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Squirrel War II — By Tommy Purser

Squirrel War II is underway. Regular readers of this column may recall that, about a year ago, I wrote a column about the fact that our backyard squirrels’ nest-building activities relied on stuffing from the good wife’s outdoor furnishing cushions. They’d sneak onto the back porch, rip open a seat cushion, remove great quantities of…

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Where Was The Leadership? — By Tommy Purser

“We were elected to do what the people want.” That was what a county commissioner told me many years ago. It appears he slept through his American government class in high school. Our government is not a democracy, it is a republic. In a democracy, a majority of the people make all the decisions. In…

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As For Me And My House — By John Reed

As For Me And My House This wonderful scripture in Joshua chapter 24 comes in the middle of a longer passage about choices. Well worth a read, even in modern editions…the King James Version, translation errors aside, is still my preference. I thought of this phrase after getting into a flame war online. I’m embarrassed…

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Please participate in our comprehensive plan — By Tommy Purser

There were 35-40 people gathered at the Hazlehurst Civic Center Tuesday to talk about our community and brainstorm about the future for us and our neighbors. Under the guidance of a wonderfully efficient facilitator, we put our thinking caps on to consider the positives associated with Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County, and the negatives as…

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For Me And My House — By John Reed

As For Me And My House This wonderful scripture in Joshua chapter 24 comes in the middle of a longer passage about choices. Well worth a read, even in modern editions…the King James Version, translation errors aside, is still my preference. I thought of this phrase after getting into a flame war online. I’m embarrassed…

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Our Winter’s Discontent — By John Reed

Our Winter’s Discontent The thin green rime on my windshield is yet another reminder that Spring is nearly here. Soon my sinus cavities will confirm the avalanche of pollen that’s on the way. I think most folks will agree this has been one of the toughest winters in decades, and I don’t mean the weather.…

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Time To Catch Up With The Rest Of The World — By Tommy Purser

When I came to Hazlehurst in 1973, I was surprised to find the county had no county-wide building code, no code enforcer, no land use plans, no zoning, etc. When I suggested such things would be a good, progressive idea, I was met with skepticism. For many years I advocated for the county to adopt…

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What’s So Bad About Expanding GOP Base? — By Tommy Purser

No sooner did the Georgia Legislature enter the 2021 session than Republican lawmakers began working on legislation to address “election integrity” — which is code for “let’s look at ways to limit who gets to vote.” Republican State Sen. Blake Tillery says he expects at least a dozen more “election” bills to be introduced after…

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We’ll Be OK — By John Reed

We’ll Be OK Regular readers know I’m an optimist. Even as current events seek to turn our eyes downward, I remain convinced things will be ok in the long term. I believe the virus-related efforts at cleanliness and antiseptic procedures will help with other infectious diseases too. Maybe the flu and the common cold will…

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2020: A Tragic Year — By Tommy Purser

The year 2020 will be looked back on for decades to come as perhaps the worst year in the history of the country …. and in Jeff Davis County. The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way we lived our lives as it raged and spread with millions of Americans facilitating the spread, as they viewed…

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