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Public Criticism Was Improper — By Tommy Purser

The good wife and I have hosted two events in recent years that called for family and friends to come from out of town and spend the night. The first was a surprise birthday party for my 70th birthday, three years ago. The second was last year when we celebrated or 50th wedding anniversary with…

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Life Goes On — By John Reed

Life Goes On As I wrote here previously, the grand Washington merry-go-round has limited effect here, other than providing a profit for the printer’s ink sellers and whoever can figure out how to make money from sending batches of electrons from one computer screen to another. A few slices from local life last week: Driving…

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Lefty Purser

Word spreads fast in a small community so I suspect lots of you are aware of the fact that, for the second time this year, I tangled with a table saw. The first time it was just the index finger on my right hand but after several months I still only have limited use of…

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Dear Joe: Don’t Blow It — By John Reed

Dear Joe: Don’t Blow It Congratulations to the presumptive president-elect Joe Biden on his exceedingly narrow victory last week. He should not consider the results a “blue wave mandate.” Some 70 million folks voted against him, despite Trump’s polarizing personality; plus most of the under 30s in his own party don’t like or trust him…

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Yearning For The REAL Republican Party — By Tommy Purser

As I write this column the counting is not yet over for the 2020 Presidential Election. I have so looked forward to its end. I have lived for more than seven decades and have never experienced the division, the rancor, the hostility as it exists today in this country I so love. I, like many…

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Daring to speak — By John Reed

Daring to Speak I’m tired of politics. I’m so ready write about the coming cool weather, fall foliage, or anything not related to Trump and Biden. Nevertheless, here we are. As a rule I don’t usually respond directly to opposing viewpoints. I prefer readers make up their own minds. However, last week’s writer offered a…

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Babies And Bathwater — By John Reed

Babies And Bathwater The old admonition about not “throwing out the baby with the dishwater” dates to at least 1512. It refers to overreacting to an event or idea, and our current times abound with such. Let’s get started with an example. To the bemusement of some of my neighbors, I take care of about…

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Shortage Of Quality Officials

Throughout the nation, a shortage of sports officials has resulted in a shortage of quality officials and Georgia is no exception. In Friday night’s Jeff Davis-Long County football game, that shortage was on full display. Not only was the officiating crew unfamiliar with the rules, they even made up a rule that disproportionately hurt Jeff…

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Sandy Britches & Sandy Toes — By Tommy Purser

I got a call Tuesday morning from Jeffrey Foster of McDonough. He explained to me he had written a short book entitled “Sandy Britches and Sandy Toes — My Jekyll Island Memories.” Authors are always sending me books to review, some I read and most I toss aside and forget about. One I read excerpts…

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Death & Taxes — By John Reed

Death & Taxes We are told the only certainties in life are death and taxes. In these … interesting … times, I think we can find a few more. It’s certain Trump could cure cancer and his opponents would accuse him of putting doctors out of work. It’s certain another conservative Supreme Court justice will…

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