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I was really embarrassed when I read about the “Mother of the Year” assaulting the young lady umpire from Ellisville following a youth softball game. I have played in hundreds of baseball and softball games and never once saw or heard of one of the umpires being assaulted.

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I didn’t for the longest time understand why there was such an uproar from teachers over Florida’s “Parental Rights In Education” bill, but as I’ve seen a flurry of articles about teachers molesting kids, it all started to make sense: These people are groomers. 

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I am writing to you to commend one of you staff members, Mr. Bradshaw. During a recent visit to Ellisville to locate my father’s grave, Mr. Bradshaw went above and beyond to assist me to find the location. Having only just learned of my father’s identity, my sister and I planned a trip to El…

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My concerns for all young children in this society are numerous. To expound on just a few; Whether these children will become a victim of gun violence; be or become abused at home or their community; victims and unaware of disguised bigotry and hate; see and hear vile, uncompassionate dark a…

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Well folks our illustrious State Legislature is stymied again. Where in the world can such a prosperous state as Mississippi put two billion dollars of ARPA money to good use? 

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Do you have valid concerns about Ketanji Brown Jackson’s sentencing of pedophiles? Do you think someone who cant define what a “woman” is shouldn’t be on the nation’s highest court? Well I’ve got bad news for you: You’re a racist now. Don’t shoot the messenger, that’s just how it is in our b…

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Undoubtedly the Ukrainian people didn’t have an amendment like our Second Amendment. It’s almost unbelievable that people in a dangerous region like that don’t have a way to defend themselves. It take time to hand out weapons one at a time to civilians. Im sure a good many were killed by the…

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Why in the world would they send Kamala Harris to Europe? She already has her hands full trying to take care of our border. That big and long cackle she gave when the reporter ask her a question was really a big embarrassment to the United States of America. She thinks whats going on over th…

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The blueprint for dissent has been laid out, and in the unlikeliest of places. We all love to rib our neighbors in the Great White North for their funny accents and bagged milk, but the past week has shown they may be more ready to fight than we are. 

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I was a patient on the first floor of South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel from Jan. 1-Jan. 5, 2022. I can’t say enough about the excellent care I received. The doctor, nurses and everyone that entered my room treated me with the utmost care and concern. The hospital staff does a …

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Lately, I’ve noticed we have been honoring different heroes that are most deserving. I would like to mention and recognize another hero in the work force that has recently retired and that person is Stefanie Pridgen.

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I was separated from my family not wanting them to be alone years ago. I was sent to a foreign country for an extended period of time. I was finally returned home to find my family in need of a bread winner. The little money they got while I was gone was barely enough to live on.

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I have a few words to say about Jim’s editorial in the Oct. 16 edition (“The Cost of No More Mean Tweets”): kudos, bravo, well said, preach it Bro!!

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The situation on the “Southside” of Laurel has become extremely vandalistic and destructive when a property owner expresses a genuine interest in the City of Laurel enforcing its zoning and planning ordinances pertaining to businesses in the residential area.

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Well, I see we had our big birthday bash yesterday. Obama had to cut the size of the party down a bit. Instead of seven hundred he had to cut the size down to a couple hundred. I’m sure he picked the ones that gave big when asked, that’s what I would have done. I would want the billionaires …

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Governor Reeves must remove Dr. Dobbs as State Health Officer immediately. Dobbs’ recent temper tantrum where he labeled folks as “anti-science Nazis” and “excuse monkeys” for expressing opinions about Covid-19 that differ from his own was immature and likely racist. 

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On Saturday, March 6, 2021, the Northeast Jones Tiger Pride Band Booster Club sponsored the “2nd Annual Concert of Cars” antique car, truck, and motorcycle fundraiser at the Sawmill Square Mall northwest parking lot. The weather was picture-perfect for this outdoor event, and with almost eig…

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I’m writing to encourage you and your readers to understand and support passage of the PRO Act, which should be in front of the U. S. Senate within the next days. We all know the reality in Mississippi is that our two U. S. Senators will never vote for this measure because their party leader…

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Only in the darkness can you see the stars, said Martin Luther King Jr.

