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COVID-19 Numbers Still Rising — By Tommy Purser

Taking a look at the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Health, there seems to be a slight slowing in our area in the rate of increase of COVID-19 cases. The number of cases continues to grow but not as rapidly as the previous week. Gov. Brian Kemp takes that slowing as proof he…

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Redefining Heroes — By John Reed

Redefining Heroes By the time of Jimmy Carter’s failed attempt to rescue the Iran hostages in April of 1980, respect for the American military had fallen to historic low, both abroad and at home. Many veterans from the Vietnam conflict came home to be vilified and spat upon. But with the election of Ronald Reagan…

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Glynn Police, DA’s Office Problems Continue — By Tommy Purser

The initial bungling of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting in Brunswick brought to my mind another disturbing case involving the Glynn County Police Department and the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office. That case was almost 10 years ago — June 18, 2010 — when two police officers opened fire on an unarmed woman whose car was hemmed…

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Stupid. Unnecessary — By John Reed

Stupid. Unnecessary. Recently I mentioned my disgust that there’s so much more coverage of the deaths of so-called famous people. I guess it’s the way papers and broadcast media sell advertisements. So now we’re hearing about another white-on-black homicide. To be clear: this was a stupid, unnecessary tragedy, and it’s taken far too long for…

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Honey-Dos

This “shelter in place” business doesn’t appeal all that much to me. I can’t sit around doing nothing. I’ve tried. Can’t do it. So, for a while, I spent a lot of my shelter-in-place time in my little woodworking shop. But after slicing my right index finger plumb near in two on a table saw…

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Let The Sun Shine In — By John Reed

Let The Sun Shine In Regular readers will recall the distaste I’ve expressed for what some call “contemporary” church services. Three or four people yodeling non-Scriptural platitudes into microphones while video projectors display nature scenes just doesn’t do it for me. One of the few silver linings of our new reality is what I’ll call…

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Fleeting Fame — By John Reed

Fleeting Fame Another week of sheltering in place. Another week of the media breathlessly proclaiming doom and gloom. And then calling out some famous person who has succumbed to the virus. Apparently famous people are the only victims who deserve mention. If you can catch a ball or sell a record, then you matter. We’re…

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Proud Of Our Hospital — By Tommy Purser

You can call it a bad luck moment or a moment of monumental stupidity. I prefer the latter call. It was stupid. In my old age I have so come to enjoy woodworking. I’m not good at it, you understand, but I’m improving with every project, learning with every project, absorbing years of experience from…

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Not So Distant Neighbors — By John Reed

Not So Distant Neighbors As the “social distancing” mandates drag on, we’re finding the American mindset really doesn’t adapt well to being told what to do. Protest movements are growing, pushing back against efforts by the local, state, and federal governments to keep people at home. This is especially true in big cities, where the…

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