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In the history of our Republic, the liberal side of politics believes that government is the answer and that government has all the answers. Whatever ails you, government will come to the rescue.

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Under any circumstance, a video of a man seen knocking over a woman and then beating her would raise the anger among anyone who saw it. In a widely seen video, a man pummels and humiliates an old woman who was walking home. Video shows onlookers paralyzed as this person who had just turned i…

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President Biden, the uniter and the one who said he would heal our racial divisions, delivered — and then repeated — one of the most vulgar claims ever uttered from the White House. He declared that the new voting law in Georgia — available at leader-call.com to those who actually want to re…

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What will be the cliff-moment for the woke, cancel-cultural lunacy we are living in today. Taking on Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head didn’t work, as the rabid, loud-mouthed, radical left wing mowed over those American icons as if they were riding in a Sherman tank. People and/or entities that …

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In three days, the voters of Laurel and Ellisville will go to the polls to chart the direction of their respective cities for the next four years. Presidential elections get the big headlines, but without question, the most important elections around here are the municipal elections and the …

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Before the paint dries on the so-called COVID relief bill — a $1.9 trillion slush fund made popular by buying off the majority of people with $1,400 checks — the progressive economic takeover is intensifying with a planned $2 trillion in “infrastructure” spending. More slush fund money.

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Juxtaposition. It’s one of those words that most of us have heard many times without quite knowing the meaning. The word is defined in the Online dictionary this way: “The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.”

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Folks, we are going nowhere, and we are headed there really fast.

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The latest statistic to come from the Mississippi Department of Health, which was released Monday, showed that there were 95 new COVID-19 cases reported and zero deaths. That, in itself, should be reason to be thankful. Mississippi is still closing in on 7,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 a…

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The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ — William Faulkner

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On Saturday, in this space we urged lawmakers to pick a time and stick with it. The days of having to set the clocks forward and backward depending on the seasons has run its course. There is no need for it anymore. Let the sun shine — and leave the clocks alone.

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A few things to ponder before you go to sleep tonight — don’t forget to set those clocks ahead one hour, there is no “s” in Daylight Saving Time and it is a completely worthless endeavor to manipulate the clocks twice per year.

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As we hope you read in Tuesday’s Leader-Call, Editor-in-Chief Mark Thornton is going to take one for the team. That team is not those working here, but all of you men out there who are reaching the age of getting a colonoscopy.

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As President Joe Biden readies himself to sign future generations nearly $2 trillion into more debt, the City of Laurel and Jones County have shown the benefits of paying debts on time and living within their means.

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Can two sides be right? In the real world, yes. But not in the cyberworld. There is no room for seeing both sides in what passes for journalism in the national media these days and certainly not on social media. 

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At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the state lifted its mandate that the state’s residents wear masks and other restrictions. The order will be in effect until March 31, unless it is amended before that if conditions warrant. Freedom!

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The overwhelming majority of men and woman who pin on the badge and buckle on the duty belt are true public servants. They have a sense of service and commitment to community that motivate them much more than money. No salary can compensate them for what they’re willing to sacrifice every ti…

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Talk about can’t-miss TV! On Sunday at 2:40 p.m., tune in to the Fox News channel as President Donald Trump will speak to the Conservative Political Action Committee to close out the four-day gathering of conservatives. 

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 The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday, most likely along strict party lines, to advance a “Covid” relief bill with a $1.9 trillion price tag. The word trillion is thrown around so often now, we have become numb to it. Trillion here, trillion there ... we have all heard it. 

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As expected, the response for the Home Town 100 has been overwhelming. Our data counters have been busy compiling whom the readers of this newspaper have chosen for our annual “best of” honors. We couldn’t be happier.

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The “be safe, not sorry” approach that has taken hold of our society isn’t making it better. We have gone from a nation that rose to prominence because of a system that encouraged and rewarded risk-takers to a nation of hand-wringers who have to get medicated to face the everyday “challenges…

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There is much talk — and much more to come — about the future of the Republican Party. In one corner are the likes of Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell. They are entrenched, Establishment who like the way things have always been. Each election cycle, they promise that this will be …

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The second impeachment sham against a president who is no longer in office will wrap up in the next few days — mercifully. The ex-president will be found not guilty in a pre-determined outcome. The entire sham was designed to continue to inflame one side of the political aisle while also con…

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Those who don’t watch Tucker Carlson’s commentary on a nightly basis on Fox News —  or those who only watch his competition — are missing out. Oh, we know, half of the country can hear the words “Fox News” and refuse to tune in. That is the world in which we live now, in a nation divided lik…

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The story has become so familiar. People post part of a cellphone video, with no context and no perspective, then jump to a conclusion that becomes gospel to the social-media congregation.