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I wanted to thank the Ward 2 constituents for allowing me to visit with them the past 7 weeks in preparation for the municipal elections. It has been an honor to meet and talk to the many interesting people and personalities like a beautiful 103 year old lady celebrating a birthday this mont…

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I wish to thank you all for your timely and inspiring articles. I learn so much from reading the Laurel Leader-Call. I am thankful for people like Mr. Jim, Mark Thornton and Sean Murphy, who stand for people’s rights.  

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How many times have you heard, “You on the outside looking in; once you get on the inside, the scene is different from what you see from the outside?” This will be the case with a number of persons running for office in Laurel, where the city is in the middle of major street, sewer, water an…

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Looking at the field of candidates in the upcoming municipal election in Laurel on April 6, 2021 — based on observing elections in Laurel since its inception of the Mayor-Council form of government with Sam Lindsey III as mayor with seven councilpersons of whom three were Blacks on July 1, 1…

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“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded,” Obama said on July 2, 2008.

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So shortly our esteemed “representatives” in Congress are going to pass HR1. The concept of “Citizenship” and free and open elections will be gone. Everything we witnessed in the 2020 Presidential debacle will be the “new normal”... illegals, felons, dead people, under age or outright made-u…

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Editor’s note: The following is a response from Sen. Chris Johnson (R-Hattiesburg) to a Letter to the Editor that called him out for failing to bring a bill up for vote in committee.

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My name is Doug Davis and I have lived in the Laurel area most of my life. I went to the Fair Grounds today for my second virus shot. Just like the first one I want to comment on the outstanding job the National Guard is doing in supervising this operation.  

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Mississippi’s lawmakers have taken the voice of crime victims away, once again. For three years, the Mississippi Senate has not allowed Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment that would ensure crime victims like me have our voices heard, to come to the ballot for a vote. Senator Chris Johns…

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We would climb trees whenever we could. If we rode our bikes far enough back in the woods we would build fires and pretend we were cowboys and our bikes were the horses. We found this one tree that became the favorite, it had a natural “V” in it low enough to the ground that made it climbabl…

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As Mayor of Laurel, I am proud to have endorsed Marsy’s Law for Mississippi back in 2019. Victims’ advocates in our city encouraged me to make a stand for victims of crime in our area. Taking care of our citizens is my number one priority and expressing my support for this amendment that wou…

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Last week, Senator Chris Johnson (R-Hattiesburg) singlehandedly blocked legislation that would have given crime victims in Mississippi constitutional rights equal to those given to the convicted and accused. As a victim of crime who has been failed time and again by Mississippi’s legal syste…

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I have learned so much about Laurel. Your newspaper has kept me informed about what’s going on in my town.

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Thank you all for the hard work you all do to gather the info and put out such an excellent paper. In traveling to other cities and seeing their local papers, I am proud to say our Leader-Call exceeds them all — in layout, news, articles and information!

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On behalf of our curators Marian Allen, Kandace Wilson Monsivais, Tracie Smith and Anthony Hudson, we take immense pleasure in inviting citizens of Laurel and surrounding areas to our second annual Black History Exhibition 2021. The exhibition will be for four days from the 25th to 28th of F…

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In comment to your Editorial of January 21st (The Swamp won in ’20), I submit that the readers ask themselves one question: Where does an American go, when there is no longer an America? Nowhere is the answer.

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I had the delightful experience yesterday of having my first shot of the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine. I fall in the oldest group, so I went online over the weekend and scheduled an appointment for 3:20 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Jones County Health Department (JCHD) on Highway 11 near Ellisville.

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The Salvation Army thanks our community for your contributions during the Red Kettle season. For nearly 130 years,