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Despite what a few folks around here might think, I’m a staunch supporter of law enforcement. Always have been. I’ve worked side-by-side with many officers for 25-plus years now and have done more than a dozen ride-alongs and hundreds of stories about their doings. Only a handful over all th…

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If you aren’t outraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, then you are not only a racist but you are subhuman. Fortunately, outside of Petal Mayor Hal Marx (more on him in a minute), it does seem like there is universal condemnation of this heinous act.

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My telephone number throws people for a loop.Apparently, not many people around here get calls from Vicksburg.

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I’ve noticed that people keep calling me (well, not me personally, but people like me) a selfish jerk for not wearing a mask. They seem to believe that I am putting their grandmother at risk of catching the coronavirus by not wearing a mask. Well, my selfish jerk response to them is this: “I…

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This has been a weird week for me. Two times in a two-day period, Gov. Tate Reeves has done something worthy of a big thumbs up.

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CBS Sunday Morning is the best “news” show on television. Each Sunday for 90 minutes, the program takes an in-depth look at myriad topics. Imagine “60 Minutes” light.

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During last Saturday’s press conference, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves admitted he had made some mistakes. That’s a good thing. As an example, Reeves said he now realizes there are no non-essential businesses, workers or people. That’s another good thing. 

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Honesty and transparency disclaimer: I have had to begin this column three times as I write because I am having trouble maintaining an unbiased opinion, for my own cynicism is evident as I think about what is going on in the world today.  

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My motorcycle instructors must have thought I was some far-out geek, rolling up to the community college, jacket too big for me, the eyes of someone perpetually startled. I was without a doubt the shortest and oldest student they had that session, and the only student who crashed during the course.

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I was an awkward lad, overweight and clumsy with thick glasses. My hair went every which way possible with a pasture full of cow licks. I dressed like … well, let’s just say I had a love of athletic wear.

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Corruption flows from the top down. Last week, National Intelligence Director Richard Grenell released transcripts to the public from the House Intelligence Committee investigation into charges that candidate and President Trump colluded with Russia before and after the 2016 election. Not on…

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The global pandemic has cost us in both lives and economic stability, and now it’s time for Americans to come together and do our best to prevent history from repeating itself. A step in this process is holding the Chinese government accountable for lying, attempting to cover up the virus an…

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I’m amazed at the number of intelligent people who are taking what the government and media is telling them about the coronavirus at face value. In what alternate universe has the federal government and mainstream media earned your trust, especially in the past 10 years?

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I must admit that when I saw a City of Laurel vehicle at an out-of-state paintless dent removal company, I was not a happy camper. Before the day was out, there were five city vehicles there. As the days passed, there were more and more city vehicles there. I was upset because the city was n…

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Most Mother’s Day weekends, I run the same column. After all, I’ve had the same mom and same feelings, so there’s no reason to write another one. This Mother’s Day is different.

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We took a bit of quarantine time to go find Walter, our last remaining dog in a former brood of three-plus, a sister. A brother would not work, for Walter is The Godfather of the house and has no use for other boy dogs.

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Since COVID-19 forced a temporary recess in the Legislative session, I have been video conferencing with Mississippi’s K-12 students. In one recent AP government class, a student asked: How many constitutional rights do we have to give up during a pandemic?

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The apostle Paul was likely beheaded in Rome. He lived a remarkable life, and he left a lasting legacy through his many letters “in which are some things hard to understand,” as the apostle Peter noted in one of his own letters. 

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A few ramblings while trying not to let being COVID-19 homebound with the awful laugh track of the TV show “Friends” droning on in the background.

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Snow sheeted the entire everything; the miles stretched into eternity, and so did time. It was, and I quote from Bruce McDonald’s “Pontypool,” “like being in the basement of the world.”

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Hindsight is overwhelming. Forethought is scary. Six weeks ago, we were living normal lives, and today, we’re questioning what is normal. If we dare to think six weeks ahead, we have to use a new paradigm because none of our presuppositions prepared us for what we’ve been through. 

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It’s not the debating that bothers me. No, what’s much more concerning than the coronavirus itself is the lack of debate when it comes to the government-imposed selective shutdown of businesses.

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If anything good will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be the death of the handshake.

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The American people are accustomed to disasters, calamities and emergencies. Indeed, we were born out of a series of crises. From the Stamp Act catastrophe in 1765 through the end of the American Revolution in 1781 to the political and economic upheavals that came afterward, Americans rose t…

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The media are outraged that President Trump is talking about re-opening the country, following their previous position that he sure was taking his sweet time at opening up the country.

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Life these days reminds me of the recent Netflix saga about that cat lady who fed her husband to the tigers and the blonde mullet guy who lived in a zoo but is now in prison. 

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Some of my very earliest childhood memories are of Mossville. My roots are there. I lived in Mossville for a few years as a child and attended school at Stringer. My paternal great-grandfather Jackson pastored the Church of God.  

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There was nothing surprising about the governor’s order to close schools for the rest of the year. It was no surprise when he made the first order to close them for three weeks. I predicted both. And I predicted that he would extend the “shelter-in-place” order beyond Monday, too. No, that d…

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In rosier times before pandemics and life-altering tornadoes, Jamey Cooley likely would be preparing to take his Team JD Q competitive barbecue team to a competition somewhere around the Southeast.

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In times of crisis, the nation has a way of pulling together that should make all Americans feel proud.  During World War II, young men enlisted in droves, the public purchased massive amounts of war bonds and women of all ages went to work building airplanes, tanks and machine guns while th…

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For this week’s column, my intention was to write about how this Easter, everyone will be worshipping the same way I have for the last few years — by computer. For me, it’s the best way because it keeps me focused on the message, not all of the stand-up, sit-down rituals and superficial nons…

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My, how things can change so drastically in the blink of an eye. I don’t know if any of us were prepared three weeks ago for what was about to hit us in the face.  

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I looked in the mirror Tuesday morning — something I rarely do to avoid looking at the growing third chin hanging from my face. It was not the chins that caught my eye, though, but the wispy mop atop my dome that needed cutting worse than at any time in my life.

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I am taking this pandemic very seriously. I have barely left my little piece of Jasper County in almost three weeks now, and then only for groceries. One package of toilet tissue and one loaf of bread each trip to Kroger, if you please. I am very grateful to have those.  

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District 5 lacks leadership, integrity, assiduity, vision “Serving With A Purpose” is the shibboleth that the Jones County District 5 Supervisor touted during his campaign. Of course, the obvious question is, “What is his ‘purpose?’” That he never adumbrated or articulated. It is a fad phras…

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A few random thoughts while feeling full of myself for being considered “essential” while still sheltering in place and working:

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STARKVILLE – Most Mississippians are aware of the heroic role that the late Republican Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran played in 2005 in literally saving Mississippi and the rest of the Gulf Coast by wrestling a $29 billion Hurricane Katrina relief package from his reluctant Capitol Hill …

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In August 1945, my grandfather on my dad’s side held post on a ship near the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean waiting on if or when the great invasion of mainland Japan would occur.

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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…