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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…

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Our names are Steven and Lashawna Peppers, we are writing on behalf of the Overcomers Outreach Ministry. Our organization is a ministry that helps build people and communities through love and discipleship.

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Is America witnessing an unbelievable and agonizing dysfunction in history? Seemingly hate has become normal, acceptable and even electable. Agape is the only meaningful alternative to hate and bigotry.

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On the news today (8/3/2020) they showed some new designs for the state flag. They left off the most important one. It fit Mississippi much better and would be reconized worldwide.

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I’m not political but I’d like to express a concern for my country and raise a red flag regarding the upcoming Presidential election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to be the Democratic candidates opposing President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. 

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Every person who has ever lived has a responsibility as to how they live their life, no matter what color their skin. So to make one’s life matter he (or she) must live their life in such a way as to make it matter.

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I saw in (Saturday’s) paper where the city is looking to out source garbage collection. The last place we lived had Republic and it cost a LOT less than $19/mo. Also if you participated in recycling you got a discount. They picked up recycle twice a month. I might add the city had multiple c…

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When life begins in plants, animals and humans there is a basic reality called “need.” This is the position we always be in. No matter of color or contored to survive as normal human race we need each other. Fairness, compassion, dignity, honor and love of life we reproduce as God’s creation.

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How can I get a message thru to the mainstream media? I want to complain about their bias and hiding their heads in the sand on the rioting going on in these cities and states run by Dems. How can anyone get them to report the truth and nothing but the truth? Is China and Soros paying them s…

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I get out of the house sometimes and just ride the roads in my old truck. I was riding around the block the other day and a man in a wheelchair beside the road waved me down. I stopped a little past him off the road and walked back to him and asked, What’s going on? 

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I am Robert Barnes a life long resident of Jones county. I am contacting you about the water fountains on the courthouse lawn in Ellisville. I would like to offer a suggestion for the water fountains, personally I have never drank from either one of and I have lived here 58 years. 

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Let me start by saying that we had the most beautiful flag in the nation. Most all of the legislators who spoke out against the flag are interested in personal gain, the Lt. Governor wants to be governor, the speaker wants to be Lt. Governor and the state legislators all want to be U.S. senators. 

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Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann says that voters will still have a say on new flag design put forth by the nine-member commission will be on a ballot in November — If a new flag design is important enough to be put on the November ballot to be voted on by all the citizens of Mississippi … Why not …

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I want to thank Mr. J. Ronald Parrish for speaking up for our state flag (guest column on Al, Tuesday, June 30 edition). He spoke for it the best I ever heard. I agree with every word he said. He is a great man. God bless him.

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I would like to thank our great senator Chris McDaniel for once again doing what his constituents put him in office to do- stand for the rights of all the people. I’m also very thankful for the other senators who represented us so well, though sadly they were in the minority. 

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Contrary to popular opinion, the Civil War was not a holy war. Pastors, inform your congregations that the fall of the confederacy was absolutely God’s will. Heritage hoarding Christians, do not idolize confederate memorabilia and ideologies which are not founded on the word of God. 

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These times are profoundly difficult and trying. There is more division among Americans than I have ever seen in my lifetime. This is disturbing to me but more so for my children and grandchildren and their descendants. Where is our country headed? What we have seen in America in the last fe…

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The state flag being removed in the city of Laurel is a disgraced to our state and all veterans in ever war fought. The people of Mississippi voted in 2001 for the flag, and removing it is a disgraced. 

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It”s a damn good time to be writing and sanging the blues. Seems like every day they ain’t no good news. Joe Diffiee and John Prine were both friends of mine. But like “Ole Hank” they will be with us forever. Then we’ll all see each other “Down by the river side when we gather.”