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Gov. Tate Reeves was going to catch flak no matter what he decided to do about starting school. Even though we have been critical of many things he has done in the past, we wholeheartedly agree with the way he handled this hot potato.

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In the middle of each month, the state releases its sales tax data for cities, towns and municipalities throughout the state. Starting in May, which reflected March’s sales tax numbers, Mississippians in every city and town were holding their collective breaths waiting for the crippling effe…

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On Thursday, Americans paid their final respects to Civil Rights hero John Lewis. Before we go any further, we urge the powers-that-be in Alabama to immediately change the name of the Edward Pettus Bridge in honor of John Lewis. His fight, especially on that bridge during the march to Selma,…

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Of the myriad comments to be thrust onto the Black Lives Mississippi Facebook page against the owner and staff of this newspaper, the one that made us laugh the most was the notion of collecting money to start another newspaper in Laurel.

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Thank you to all of the people who posted comments against us on the Black Lives Matter Mississippi Facebook page. The publicity should be good for business. Productive people who actually contribute to the well-being of our community and economy believe that if you’re against us, we’re prob…

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At this point, it’s impossible to have a reasonable public discussion about any divisive issue, especially on social media. Everything is black and white — literally — to the people who are dominating the conversations, and everyone has a platform. There’s never been so much noise.

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A meme floating around the internet shows a masked figure also wearing a blindfold so that “he can’t see what is going on.” The notion being that the real reason behind wearing masks is a far-reaching plot to keep Americans silenced.

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As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on any and all activities, it was heartwarming, to say the least, to see the amazing showing of support and generosity for South Central Regional Medical Center’s Art of Healing.

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If one believes the chit-chat on Facebook, we could be in for some turbulence in The Free State this weekend. There are all sorts of rumors that Antifa and Black Lives Matter are coming to town. Local law enforcement officials believe the information is credible, so they will have increased …

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School officials are in a really, really tough spot right now. 

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Two episodes — one here in Laurel — highlight perfectly how rushing to judgment, losing all sense of context and the inability to wait in the throes of instant reaction have fanned the flames of racial strife.

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Did we throw you a curveball this morning? This Editorial and our columns on Pages B2 and B3? Why would we do that?

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Constitutional freedoms are afforded to everyone in America (unless, of course, they’ve been removed for cause) and all people are created equal, according to our Declaration of Independence. But all people certainly aren’t equal when it comes to responsibility and judgment. It would serve s…

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Is Laurel City Councilman Stacy Comegys trying to find a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? 

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A bitter pillIt was inevitable that our state flag was going to change, one way or the other. But how it happened will forever be a source of bitterness for proponents of the design that’s been with us since 1894 and was affirmed by 64 percent of voters in 2001.Ideally, the people would have…

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Trade and sports organizations are continuing to come out against the State of Mississippi flag. There is little doubt that the symbol will be changed. It also is clear that the change will not come from the state Legislature.

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We’re not sure how we got dragged into the mess that happened at the other end of the Mississippi River a month ago, but here we are. 

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In the height of the Vietnam War, a war that tore America apart, iconic journalist Walter Cronkite in 1968 came out on his nightly news program to pronounce that American involvement in Vietnam was an unwinnable endeavor. 

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Politicians at every level are in an unenviable position these days. They are juggling more hot-potato issues at once than at any time in recent memory.

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Attorneys advise clients to never apologize. A simple “I’m sorry” can be interpreted as an admission of guilt. That’s why we hear hollow phrases such as “I regret what happened” and “it wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone” in those mea culpa press conferences celebrities and CEOs are forced t…

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Changing the State of Mississippi flag already has more momentum today than it has in more than 20 years. As today’s Page 1 story lays out, a bipartisan group of Legislators, with the blessing of Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, are trying to get enough support to legislatively change the flag.

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There’s an old story about our nation’s 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, that has come to mind during our current state of affairs.

