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Congratulations! You just won a free trip! The only catch is that you have to get yourself to the destination. You find out about the trip and you immediately begin to think about what you need to pack, where exactly you are going, and what you will see when you get there. As the day of depa…

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COVID-19, civil unrest and the attempted socialist takeover of America has completely overshadowed anything good that has happened in 2020. But I’m shifting gears for today’s column because a lot of good actually has happened, not nationally but locally here in Laurel/Jones County. And there…

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For the last couple of months, I’ve made a conscious effort to alternate my attitude in this space from serious and sanctimonious one week to congenial and conversational the next week.

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Forty people gathering outside for a night of trivia at a brewery, socially distanced and wearing masks while not seated, in the eyes of the State of Louisiana is unacceptable. The possibility of the spread of COVID-19 is too dangerous to have people gather, even if outside and socially distanced.

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I rode to the sunflower fields in the back of a pickup, surrounded by cousins and uncles, holding a big gun my dad let me borrow. I was something to the tune of 8 years old and the size of a gnat. I sat between the stalks with one of my elders when the sunrise lit over us. Dove-hunting seaso…

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Over the past two decades, the number of homeschoolers in Mississippi — and in America — has more than doubled as this education choice has moved from the fringes of society to a practice that is legal in every state. 

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There are so many things I don’t understand. With age would come wisdom and clarity, or so I thought. But after hitting 50, there’s just wistfulness and confusion.

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As some of you may have noticed, the Marxist terrorist hate group Black Lives Matter and its local groupies have labeled me as a racist. They’ve even posted my photo with a big headline — Laurel Leader-Call, “It takes a special kind of skin” — all over Facebook with what I guess they want pe…

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President Trump has said many times that voting by mail — which will play a big role in this November’s presidential election — is vulnerable to fraud. “There is tremendous evidence of fraud whenever you have mail-in ballots,” Trump has noted. The November election, he added, “will be, in my…

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You have probably heard the phrase “I can’t wait until we get back to normal” more times than you care to over the last four months. I have said and heard it a thousand times. The truth is, we have no idea if we will ever be “normal” again. Everyone is stressed, overwhelmed and worried about…

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 Several years ago, in another hysterical bout of political correctness, you weren’t supposed to say “cop” to refer to law enforcement officers. Well, we got that word from the Old English term of “constable on patrol.” Over the years, it got shortened down to “cop.” Nothing wrong with that.…

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There are exactly 100 days left before the most important presidential election in history takes place. And for those of you who are telling yourselves the polls were wrong in 2016 and they are wrong again in 2020 and President Trump will easily win re-election in November … well, I’m afraid…

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I’ve lived in Jones County longer than anywhere else in my adult life. Plenty of people made me feel welcome from my first week here. And after 13 years, some people still like to subtly remind me that I’m not from here. They punctuate their points with something like, “Well, I’ve lived here…

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I try not to pay attention to anyone while I am grocery shopping. It is an extension of a job, I deduce, and all I want to do is get it out of the way.

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Every now and then, the internet reminds me of its own potential as a tool. I sometimes see flickers of its original vision: “A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation … Unthinkable complexity.”

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According to Matthew 11:25, Jesus prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children …”

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Publisher’s note: In an effort for fairness, we welcome Mr. Walker’s rebuttal to the following rebuttal of the original rebuttal, but after that, the Leader-Call will not publish any more rebuttals on this issue written by Mr. Parrish or Mr. Walker. The Leader-Call has offered both Mr. Parri…

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There are a lot of weeks in this business when I’ll start to ponder whether it is time to holster the old pen and head off into the sunset. Then, all of the sudden, I’ll have a week like last week and realize once again why we do what we do here at the paper and how important that work is fo…

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The conversation at my house was probably like a lot that have been going on in households with teenagers, basement/garage-dwelling “adult” offspring or Democrat candidates.

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STARKVILLE- — Erstwhile DeSoto County state legislator and failed GOP gubernatorial contender Robert Foster is certainly entitled to his opinions about government mask requirements. He is also free to apply whatever overwrought definitions to freedom, liberty and tyranny that he chooses.

