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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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Time Puts Things In Perspective

My youngest grandson came home from school Tuesday and mentioned to his grandmother, better known as “Gooma,” that he had heard a story in school about Martin King. “Do you mean, Martin Luther King?” the good wife asked of the 7-year-old. “Yeah, that’s him.” The main point he remembered about the story was the fact…

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Omicron — By Tommy Purser

Okay, folks. Let’s talk about omicron. Is it OH-muh-kraan, AH-muh-krann, OH-my-Kraan, or o-MIKE-Ron. According to Merriam Webster, Omicron is pronounced “OH-muh-kraan” or “AH-muh-kraan.” In British English, it is “OH-my-kraan.” The New Oxford English Dictionary offers a different pronunciation: o-MIKE-Ron. The word made it onto this year’s list of most mispronounced words, as compiled by the…

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Hope — By Tommy Purser

What to hope for in the coming year? The world getting a grip on the spread of COVID. People wearing masks which are not to protect them but to protect those they come in contact with. It occurs to me that people who refuse to wear a mask don’t really care about other people —-…

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A New Year — By John Reed

A New Year After a truly challenging year, resolutions for 2022 will include efforts to return to normalcy. But looking backward to past lifestyles doesn’t take into consideration lessons learned over recent times. So, here are some suggestions for a return to sanity: 1. Take political philosophies of both sides out of medical decisions. It’s…

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