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On Page 5 today, we feature three letters to the editor. We love getting letters to the editor, no matter if you are commenting on garbage pickup, the mayor’s race or calling us to task. The first letter is the latter, calling us out for foul language in columns. We put the letter first beca…

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Student-athletes through the Free State and surrounding areas signed their names to scholarship papers on Wednesday to pursue both athletic and academic excellence. Congratulations to each of those signees.

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We are encouraged to hear that there hasn’t been much backlash from people who are worried about the possibility of the medical marijuana industry setting up shop in Jones County.

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Illegal heavy drugs have no place in Jones County. That is something every right-thinking resident can agree on. Drugs affect not only the users with the scourge of addiction, but also the residents who are hurt as a consequence of the thirst for drugs.

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Nearly a decade has passed since The ReView of Jones County, now the Leader-Call, took a stand by reporting on a same-sex marriage long before anyone believed same-sex marriages would one day become legal. The decision-makers at the ReView knew the consequences — and anticipated the backlash…

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For the past six years, Laurel has played host to a Mardi Gras parade. After it was revealed in this newspaper that the parade was run by crook George Kilgore, who is still serving time in prison for horrific neglect of his wife and child, the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police t…

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In 2009, a grassroots movement known as The TEA Party drove the first dagger into the heart of the Establishment. Regular, ordinary folks who saw the writing on the wall for higher taxes and massive spending rose in unison to chant “Taxed Enough Already.” The TEA Party led to massive changes…

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The 217 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted in favor of a second impeachment of Donald Trump are complicit in turning the equivalent of the political death penalty into nothing more than an indictment. Law scholars will tell you that a decent prosecutor could get a ham san…

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This year’s celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be different, and not just because the pandemic is limiting or eliminating gatherings. In the racially charged culture of today and the opportunists stoking the embers, the voices of division will drown any that call for true unity.…

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Without much fanfare and with little objection, the Mississippi Legislature and then Gov. Tate Reeves finalized the changing of the State of Mississippi flag. The official change came after an overwhelming majority of voters chose to make the change.

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On Monday, congressional Democrats are expected to introduce a second wave of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. One year ago, they impeached the man for a phone call to a foreign leader, a phone call that has proved to be far from an impeachable offense. The House voted…

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For the months following the contentious presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden preached to the American people that this has to be a time to come together and to heal. He wanted a different Washington, D.C., where there is no blue America and red America — more plagiarism since he stole …

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We received a heartfelt note attached to a subscription renewal recently. The note came from the Tillerys — longtime readers of this newspaper and pillars of the community. Attached to their own renewal was a pledge for a year’s Leader-Call subscription for “someone less fortunate.” Bravo!

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All political eyes will be on Georgia today (Tuesday) as a pair of Senate runoff elections will decide the balance of power at the highest levels for at least the next two years.

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Ringing in this New Year will be different than any year in our memory. There won’t be much revelry or large gatherings. There won’t be many champagne corks popping the dawn of a fresh start. Such is life at the close of 2020.

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The Capital of Country Music was rocked by an apparent “lone wolf” terrorist on Christmas morning. Since then, news reports have surfaced with a few facts and a lot of speculation. That’s the m.o. these days. There’s time to fill on all these networks, so pundits with enough letters beside t…

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Two or three times most years, we don’t print a newspaper on our regular schedule. We always give readers plenty of notice … and yet we’re always inundated with phone inquiries about why subscribers didn’t receive a paper. It’s flattering that our dedicated readers want their paper. 

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In San Francisco, the radical Left wing is renaming schools across the city. The latest on the chopping block is Abraham Lincoln — the man who freed the slaves. The reason for his name’s removal from the school? He did not cherish Black lives enough. Yes, you read that correctly — the man wh…

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Several weeks ago, Leader-Call Publisher Jim Cegielski opined on the possibility of fracturing  the current United States of America. Others — not many — have also opined on this subject, examining whether the nation as it is now is beyond reconciliation. Is it humanly possible to be split s…

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Many of us, albeit scaled back, will be celebrating the Christmas and New Year’s holidays over the next two weeks. It has been a trying year filled with tumult, forever marked by the Chinese-born COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our friends and neighbors are without jobs or struggling to get the n…

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With 10 shopping days left until Christmas, let’s send a message. Let’s pass on the cheaply made — likely in sweat shops — Chinese crap at Walmart, take that money and do something good with it.

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When the history books are written centuries from now — if history and books are still permitted — the early 21st century rise of 24-hour, corporate-owned media will be considered one of the greatest abominations in American history. It will go hand-in-hand with the death of newspapers. Acco…

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The Ellisville Police Department is about halfway to getting its officers outfitted with body cameras. Now it is time to get them across the finish line.

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Jones County businesses and officials have been great in showing their support of the West Jones Mustangs. Wow, did they step up to support West Jones High School in its quest for a state championship. The Mustangs eclipsed that mountain, something that has been painfully elusive for one of …