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We began the May 28, 2020, editorial about the death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer this way:

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When Danny Rasberry approached the Leader-Call to join forces for a weekend of entertainment the likes of which the City of Laurel had ever hosted, we jumped on immediately.

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What do Brock Pierce, Kanye West and Roque De La Fuenta have in common? All appeared on the 2020 presidential ballot. At least six others did, too. None of them had a chance. Most of them had less than no chance. We are not psychologists and won’t delve into what drives people to believe in …

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How many times have you seen this on social media: Someone sees the following: “Girl reported missing in Batesville” She does her civic duty — at least she thinks — and just shares the original post, then moves on. But look at that post closely, and many times, it will be from months or year…

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Residents of Laurel interested in the future of their city have an obligation to tune in on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. for a mayoral debate on SuperTalk Laurel. The debate also will be available via Facebook Live on the Leader-Call’s Facebook page.

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Like most aspects of American society, the United States flag will draw out the passions of the people. Many see that symbol of a land of freedom and opportunity with men and women who have bravely sacrificed for its survival. They see the flag with reverence. They scowl when someone burns i…

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A well-known Laurel police officer who, if you have gotten a ticket for not wearing a seat belt you likely know, described the scene of a horrific accident he witnessed. It came at a curve when a mother and her children — unrestrained — were late for school. The car flipped. The mother was e…

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Laurel City Councilman George Carmichael summed up his feelings about the upcoming election juxtaposed against record-shattering sales tax rebate numbers this way: “And some people are wanting to make changes.”

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Gov. Reeves, we demand you call an emergency session of the state Legislature to remedy an egregious error in the state law that could have devastating consequences on the people’s ability to have ballot initiatives.

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Inflation is ravaging the American economy. The Southern border might as well have a huge neon VACANCY sign shining over it. The Middle East is in crisis. Gas prices are spiking with seemingly no one in charge of fixing it.

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In 2020, when a new virus known as COVID-19 first started to show itself, President Trump did an interview with Bob Woodward for yet another book on all that was negative about Trump. 

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Have you ever watched a press conference after a star professional athlete signs a humongous contract? Tom Smith is sitting with his agent, acting humble, knowing that he will make $30 million per year. He thanks his parents and God, then, inevitably, will answer a question with: “It wasn’t …

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The incredible success of the HGTV show “Home Town” has transformed our community. Laurel hit the lottery when the world got to see what was happening here. Ben and Erin Napier are the faces of the show and the movement, but they’d be the first to credit others who came before them and inves…

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Surely you have heard the detractors of this newspaper call us names. They’ll say: “Laurel Leader-Liar,” claiming that we make up our stories and print whatever we want whenever we want to print it. It is a defense from an entity that has no defense. If all else fails, just call the oppositi…

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In the fourth installment of the Leader-Call’s series on the most recent graduating class of drug court — which will be published Tuesday — Nicole McKee will be featured. She went from years of abuse through addiction and has come out on the other side. She now drives an ambulance, having tr…

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Living in the Free State of Jones, folks around here aren’t used to getting lectured to. Going back generations, before the War Between the States, the people of what is Jones County followed the tune of their own drummer. We never have cared much for an overreaching government in any form.

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It seems such a short time ago that we watched Ben and Erin Napier and a big swath of the Laurel community looking as nervous as a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs waiting for the pilot episode of a new show called “Home Town.” 

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If not for the politically charged climate we’re in right now, the Ohio officer who shot and killed a teenager a fraction of a second before she stabbed another teen would be hailed as a hero, and rightfully so. 

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The conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd was a just verdict. No one who saw the video of the officer’s knee on the neck of the handcuffed suspect for nine-plus minutes could disagree. 

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By the time today’s edition is sent to the printer, closing arguments will have been made and, possibly, a verdict reached in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He is accused of killing George Floyd last summer by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

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At the 2019 Mississippi Press Association editorial awards presentation, the Leader-Call won first, second and third place in headline writing. The presenter commented, “That must be quite a headline-writing competition.” 

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Over the years, we have enjoyed a good working relationship with Jones County District Attorney Tony Buckley and his staff. There have been a couple of bumps along the road — no reason to rehash specifics here — but we maintained a professional relationship through the rough patches. 

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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…