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Patience — By Tommy Purser

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915) was a man widely known for his many publications including one of his most remarkable, “Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great.” He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May…

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Man Vs. Machine — By John Reed

Man Vs. Machine Regular readers will know I’m an optimist. I believe science and technological progress are the solutions to many of our challenges we face today. Given the right environment to flourish, research and development translates into answers. A good example is the extremely rapid invention of vaccines by multiple companies in response to…

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1996 — A United America — By Tommy Purser

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics set to open this week after a year of COVID delay, my mind has been wandering back to 25 years ago — July 13, 1996. If I had to come up with the top 10 experiences I’ve had in my 73 years, carrying the Olympic Torch during the prelude to…

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Perhaps You Didn’t Know — By A.D. Finley

[EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the most read columns in the history of the Jeff Davis Ledger was Perhaps: You Didn’t Know, written by the late A.D. “Arley” Finley. Over the years we’ve received requests to re-run his series of columns. The following column appeared in the Nov. 18, 1971, issue of The Jeff Davis County…

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The Challenge Of School — By John Reed

The challenge of school Most thoughtful people would agree that the purpose of any nation’s schools is to prepare its young people to be productive members of their society. Of THAT nation’s society. Thus, while Japanese students may learn Chinese as a second language, they are not being prepared to become members of Chinese society.…

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Heirlooms

During my pre-teen years, my father taught me to hunt in the palmetto bush laden woods of north Florida. Our primary prey were the abundant grey squirrels that inhabited large acreages of woodlands where my father’s employer, Hudson Pulp and Paper, grew pine trees for use in the company’s paper manufacturing process. My father hunted…

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Memories

I received a much appreciated honor at the annual Legends Gala by being inducted into the Jeff Davis High School Football Hall of Fame. Not as a player, of course, but as a supporter. I jokingly told people that the football players honored by inclusion in the Hall of Fame played only three or four…

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Rights and Privileges — by John Reed

Rights and privileges Last week, I endured the chore every adult hates to deal with: replacing my driver’s license. Fortunately, the line was not very long and I was able to get in and out relatively quickly. While I was waiting in line, my mind wandered, as usual. There has been a lot of talk…

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GSP Post – A Costly Project For Taxpayers — By Tommy Purser

Does anyone besides me remember when it was claimed that the new Georgia State Patrol Post being proposed to be built by the City of Hazlehurst taxpayers could be built for less than $400,000. Or when claims were made that a percentage of the proceeds from GSP tickets issued in the other counties served by…

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No Squash For Karl Marx — By John Reed

No Squash For Karl Marx Regular readers will note my previous discussions of various economic theories. My opinions on socialism and government-controlled finances and the soul-killing resulting dependence on permanent handouts have been loud. So too has been my support of free-market capitalism: with judiciously light and even-handed regulation, it can provide solutions more quickly…

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