot of hindsight] in 2020. John Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, has been investigating the origin of the Russian collusion hoax executed by former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, and former…

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In the newspaper business, we have to make decisions all the time. Some are big, some are small, and we have to live with them all. Whether it’s deciding which stories to put on the front page, picking all-county sports teams or voting on the Heisman Trophy (ask Murph about me voting my cons…

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This is my 25th first column of the year. Twenty of those columns have been written for the Laurel Leader-Call and five for the gone-but-never-forgotten “ReView of Jones County.” 

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At the time of this writing, Mississippi has been declared to be in a state of emergency after the massive statewide tornado outbreak.  Many people in our community are struggling to put their homes back in order and are cleaning up the damage that was left by that mean amalgamation of wind …

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As we end another year of the Trump presidency, let’s take account of how we got here. 

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The last few days of 2019 are upon us. It is not only the end of a year, but the end of a decade. Those awkward teen years have come and gone and now we begin what will hopefully be another “Roaring Twenties.” Thanks to President Trump, the decade will get off to a roaring start. And, maybe,…

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In the years before Facebook, it was only once a year when we were bombarded with boastful dispatches that were sent from family to family. They were like fruitcake in the form of a Christmas card. All the sweet stuff was piled on, and everyone just kept passing it around, never really divin…

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At the bottom of the wooden stairs in a New York basement — a room converted into a family room and a wonderful underground respite from the summer heat — stood a utility closet.

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Every authoritarian government throughout history has used distraction to control the populace. In our country, it is a ploy in the playbook of the modern Democrat Party.

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It’s such a cliché to say that in times of turmoil, we see the worst and the best of people. But remember: Clichés usually become clichés because of their innate truth.

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Merry Christmas Jones County! You, too, Jasper, Wayne and Smith counties. For those of you who appreciate the fact that you still live in an area that has a locally owned, engaged community newspaper that actually cares about fulfilling the duties a community newspaper is supposed to fulfill…

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As we launch ourselves toward 2020 — for those of us born in the Dark Ages, that seems incomprehensible — and with no Thursday papers for the next two weeks — please read that again — I bid farewell to 2019 and embrace 2020.

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The U.S. economy continues to boom under President Trump’s conservative, business-friendly leadership. This is such a contrast to the eight years under President Obama, who favored a Keynesian government-controlled economy.

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Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is just a few days away. If you watch the Lifetime movie channel between the months of August to December, then you may have the idea that every Christmas season is filled with joy, laughter, beautiful snow-covered landscapes, romantic mar…

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I know that is a bold headline, but I’m convinced that if the people who control the schools in our state paid heed to this column, within 10 years, Mississippi would rise to be the undisputed leader in education in America.  

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It’s probably been more than 40 years since I even mentioned my birthday to anyone. They’re not really a big deal to most adults. Birthdays are just the first of at least 365 days that you’ll be that age. We should celebrate our mothers on our birthday. Seriously, did you see the size of you…

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Editor’s note: This is written by Laurel native Sylvia Regina Graham-Waters in dedication to former Laurel Councilman Trey Chinn, who passed away on Nov. 23. He was 36.

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STARKVILLE – President Trump and first lady Melania welcomed the Christmas season last week during the 97th annual lighting of the national tree in Washington, D.C. What a contrast! Surrounded by years of bitter and angry criticisms from Democrats, media and the Washington swamp, the Trumps …

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While on a family vacation this past October, my daughter Alison and her husband Jonathan surprised us by announcing that they were expecting their first child and our first grandchild. I’ve been quite giddy with excitement ever since.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office “prayerfully,” “sadly” and “with a heavy heart.” In fact, as anyone who has been watching knows, many Democrats have been itching to impeach Trump since the day he took office. 

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STARKVILLE – The Great Assumption in Mississippi politics has long been that race is the lowest common denominator. For good or ill, it is undeniable that this assumption is the basis for how political campaigns are operated, for the crafting of political messaging and for the evolution of t…

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Have you enjoyed the past few weeks, watching the leaves change colors and feeling the temperature drop to a refreshing cool crispness? I have, and we should probably enjoy it while we can, because it won’t be long before we will be watching flowers bloom and the heat rise as spring approaches.  

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STARKVILLE – Impeachment hearings against President Trump are reminiscent of a Shakespearian play. Is it a tragedy or a comedy? Yes. The Democrats starring in and directing the play portray President Trump as a tragic character with fatal flaws. The media and Washington Establishment, i.e. s…

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, leader of the Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, told colleagues recently that impeachment is “an urgent matter that cannot wait.”

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It was about 20 years ago that I had my first experience with something I’d written ”going viral,” even though that term didn’t come about for another decade or so.

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Our Salvation Army of Laurel food drive came to an end on Thanksgiving. The outpouring of support from the community was simply flabbergasting. I personally helped deliver three van loads of canned food and dry goods to the Salvation Army shelter on 13th Avenue.