opinions

Sharing News — By Tommy Purser

This week, Barnie O’Quinn Jr. brought by a tearsheet of the May 30, 2018, issue of The Press-Sentinel in Jesup. When I first looked at it, I was confused. Because I had seen the opinion expressed in the editorial before. So I went looking. Indeed, in August, 2016, I reprinted a column from The Press-Sentinel…

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Stay The Course — By John Reed

Stay The Course One of the terms I hear bandied about whenever I listen to the news is “regime change.” A generation ago, we called it “nation building.” Whatever the label, we’ve been at it a long time. We first built our own nation, and that gave us the sense that might be good at…

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Area Lynchings

I recently ran across a listing of counties throughout the United States where lynchings had occurred …. or at least were known about. Curious, I looked for Jeff Davis County and found that no lynchings had been recorded here. However, I noticed three had occurred in Appling County. Being a newspaper reporter, I began to…

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Swamp Lily by Jennifer Miller

Swamp Lily Sometimes a song on the radio or a familiar smell can take you back in time and allow your brain to retrieve a fond memory you thought was forgotten. However, a few weeks ago I saw a plant that took me back in time. My husband and I just finished building our house…

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The Three C’s: Courtesy, Competence, Convenience by John Reed

The Three C’s: Courtesy, Competence, Convenience Regular readers know I place a high value on service when I do business. I’ll pay more for a service or a product if I’m treated well by the business — and its employees. And make no mistake, 99% of my good or bad experiences with a company come…

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Welcome To The Real World – John Reed

Welcome To The Real World This week, the class of 2018 will graduate. The “commencement” ceremonies will indeed mark the beginning of the next phase of their lives. Sadly, many will make choices that will forever affect them and their children in the future. Recently, a former student accosted me in Walmart and demanded to…

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Getting Old

Not much room for a column in this week’s Ledger so I’ll, by necessity, be brief. Where has the time gone? At Friday night’s graduation, I saw some kids receiving diplomas that are the grandchildren of people I watched get a diploma when I first came to Hazlehurst to run this newspaper. I wasn’t surprised,…

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The Protected vs. The Unprotected

Time magazine had an interesting article in this week’s edition concerning the sorry state our country is in today. The author was Steven Brill, who it turns out is about my age, and its title surprised me: “My Generation Was Supposed To Level America’s Playing Field. Instead, We Rigged It For Ourselves.” The article was…

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Baseball Playoff Venues Were Inadequate

So far this year in the baseball playoffs, the Yellow Jackets have played in four ball parks. By far, the Jackets’ home stadium is the best. It seems little thought was given to parking arrangements at Westside High School. Not only was the walk to and from the field from the small parking area long,…

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The Price Of Paradise — John Reed

The Price Of Paradise From everything I’ve heard, Hawaii is a paradise. Lush scenery, warm climate, breathtaking mountains…if you don’t count the typhoons and volcanoes. As the current eruption of Kilauea burns through neighborhoods, my feelings are split between sympathy and disbelief: who would build their house on top of an active volcano? Many of…

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