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As America seems to burn daily, employees at companies across America are being fired for having an independent thought and the court of public opinion has the power to ruin every one of us in a matter of seconds, another newspaper has taken a suicidal path — the New York Times.

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If we can imagine an afterlife where it really is possible to watch the goings-on on earth, what would George Floyd be thinking right now?

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On its surface, the return of youth sports is something to celebrate. But get deep into the weeds and the return of such a necessary activity will bring with it what must be seen as overkill.

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Nine times out of 10 — and likely a higher percentage than that — we are on the side of law enforcement. The only thing that keeps society from devolving into chaos are the men and women in blue.

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Something very interesting happened on Tuesday that didn’t get much attention. The United States Supreme Court ruled that, for now, secret grand jury testimony from Robert Mueller’s witch-hunt investigation of President Trump’s collusion with Russia must stay secret.

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When we write sports stories, there’s an assumption that the reader has basic knowledge of the game. In basketball stories, basics such as a basket inside the 3-point arc counts for two points and a free throw is one point. In football, we don’t note that a touchdown is worth six points and …

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Did you notice what came on television this weekend, other than the droning COVID-19 coverage? Live sports. 

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One of the most somber, poignant days of the year occurs each May during National Police Week. Historically, ceremonies would have taken place this week honoring those who have died in the line of duty.

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Mercy, has this been a rough couple months! Two months have passed since we crafted almost an entire section of this newspaper out of COVID-19 information. 

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Imagine it was 2016 in the heat of the presidential election. A former staffer for candidate Donald Trump alleged that years ago, he had forced her up against a wall and sexually assaulted her. Imagine the TV news coverage. Getting the victim — and likely her attorney — on every show on ever…

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It was surprising to see how many local restaurants’ doors were still locked on Thursday when they were allowed to reopen — under strict guidelines, of course — by order of Gov. Tate Reeves.

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The sound of people moving and restaurants and shops reopening is music to our ears. It has been nearly two months since the COVID-19 virus changed our lives forever. The battle against COVID-19 is not over yet. We still have to be smart.

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As a professional wrestler in the hey-day of the World Wrestling Federation, Ted DiBiase went by the name “The Million Dollar Man.” If a report issued by State Auditor Shad White of Sandersville is proved correct, he will go down in history as The Million Dollar Sham.

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No image will define the disconnect between the elitist Establishment national politicians and the people who make this country run than that of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s now-infamous “Ice Cream Social.”

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Nearly seven weeks of constant COVID-19 coverage is enough to get every human being down in the dumps. Doom, gloom, death... Enough! Cover it, give out pertinent information in a timely manner, but this is no longer a 24-hour-per-day story. 

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Gov. Reeves will take a beating no matter what decision he makes. Extend the stay-at-home order and draw the ire of Mississippians thirsting to get back to work and open businesses. Protests have erupted in several states over stay-at-home orders as people are fed up with living in fear. End…

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No image will define the disconnect between the elitist Establishment national politicians and the people who make this country run than that of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s now-infamous “Ice Cream Social.”

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Count us as concerned with the amount of power being flexed by federal, state and local governments in the battle against COVID-19. 

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First of all, this is a newspaper, not a romance novel like so many of our critics must be accustomed to reading … The big bold words above our stories are “headlines,” not “titles.” 

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The Leader-Call was one of five news outlets in the state to receive a $5,000 grant from the Facebook Journalism Project to support our reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak. The other recipients were Mississippi Public Broadcasting, The Natchez Democrat, The Oxford Eagle and The Picayune Item.

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While politicians and national media continue to play gotcha games and, worse, blame games, there are millions of people nationwide — and thousands locally — who are putting their own lives on the line every day.

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In unprecedented times, parents have to think outside the box to make sure their children are entertained and educated during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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As much as we shouldn’t throw politics into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, our politicians will not let us.

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As we reach COVID-19 overload — it will happen — one would think nothing else on earth is happening right now.