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Equality vs. Freedom — By John Reed

Equality vs Freedom “All men are created equal.” Those immortal words from our Declaration of Independence were no more true then than they are now. I first learned this in the locker room in junior high school. It’s a nice idea, an aspiration about people’s potential or every infant’s starting position under God. The writers…

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Consistency Matters — By John Reed

Consistency Matters Kids are smart. They understand fairness and consistency at an instinctive level, which can be frustrating for parents of siblings. They can tell if one child is getting a better deal than the other. Often that better deal is merited, either because of age differences, better behavior or whatever. The other kid doesn’t…

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Think. It’s Not A Difficult Thing To Do. — By Tommy Purser

The first conspiracy theory I recall in my lifetime was in the early 1950s, during the McCarthy era. McCarthyism spread like wildfire until its perpetrator, Senator Joseph McCarthy was finally shamed into silence. I was really young then but I can still remember the adults in my life talking about McCarthy’s allegations that hundreds of…

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The Coming Tempest — By John Reed

The Coming Tempest Not long ago, I wrote how distant events affect us, even out here in the country. I was reminded of this once again as I was writing this last Sunday night. At twilight, the sun’s last westward fading glory backlit a wonderful thunderstorm, alternating pink and grey rays extending all the way…

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Letters Must Be Signed — By Tommy Purser

Got a really nice letter to the editor this week. It was well written, to the point and posited some timely thoughts that would be well worth sharing. It appeared to be in a woman’s handwriting but I couldn’t be sure because it was only signed with a letter and a surname. A surname I…

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Pain Is A Good Teacher — By John Reed

Pain Is A Good Teacher I got my first bicycle at age seven, and quickly discovered the most important part of learning how to ride was learning how to fall off. It didn’t take too many skinned knees and elbows before I figured out the right way to dismount before disaster struck. As I got…

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Facebook Encourages Spread Of COVID-19 — By Tommy Purser

“I am OSHA 10&30 certified. I know some of you are too. I don’t really know WHY OSHA hasn’t come forward and stopped the nonsense BUT ….” So reads a small portion of the intro to a long posting on Facebook that claims masks don’t protect people from COVID-19. As with most such posts, the…

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Reactions To No Boundaries — By John Reed

Reactions to No Boundaries Last Saturday’s fireworks display at the fairgrounds marked the long-overdue return of a local tradition. A large appreciative crowd enjoyed live music, fresh food, and of course the exciting blasts of color and explosive noise in the sky. Kudos to Andrea and Sonya from the Chamber of Commerce and the rest…

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Nothing’s Easy — By Tommy Purser

I knew it was just a matter of time. This week, in a letter to the editor, my friend Grady Cornish broached the subject of our county being named after Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederate States of America. But first, a little history. Most people in Hazlehurst are familiar with the story…

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Radio Memories — By John Reed

Radio Memories I spend a lot of time on the road these days, visiting schools as a consultant with a music store. As a result, I sometimes find myself so far into the backwoods that radio reception is spotty at best. Sometimes the only program I can get is a local AM station. Those of…

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