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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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We Have To Demand Change — By Tommy Purser

I felt for Landon Chavis as I sat in the back of the City Council’s meeting room last Thursday. The young, homegrown business owner, who put down his roots in downtown Hazlehurst hoping for a bright and prosperous future, was at the meeting to ask for some help. He looked around and saw downtown’s shortcomings…

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Being Good Stewards — By John Reed

Being Good Stewards Stewardship. Whenever that word comes up in sermons, the subject of tithing is sure to follow. The scriptural command to give one tenth of your earnings to the church provides material support, but that’s only one sense of what stewardship really means. In business, stewardship first and foremost means taking care of…

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Trump, DeJoy attacking postal service — By Tommy Purser

The Trump administration’s failure to take the COVID-19 threat seriously has all but brought the U.S. economy to a standstill — and the future continues to look grim. This newspaper is suffering through its worst year ever. Surely it’s the worst year in my 47-plus years at the helm. And if Trump and his Postmaster…

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We Must Be Crazy — By John Reed

We Must Be Crazy If it seems to you things are out of whack, don’t worry, it’s not you. People are definitely acting stranger than usual, which is saying something. I’m not sure of the clinical difference between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but I’m sure O Dependable One can set me obdurately straight. We have…

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