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Three Little Words — By John Reed

Three Little Words Duty. Honor. Country. Listening to the press coverage around the death of Queen Elizabeth II, those three little words—4, 5, and 6 letters—loom large as media pundits try to sum up a nearly century-long life. No one does pomp and ceremony like the British. Royal marriages and jubilees have graced our television…

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A Tradition of Dedication — By Dale Myers

A tradition of Dedication My first trip to Hazlehurst was a few days before Christmas, 1976. I checked into the Village Inn. It was the beginning of a chapter in my life that would last 14 years. I later moved to Hazlehurst with a new wife and started a family and calling this friendly community…

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Golf Course Needs Someone Who Knows How To Operate It

The city-owned Twisted Pines Golf Course is gobbling up money at an alarming rate and is at risk of being shut down. Mayor Bayne Stone is trying to keep the course open. But unless the city brings on board someone who knows how to operate a golf course, I fear it is doomed. For almost…

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Change Vs. Inevitability By John Reed

Change vs Inevitability This past weekend we enjoyed the first hint at autumn. It would be wishful thinking to call it a cold snap, but mornings below 70° and humidity below a thousand were a welcome, if all too brief, break. The turn of the seasons reminds me of the inevitabilities of life. My pears…

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Memories — By Tommy Purser

I love football and softball in the fall and the winter brings us lots of basketball and wrestling action. But spring is my busiest time of the year, as spring sports consumes a lot of my time. I don’t get to go to all the games and matches, I can’t spread myself that thin. But…

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Truth Vs. Reality — By John Reed

Truth vs Reality A recent letter here posited a hope for “truth” to be heard, regardless of media, politics, and such. A noble desire, one I share. But there’s a difference between the abstract truth of reality and our perceptions of it. Since the time of the Greeks, if not before, philosophers have struggled with…

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What Is A Filibuster? — By Tommy Purser

Fonda Ussery shared with me recently the 1960 edition of “Our American Government. What Is It? How Does It Function?” The publication was an official government document, labeled Document No. 394, of the 86th Congress. It is stamped with “Compliments of E.L Forrester, Member of Congress.” Elijah Lewis “Tic” Forrester, 1896-1970, was a U.S. Representative…

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On Tomatoes And Peppers

The last few years, I’ve been growing Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato plants in my little backyard raised garden. Started the plants from seeds each year. This year, I planted the seeds on Jan. 1 and, a month later, I have 30 or so little seedlings growing under a grow light in a shed. I check…

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There Ought To Be A Law — By Tommy Purser

For years, I used to enjoy watching Savannah television stations for news of interest to this area of the state. I still enjoying watching the broadcasts but my enjoyment is tempered by having to watch advertising spots run by Savannah area attorneys whose pleas to the public border on ambulance chasing, in my humble opinion.…

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Minority Rules — By John Reed

Minority Rules Regular readers will remember I’ve written before about our nation being founded by persecuted minorities. We may have rose-colored hindsight about the British landowners financing some of the original colonies, but the convicts, debtors, indentured servants, and slaves who followed set the tone for an intense distrust of authority. So, by the time…

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