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Thrown Under The Bus — By Tommy Purser

If the Jeff Davis County Commissioners feel like they were thrown under the bus by the Hazlehurst City Council I can understand why. Here’s what the commissioners had to say in a statement released in response to public statements made by members of the Hazlehurst City Council at its September meeting: ***** “After reading a…

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Left Turn, Clyde — By John Reed

Left Turn, Clyde Anyone who recognizes that movie quote will appreciate the absurdity and annoyance of lousy drivers. This week’s column space was almost ceded to my better half, who had some well-chosen words about local drivers. After watching people come to a complete stop at the roundabouts, fail to use turn signals [yes you,…

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Proud of Our Hospital

What Tammy Mims, the Jeff Davis Hospital Authority and the hospital staff have accomplished over the past few years is remarkable. In 2014 the hospital was losing lots of money. Four years later, it is on track to earn a $1.4 million profit this year. The behavioral health center opening will address a growing need…

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Passing The Smell Test – By John Reed

Passing The Smell Test When I was a kid, my friends and I would play a card game called “I doubt it“. When the grownups weren’t around, it went by its more colorful name involving bovine manure. The point of the game was to bluff your opponent into thinking you had certain cards… Or not.…

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Clarification Is In Order

I think some clarification is in order for last Thursday’s called meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council. On two occasions, the Mayor inserted my name into the discussion. I wasn’t present so I didn’t have the opportunity to respond. One reference was to the fact that city engineer Carl Hostadter and I worked hard on…

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The Mommy State – By John Reed

The Mommy State As a teacher for many years, I had ample opportunity to witness the parenting instinct up close. Every parent has it but it manifests itself in many different ways. There are the clingy moms who don’t want their child to ever grow up. Those are the ones who walk their child to…

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The Rich Get Richer — By Tommy Purser

This week, I read a letter written by William Falk, Editor-in-Chief of “The Week” magazine. Among the things he said were that, after “Congress gave corporations a massive tax cut this year, companies plowed more than $400 billion into stock buybacks that raised stock prices and dividends and made executives and stockholders much richer —…

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A Second Civil War? – By John Reed

A Second Civil War? There’s enough division in politics and the media these days, some have been saying we’re on the brink of a second civil war. But who is on which side? That depends on who’s doing the telling. Folks who used to be allies aren’t, and strange bedfellows are appearing. Let’s look at…

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Deja Vu Moments

I went to Tuesday morning’s called city council meeting out of curiosity. I had instant deja vu. The biggest deja vu moments came while accountant Tammy Dyal was giving her report on the dire financial condition of the city. It was the same song, different verse I had heard a year ago as a council…

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Caveat Lector — By John Reed

Caveat Lector Two Latin quotes in two weeks…bear with me, the reason will become clear. Last week I wrote about how the press is critical to keeping the public informed and the government in check. A lot gets said these days about slanted coverage, and there’s more than a little truth to the accusation. Most…

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