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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.

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Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, states in his campaign for governor TV ads that the Democrats want to allow abortions up until birth. This is completely ludicrous, yet he banks on the people of Mississippi being extremely ill-informed and willing to accept anything coming out of his mouth. We are …

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a Letter to the Editor published in this newspaper.  It said I was doing a state report on Mississippi and asked you to send me some information.  Your response was overwhelming!  I have tried my best to send a personal thank you to everyone, but if you sent some…

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I been called to jury duty four times and four times I went. It ain’t fun!

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Some very disrespectful individual(s) stole flowers from my parents graves at Memorial Gardens for the third time. 

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What kind of law enforcement do we have in Jones County? When murderers, rapist, DUI resulting in the death of a deputy are treated with more respect at the county jail than Col. Senne and his wife over a misdemeanor charge of mistreating dogs and cats, that was not willfull intent on there part.

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This Earth Day (Monday) let’s all work to “protect our species” (the Earth Day Network’s theme for this year’s event) by eating vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. That’s the best way to prevent mass wildlife extinction and spare cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals from pain and s…

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Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our State Fair, and I have chosen your state! Now I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Mississippi as I work on my report.

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Agriculture, in Mississippi, is a $7.6 billion per year industry. About 36,200 farms dot the state, covering 10.7 million acres. The average farm is 286 acres. That’s a lot of land to take care of — and power.

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A giant step toward connecting Jones County to population centers west of us is now a possibility with the strong support of Congressman Steven Palazzo as he co-sponsors a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would designate I-14 along the route of Highway 84.

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No child should have to go without food. We see all the ads for hungry children, our heart hurts and we pull out our pocket books.

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Black History Month is celebrated this month, which is the shortest month of the year. Noted historian Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926 and is now observed since 1976 as Black History Month.

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The Cannabis Freedom Fund has struck a blow for Cannabis Freedom in Mississippi, with “The Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act!” The Fund efforts will bring real Cannabis opportunities never experienced before in Mississippi increasing Agriculture, Manufacturing, Banking, Medical, Research &…

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Occasionally, at my somewhat advanced age, I have occasion to think back on almost fifty years of my obsession with riding and racing off-road motorcycles and the many varied personalities with whom I have been associated as a result of that hobby. As one can likely envision, there have been…