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A sharp pain shot through my back with every move of my neck. The muscle ache followed an uncharacteristic sore throat on Saturday. Of course, I looked up COVID-19 symptoms. We are in a severe state of panicdemic (I stole that one from Rush Limbaugh, who I am sure stole it from someone else)…

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The middle verse in the Bible expresses profound wisdom: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8) In these times people are seeking refuge from COVID-19, business closings, shortages of commodities, lawlessness and rioting in the streets, where is all of …

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It seems that the only news we are hearing lately is bad. We all know about the doom and gloom regarding COVID-19, racial tension across our country and political shenanigans taking place on a daily basis. There is not a day that goes by that our brains aren’t inundated with negativity. Trut…

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I was watching the President of the United States and the Fourth of July celebration on Fox News and decided, on a lark, to quickly flip on CNN to see if that network was even covering it. It was showing the video of the event, but not playing the audio. I swear I had my TV tuned to CNN for …

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One of the simple pleasures in my life is sitting on the patio and watching the birds come to our feeders. They were first put there for the viewing pleasure of my kiddo’s rescue kitties, whose new life of luxury includes a multi-level cat condo in front of a sliding glass door. We call it “…

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STARKVILLE- — The social and cultural ripples from the “Black Lives Matter” movement continue, from the amazing saga of the taking down of the Mississippi state flag to the ongoing debate over moving or removing monuments and changing building names on edifices named for individuals who don’…

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The state flag was going to change. I figured it would be by a vote of the state’s residents, knowing that the Legislature did not have the stones to do it themselves.

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Halfway through 2020 and I am on vacation being chased by a friggin’ cloud of Sahara Desert dust.

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I would hope by now that it is clear to everyone that the protesting, rioting, looting, vandalism and anarchy that has gripped this nation has nothing to do with justice for George Floyd. It doesn’t even have anything to do with ending racism. Actually, it is the complete opposite. It has ev…

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This was a Father’s Day like no other. It was the first one since my Dad died. It also fell on what would have been the 11th birthday for my daughter Ava, who was stillborn … OK, there. All of the sad stuff is out of the way. It wasn’t written for attention or sympathy — I’d rather get smack…

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U.S. Grant is not a popular figure around some small segments of the population around here. The hero of Shiloh and then leading the relentless pursuit of Vicksburg, forcing the town into capitulation, is the anti-hero for those who supported the Confederacy.

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Once upon a time, there existed a country whose people thought that theirs was the greatest country ever. There were many different reasons a person could convince himself of that — perhaps the country had the greatest food, or it made the greatest cars. It usually didn’t matter whether the …

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Watching the news on CNN and flipping back and forth to FOX News, one would likely have no hope that any of the divisions among us these days could be reconciled. No doubt many among us have little reason to hope reconciliation will come through politics or government.  

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“Defund the police” has become the wacky rallying cry for left-wing anarchists who now absolutely control the Democrat party. As many of you know, I’ve had my problems with certain law enforcement officers here in Jones County. Y’all might remember a recent longtime sheriff who let his power…

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If you saw me walking the track at Gardiner Park on Tuesday, it was a sudden attack of late-spring allergies that had my face red and eyes all puffy. Not sure what set it off. I don’t suffer from allergies, and it didn’t appear anything out of the ordinary was at the park.

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I have written this column 1,493 times. There is so much I want to say. So much I don’t know how to say. So much I wish I could say.

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Imagine walking through a gloomy, dark forest with a couple of new friends, hearing strange noises with every cautious step. Someone muses, “Lions and tigers and bears,” and another “Oh my!” Yes, you’re in the classic story “The Wizard of Oz,” or more likely you’ve been mashed under the thum…

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I turn 50 years old in three months. It’s hard for me to believe that my parents are old enough to have a 50-year-old child, but they do. They probably can’t believe it either. I was thinking about it the other night when I realized that I now am fairly certain that I have already lived over…

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There is a war going on in our country, and it is being won by a very loud, violent minority. These are people who are pushing nonsensical bullsh@#t down our throats, and no one is calling them out for their lies.  

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When I’m on the road and have to make a restroom stop — which is fairly frequent because of my industrial-sized drink cup and my growing post-50 prostate —I do something some people could consider strange. If there’s no rest area, I stop at the nearest convenience store or fast-food restaura…

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It sure is tough to have an opinion these days, especially one that might go against whatever social norm we are told to follow. The free expression of opinions is as American as American can be. Shy of crying “Fire” in a crowded theatre, we pretty much can say whatever we want without the f…