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I am in the midst of very upsetting days, along with people everywhere enduring the lengthiness of the Coronavirus -19 epidemic. I have never, in my lifetime, experienced such strangeness. 

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Good evening. I have sat back and let this paper destroy my family in more ways than one and I will not sit quietly and continue to watch you allow death threats to me and my family through your Facebook posts!!! It has to STOP!!! 

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The most profound and drastic division exist in our country today. We are a spoiled, unthankful people who were fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator.  We should all desire the best for our nation and future generations. 

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 I was very impressed with how Jim Cegielski described the mainstream media. But the masses of people believe these “voices of authority.” I don’t know how this can change. Even the so-called intelligent types believe only what they want to believe. Despite this I will keep on a calm course …

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In his column on the Coronavirus, Jim Cegielski passed up an opportunity to speak sensibly to this, the most terrifying issue of our lifetimes, and instead chose to viciously attack those he considers his political enemies. He falsely claimed that Democrats promoted the relief fund to establ…

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Like most reasonable people during these unusual times, I can only surmise what the uncertain future holds for this society. Not just because of the coronavirus, but just as important, is man’s disregard and insensitivity to and for man. Viruses and other natural disasters come and go, but h…

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Jim Cegielski’s column of Saturday, April 19, along with a few additional points of interest, has set my thinking process in motion. 

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Back in the days before Facebook and other social media platforms took hold of our daily living, where everybody now knows everybody else’s business and what they had for breakfast, we had other ways to use the Internet to hook up with friends and family. Be it on the subject of sport, music…

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I pen this letter with a sense of disappointment for the endless tunnel of no shame in the body of politics from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Having personally known three children between the ages of three and seven who died; one, from a massive heart attack, the other from interstitial fibrosis …

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On Feb. 14, 2020 our family experienced the greatest loss any family could with the loss of Zachary Holloway, my son. I want to thank each and everyone who came to support us as we dealt with his loss. 

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Mississippi has two very different choices in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election. 

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I attended the “Welcome to Laurel Luncheon” at the YWCO. I enjoyed it immensely! There were many participants that attended. Malorie Rasberry was the spokesperson for the event. We were thrilled to partake of soups and Waldorf salad and drinks before enjoying the talk.

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Mitt and Nancy have the same thing in common. They both are what you do not want to step in when walking in grass … and it isn’t fire ants.

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I very much enjoyed reading the article by Cleveland Payne regarding the Laurel Black Cats and my old friend A.W. Watson, now deceased. I had the pleasure of sponsoring the Black Cats for a few years while A.W. was the owner and manager. I can remember some great Sunday afternoons watching t…

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I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools, and I am writing a report on the state of Mississippi. We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can about our state. If any of your readers would like to help me by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts, pro…

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UPS ran over my dog Sophie of 7 years, in my front yard, while I stood 15 foot away. Since yesterday, I’ve been able to speak with over 100 UPS workers, who’ve said driver was at fault. 

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Day in and day out, I work as a victims’ advocate at The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention in Laurel. I see what victims of crime face on a day-to-day basis. I am proud of the work of advocates for victims, prosecutors, and law enforcement, but we can do more. Passing Marsy’s Law would b…

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It is high time that our criminal justice process recognizes the rights of victims as they do the rights of the accused. Today, many of us are left feeling like we are secondary, and that has to change. 

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Once in a while there is a TV program asking for support for our wounded veterans, with pictures, of our wounded military men and women.

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The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink & be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and embrace a plant-based diet!

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I totally disagree with the Thumbs Down comment from Saturday, December 21, 2019, saying “To the radical wing of the Democratic party.  These people are sick.” What an awful comment. Yes, I know, I know, all you at the Leader-Call are Republicans who support our President Trump. Well, I don’…

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The 1968 Olympic Games, I was 16 yrs old, “Back then I was athletic.” I’m surprised every day some one has not come up to me and hugged my neck and say, “Handel, I remember when you was athletic.” 

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Editor’s note: The mother of shooting victim Katherine Sinclair wrote this in response to a letter by ex-City Attorney David Ratcliff: 

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(Ratcliff’s) words are carefully crafted due to his being a lawyer. I find it interesting that he writes about facts from a trial in which he was not present. As he knows, he cannot fully know the facts as he wasn’t there. His feelings are his feelings. Only a narcissist would feel the need …

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I’m disappointed in Jim’s Op-Ed on Saturday, Oct 26. Before SPECULATING about corruption, talk to the parties involved (in this case, Mayor Magee and Joey Davis). If your questions are not answered at all or the answers are questionable, THEN perhaps the door is opened for speculation. Howev…

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Mr. Jim, I would of died a few years back if not for your wife. I had food poisoning. They treated me in the E.R. the day before at SCRMC for the “flu” and sent me home and to take Pepto Bismal. It had been going on a few days. The next day I passed out on the bath room floor. My wife picked…

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This is an open letter to the person(s) vandalizing mailboxes and personal property on Old Bay Springs Road. In the past you have knocked over my mailbox (a federal offense) twice and knocked down my American flag three times. All of this has been done at night since you are obviously a cowa…

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Reminiscing to my childhood days in the summertime, I recall a noteworthy family outing of gathering blackberries. Each one of us had our personal pail to work with. We tromped into the woods ready to forage plenty of blackberries. I am certain the forage would result in delicious dishes suc…

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Social Media brings out the good, the bad, and the ugly in everyone that partakes in its enterprise. It gives your everyday “joe” a platform (which can be dangerous). 

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Black males in Laurel — who know nothing about “real work, self-reliance, self-made men” — are using “Mamas” as springboards to catapult themselves into leadership positions in the Black community, where critical thinking and very careful examination of real public needs, served by governmen…

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As I sit here , thinking about some things over the last few months, I can say this has been the worst I have ever seen with name-calling, accusations and mud-slinging. 

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An immensely important transformation is sweeping the United States, and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and Laurel P.D. are spearheading the effort in our state. I’m referring to the formation of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) that consist of collaboration between mental health profe…

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My wife and I moved Laurel around the 1st of July but I have been here since the mid June. I pick up one of your papers every now and then and I have read a lot about the sheriff. I don’t know the whole story but I once lived in a community where the local newspaper spent a lot of time vilif…

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I am writing this letter to ask if you might consider writing more good news? With all the horrible things that happen in todays society, it’s nice to see or hear of things or people who give back to the community. For instance, when Katrina devastated the coast I saw many people pull togeth…

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I will be glad when this election is over! People are hateful, inconsiderate, ungrateful, mischievous, wicked, hurtful, degrading, and just plain ole mean! Friends that you thought were friends show how they feel about you during times like this. I hate to lose friends over an election but i…

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With the 2019 election fast approaching and with total absence of malice, I find myself compelled to express my outlook on at least a small portion of the upcoming event.

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Ah, how interesting! I am perusing “Cooking With Robert St. John” on A2 of the Laurel Leader-Call. Upon reading, I am recognizing similarities of my reminiscences of my Mississippi childhood to Robert St. John’s. It does make complete sense because I am at the same age as he is, too.

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Jones county are you listening??? Does anyone really believe that it is okay for the current Sheriff to open a garbage pick up while playing sheriff? 

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There will be many people in church this Sunday who are members of there church. Some have positions in the church. What I’m about to say now may hurt and may not, depends on what shape your soul is in. “If a person votes for a Democrat for a national office you are supporting abortion. By b…

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On 14th Avenue, we in the neighborhood have been complaining about loud music and parking in the yard on the grass and trash in the yards and on top of the houses and un-mowed yards and having loud parties and speeding up and down the road for years.