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When all is said and done involving the miltary-style raid on the property of two senior citizens in the Johnson Community, it will be defined as a failure… an absolute and utter failure on so many levels.

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Contrary to the image of potheads as peaceful stoners, “cannabis-dependent psychotic patients were four times as likely to be violent,” according to a study cited by Alex Berenson in his magnificent new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.” “No o…

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We are living in interesting times with issues like abortion, trade talks with China, stock market losses, immigration crisis on the border, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, floods and storms, President Trump and two dozen Democrats running for president. 

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My younger daughter Alison graduates from medical school this week and then will be heading off to the bright lights and medical residency program of Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her older sister Emily will be taking a few days off from her career as a senior editor with The Observer i…

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On Sunday, July 8, 2018, I sat in the Jones County Justice Court covering the case of a young man who had shot an arrow through a dog’s head. As the unofficial animal-abuse beat reporter, I covered the vast majority of those cases.

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Big news out of the White House recently! After a beehive of activity, Jared Kushner will finally be unveiling his comprehensive immigration plan!

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America was founded on the novel idea that the people could rule themselves if law were king. Actually, Lex Rex (Law is King) dates back at least to Samuel Rutherford’s book by the same name published in 1644. They didn’t have the Internet back then, and publishing books was fairly spotty, s…

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I’ll give you the clean version of the old saying: “Opinions are like noses, everyone has one.” However, real facts have a way of defining whose opinions actually matter.

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It’s been well-documented in this space that I have the best mom ever. Most years, I run the same column on Mother’s Day weekend. That may seem kind of lazy, but to me, it was just being practical. After all, it’s the same mom. Her history and our history together hadn’t changed, so why shou…

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We’d gather near the back door of the Jones County Justice Court building and wait.

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If you watched Sheriff Alex Hodge’s press conference on Tuesday, you saw him tell anyone who was listening how “transparent” he was and then, in the very next sentence, blatantly lie through his teeth right in front of the cameras. 

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Even if you don’t like or respect me and my opinions, find a print journalist who you do respect and ask him or her this question: Do you like press conferences?

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If you want to know the greatness of America, just walk to the grocery store paper-products aisle and admire the toilet paper.

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STARKVILLE — There were some justifiable fears in the late 1950s and early 1960s — threats like polio, global thermonuclear war or the president appearing on TV to talk about anything. If he did, you could forget about TV for the night on either of the channels that were available to us (if …

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According to Robert Mueller, a president can be guilty of obstruction of justice simply by exercising the powers of the president — if he does so with “an intent to obtain an improper advantage for himself or someone else, inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others.”

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More than 20 Democrats are running for president in 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the latest to enter the ring. Crazy as it sounds, two white septuagenarians — Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders — are leading in the latest polls for the nomination of the most diverse, big-tent politica…

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More than nine months have passed since an elderly couple, one a Purple Heart war hero, were taken from their home in handcuffs by two Jones County Sheriff’s deputies and a lieutenant on orders of a maniacal sheriff who wanted a misdemeanor to reach national levels of media saturation.

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The video of Trevor Gray getting beaten by a couple of primate-like barbarians at a party in Buckatunna was one of the most sickening things I’ve ever seen. Sadness, sickness, rage all welled up inside of me at the same time, just as with anyone else who has human-like qualities.

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Thanks to our truth-challenged, egotistical sheriff providing me with so much fodder for this column, I haven’t had the chance to comment on a variety of topics that I normally would have written about.  So bear with me today as I empty out this brain of mine. I’m at an age now that if I don…

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STARKVILLE — I often wrote over the course of 35 years about public health care finance with a level of personal engagement that reminds me today much of a walk through a really fine zoo. The exhibits were intriguing, yes, but I could certainly lose interest quickly and move on to another topic.

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While I realize it is impossible to avoid all complaints from our citizens and visitors, nevertheless, the City of Laurel desires to give you as much information as possible as it pertains to the infrastructure work that is taking place.

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Should the federal government outlaw discrimination?If discrimination is always bad, then the government should outlaw all discrimination. But, what if discrimination is good? For example, do restaurants that post “No shoes, no shirt, no service” discriminate against customers who are not we…

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., the highly improbable candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, made this insightful comment to The New York Times: “The story that we tell, not just about government but about ourselves, and the story we tell people about themselves and …

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Sgt. J.D. Carter of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department spoke to Kiwanis Club of Laurel this week about gangs that are operating in Jones County. His presentation was followed by a large number of questions from Kiwanis members who were meeting at the Laurel Country Club. From left, progra…

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I try to stay off social media as much as I possibly can. Outside of keeping up with old friends and making sure your kids are staying out of trouble, it’s a big waste of time — unless, of course, your only hobby consists of getting into pointless political arguments with strangers who aren’…

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Our dogs Yum Yum and Walter love to sing Happy Birthday — in two-part harmony. We have recorded them so when a relative or close friend has a birthday, we can send them the video of our “Two Tenors” belting out the most-sung song in history.

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Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born Nov. 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born Sept. 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president.

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For almost a year now, my younger daughter, Alison, had been telling me to keep Friday, March 15 open on my calendar because it was “National Match Day.” I’d never heard of “National Match Day,” but I saved the date as I was told to do … because when you’re grown daughter tells you do someth…

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There’s an unwritten rule in the world of public relations about rumors: Don’t react to them because that makes them real.

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People continue to talk about how polarized Americans have become about nearly everything regarding politics and social issues. It’s almost as though unseen forces were trying to split us into myriad little identity groups. President Trump blames the Democrats and fake news. Democrats and na…

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

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From the inception of the mayor-council form of government instituted in Laurel July 1, 1985, the writer has known all of the Black city councilmen and women elected over the past 34 years, beginning with the late George Gaddy, the late Viola Malone and Lula Davis-Cooley. Presently, there ar…

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In 2014, the residents of Jones County voted overwhelmingly for Chris McDaniel in his bid to oust long-time swamp creature and the “King of Pork” Thad Cochran. In a senate race that was stolen from McDaniel during a runoff, swamp Republicans asked swamp Democrats to help them keep the swamp …

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Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusion that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Some memb…

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In his book “The Fellowship of the Ring,” J. R. R. Tolkien wrote, “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And …

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After two years and $25 million of wasted time and money (money that could have been spent on building “The WALL”), the Robert Mueller investigation findings were finally turned over to Attorney General Bill Barr. And, not surprisingly, the witch hunt that was started simply because Democrat…