opinions

You Can’t Accomplish Things Alone — By Tommy Purser

Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. He writes occasional columns and I happen to be one of the people on his list of where to send columns for consideration. I generally like Mr. Hamilton’s…

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Look To The Stars — By John Reed

Look To The Stars This past week, our earthbound eyes were treated to a heavenly sight. Venus and Jupiter were visible in the western sky after sunset, drawing ever closer together. By Sunday they were barely a finger’s width apart in the early evening twilight. No amount of pulpit pounding or bible thumping can be…

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God Plants A Garden — By Tommy Purser

Local attorney Lamar “Buck” Elder has written a book: “God Plants A Garden.” I sat down one evening not long ago and enjoyed reading it. It’s a short read that captures your attention early and holds it firmly. Buck, as those of us who know him are well aware, has a solid sense of humor…

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Trial By Jury — By John Reed

Trial By Jury Monday morning, I became a “peer.” Answering the mandatory invitation, I showed up at the courthouse for jury duty. Close to a hundred others came as well, by car, by pickup truck, even one by skateboard. White, black, Latino, male, female. We were a mixed bag, drawn from all levels of local…

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Our Traffic Problems Will Return To Normal — By Tommy Purser

Our City and County leadership, for decades, worked to try to come up with a solution to the problems that arose from time to time with the railroad that bisects our community. There have been times when the city is cut in half for long periods. It was always our leadership’s fear that, one day,…

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What Have You Got To Lose? — By John Reed

What Have You Got To Lose? During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump was famously quoted while among mainly Black voters, “What have you got to lose?” As it turned out, minorities of all stripes lost nothing, and gained quite a bit. Job numbers are at historic highs across the board. His criminal justice reforms…

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People Just Don’t Care

Only 23.52% of the registered voters in the City of Hazlehurst bothered to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election. People…. just…. don’t…. care. In my eight years as a member of the City Council, I found myself helpless in trying to bring order and responsibility into a government that was growing increasing chaotic and out…

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Old Games Vs. New — By John Reed

Old Games VS New Let’s talk about times BE: Before Electronics. Before phones, computer games, television, or even radio, people had to find more active ways to entertain themselves. Board games, card games, even certain sports filled the spaces we now occupy watching pixels on a screen. Bridge is one example. For this generation, think…

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Artificial Turf For High Schools

I knew well before Friday night’s football game in Lyons that Toombs County’s football stadium, “The Pit,” had been converted to artifical turf. I did not, however, realize the extent of the other improvements in the stadium. It has been transformed into a wonderful high school football venue without sacrificing the atmosphere The Pit has…

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