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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, 

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Thumbs up and many thanks to the (South Central Regional) Medical Center for SAVING my life with all the doctors, nurses, therapists, kitchen and the entire staff of ICU. We are so lucky to have this in Laurel, MS.

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During the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., Mr. Bo Asmar, property owner of unkempt, uncleaned property located in the vicinity of 8th, 9th Ave., disputed with the councilperson of Ward 2 and all city council members that this particular area was not un…

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Many people are wondering, will we ever see an end, not only to this COVID-19 virus, but an end to ALL sickness one day? What the Bible says is very comforting and may surprise you.

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Hard ball or Nerf ball? What game is the Republican Leadership of this country playing? Where is the sense of Law and Order gone? Do we have to follow any rules or can we just do as we wish?

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It is common to voice criticism and complaints but I would like to express a very appreciative compliment to the South Central Regional Medical Emergency department. 

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Today in history, we are talking about Election Fraud. For years, since my election and the vote of a dead man against me, which was proven in a Court of law, I have watched and questioned our voting machines, Poll Books and the people working behind those machines and poll books. 

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For a long time, it has been posed to Americans that plastics and other thrown away products are harming our wildlife and polluting our oceans. It was all I heard for a long period. Authorities kept asking Americans to care about our oceans and streams and wildlife.

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PBS on Thursday night, Oct. 15, aired Amanpour & Company with Michel Martin interviewing Evangelical Pastor Joel C. Hunter, who, in 2016, supported Donald Trump. Pastor Hunter, who helped form a group called “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden,” articulated what changed his mind.

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This nation is so close to falling all apart. If the Democrats win the President race and both Houses, it’s over. They will outlaw the gun, “The Second Amendment.” Doctors, lawyers, teachers, preachers and any sheriff worth his salt will have to stand our ground and say “Hell no.” 

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As I sit in this solemn place, I’ve become even more concerned  by the incendiary views and code words of the publisher of “The Laurel Leader -Call.” The published words seemingly come from a bitter man, as evident from his Oct. 10, 2020 Opinion Column.  

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We have a chance to start a new era for the state of Mississippi, one with unification and inclusion for our residents and economic growth across our communities. Mississippians will have an opportunity to vote to approve a proposed state flag in November, and the state’s largest banks fully…

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For years they have been asking on TV for donations to help small “Black” kids. These kids are in urgent need of medical attention and food. Some have starved for food until they are about beyond help.

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(In response to Harvey Warren’s letter to the editor of Oct. 6) Why would Mr. Warren call the Mayor for assistance and not 911?

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The Supreme Court of Mississippi recently ruled in favor of Secretary of State Michael Watson and Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s appeal to not allow MAIL-IN VOTING for people with pre-existing medical conditions that are most susceptible to COVID-19. It is absurd that these “born-again Christ…

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Often the writer thinks of Luke 10: 30-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan in context of MLK’s April 3, 1968 speech at Memphis, when Dr. King posed the rhetorical question, framing the fallen man among thieves parallel to the plight of the 1,300 Black sanitation workers: “If I stop to help…

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America’s youngest voters need the wisdom of America’s oldest voters, to warn them of the perils of socialism and to warn them once socialism if chosen, America will never be salvaged.

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Focus on a white flower in a sea of blue is supposed to represent the State of Mississippi with the words, “In God We Trust.”  But this abstract, symbolic representation is subject to the concept of whether a glass is half empty or half full.  Confusion cannot be avoided, and this flag propo…

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In August, I had an outline to write to you about items that should be of grave concern to you, Christians, and all American citizens. Then, you published letters from Terry Tullos, Otto Wansley, and B.J. Anderson on Aug. 15, 2020. They followed my outline but I can not match their perfect s…

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Looking at the present social unrest and tumult pervading the United States from east to west and north to south, reflections on the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to “right the wrongs” of Jim Crowism, segregation, legally sanctioned discrimination stemming from the “peculiar institution” of ch…

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I’m from a small town in the Northern Ozarks. I grew up knowing, respecting, helping, comforting my neighbors, and everyone was a neighbor because everyone knew you, your brothers and sisters, your folks, your folks’ folks and all your uncles, aunts and the dozens of cousins. So, I know quit…