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Resolutions I Can Keep — By Tommy Purser

John Reed and Dr. Kirk this week write about New Year’s Resolutions and it reminded me that I solved that problem years ago. I don’t remember the particulars of the column I wrote some 20 years ago but I can well remember the gist of it: my choices of resolutions were so easily attainable that…

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Happy New Year — By John Reed

Happy New Year! I won’t be making the usual resolutions this year. Losing weight, walking more, spending less…I haven’t had much luck keeping those, so I’m going to try something else: positivity. Fifty years ago, Spiro Agnew spoke words written by William Safire that struck a nerve then and are even more relevant now. Speaking…

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‘Tis The Season — By John Reed

‘Tis The Season One of my favorite things about this time of year is reconnecting with friends, family, loved ones, acquaintances, former students, and colleagues. Many of these I only get to see or talk to once a year. As we talk and get caught up, I can’t help but look at how things are…

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New Year’s Sayings — By Tommy Purser

As I’ve said here before, I get my news and information from a wide variety of sources, eschewing cable news junk like Fox News, MSNBC, etc., and talking heads spewing distortions and out-and-out lies like Shawn Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Rush Limbaugh, etc. ad nauseum. Recently, I ran across a list of New Year’s saying in,…

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Yes, Virginia — By Tommy Purser

“Is There A Santa Claus?” was the headline over an editorial in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the New York Sun. When 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, doubted the existence of Santa Claus, her father told her to write to the Sun saying paper would tell the truth. The editorial struck a chord in people. Over…

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A Great Day In Hazlehurst — By Tommy Purser

Sometimes, it only takes one person with a vision to get things moving in a community. But even with that vision, it takes teamwork, cooperation, people willing to join the effort …. community involvement. In my view, Saturday was one of the best days in a long, long time for Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County.…

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Just Another Day — By John Reed

Just Another Day Next week, a day will come and go that is considered special in some circles. But in that same 24-hour period: -86,400 seconds will go by -The Moon will move 50,000 miles around the Earth -The Earth will move 1.6 million miles around the sun -The Solar System will move 30 million…

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Parson-Reid Stadium — By Tommy Purser

At last night’s Jeff Davis-Vidalia basketball game in Vidalia, the school officially christened their new gymnasium as the Parson-Reid Gymnasium after long-time boys coach Ralph Parsons and long-time girls coach Chuck “Chunk” Reid. The christening was saved for last night because the Indians were hosting Jeff Davis High, and former JDHS girls basketball coach Hugh…

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A Topsy-Turvy World — By John Reed

A Topsy-Turvy World Legend has it that General Cornwallis’ field band played the British ballad “The World Turned Upside Down” when he surrendered after the siege of Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Interestingly, the tune itself was an anti-government protest song written in the 1640’s to comment on Parliament’s efforts to crack down on…

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Relaxation

It was hard coming back to work Monday morning. Our 5-day Thanksgiving holiday reinforced my belief that I would enjoy being retired. That 5-day break was the longest I’ve had in my 46-plus years as editor-publisher of the Ledger. In some ways I envy people who can have week-long vacations …. or longer. But so…

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