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Time To Grow Up — By John Reed

Time To Grow Up Due to recent school closures, I find myself awash in grandchildren this week. It’s always good to have them over, but it’s also something of a challenge. These four kids are like many others of their generation: unused to hearing the word “no.” So when they encounter the old folks’ version…

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Medical Minute — By Dr. Kirk Munsayac

My mom tells a great story of my childhood where I walked into the room with Band-Aids on my belly. When asked why, I told her I had a stomach ache. (my doctoring has improved maybe slightly since…) Bless tiny Dr. Kirk, at the time, he understood medical treatment in a simplistic way, like most…

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Our Downtown Needs Leadership’s Attention

I spent six or seven hours on the road over the weekend following Jeff Davis High’s baseball team during its foray into west Georgia for a couple of games against a pair of good teams. Traveling the back roads for most of the trip, we went through a lot of small towns and noted how…

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There Ain’t No Free Lunch — By John Reed

There Ain’t No Free Lunch I’ve written on this topic before, but with the rise of socialist politicians like Bernie Sanders and others, it’s time to revisit. He has been running as a Democratic Socialist, which he’s been adamant isn’t the same thing as a Communist. First, some definitions. For those who slept through high…

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Does Jeff Davis County Want A Newspaper — By Tommy Purser

Okay. Let’s go back and relearn, if you’ve ever learned, the mechanics of the newspaper business. We exist because of advertising. Too many folks erroneously think that we can survive simply by selling newspapers. No. Emphatically no. The business people in Hazlehurst or people who have business interests in Hazlehurst keep this newspaper in business…

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Stop And Frisk: Criminal? — By John Reed

Stop And Frisk: Criminal? Much has been made this past week over the police tactic called “stop and frisk.” Implemented in New York and other big cities, “SAF” the practice of random questioning and searching pedestrians and drivers in high crime areas. The idea is similar to the roadblocks we sometimes see set up down…

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Jackets Win Opener

Most people who know me and my business know that Tuesdays are busy, busy times. That’s the day we put the weekly issue to bed for printing on Wednesday. I’ve followed the current bunch of Jeff Davis High School baseball players since they first began playing travel ball at the age of 6. This is…

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Trust But Verify — By John Reed

Trust But Verify This phrase comes from a Russian proverb “doveryay, no proveryay.” Ironically, President Reagan used it often to describe his dealings with the Soviet Union. It’s even more apt today, not just in international relations, but while dealing with things here at home. Case point: the electoral mess in Iowa following the Democratic…

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Rush Limbaugh — By Tommy Purser

Legitimate newspaper and magazine columnists across the country have offered condolences and prayers for right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Even honorable left wing opiners are hoping he will successfully battle against the advanced lung cancer he was recently diagnosed with having. Cancer is a horrible disease that should never be wished on anyone’s…

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In The Belly Of The Beast — By John Reed

In The Belly Of The Beast Recently I spent a morning at the Social Security office in Vidalia. There’s no more accurate definition of governmental bureaucracy, unless maybe you count the drivers license office. But that’s a state program, while social security is federal. The office was packed with folks, all grasping their assigned paper…

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