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There’s no way I can put lipstick on this pig called 2020. It’s been a horrible year. This creature called COVID has even penetrated my family in recent days. Fortunately, the youngest and probably healthiest in the family, my grandson and his wife have been able to match the virus. They liv…

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The time is December 1939 and the story is about a single Mother and her two boys, Jacque, age six and Bobby, age eight. Opal was working at the Tupelo Hotel as a waitress. She worked seven days a week for fifty cents per day, any tips she might receive plus two meals a day. They lived in a …

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This nasty COVID has made the fight personal — it’s taken one of our brothers. It hurts, even though we know Bill Roper has gone on to a better place. Bill had been a part of our Band of Brothers, who meet at Jack’s most week day morning for coffee and to solve the world’s problems as best we can.

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People will long remember and talk about the year of 2020, which thank goodness is almost over. But it’s not necessarily the worst time America has ever had. I was born in 1940 and for the first half of the 1940s the world was at war with itself in all of Europe and all of Asia at the same t…

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JACKSON, MISS. – With Christmas season here, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants you to make sure your perfect Christmas tree makes it home by properly securing it to your vehicle.

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Sometimes there are points in life when one reflects on topics that bring worry, sadness, concern or even depression.

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I stood at the edge of the mountain and looked down at the green of the fields below. The fields were cut neatly into the shapes that the farmers had cultivated them in for years. The blue sky around me seemed to almost envelope me as I stood amongst the rocks and trees listening to the wind…

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With less than two months remaining in the 116th Congress, the Senate is working to complete several important priorities for Mississippi and the nation. These include an annual military authorization bill and funding for the federal government. We are continuing to confirm Trump-nominated j…

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It is amazing how disappointments can take various forms in life. I think often our childhoods are filled with little disappointments such as not getting something we really wanted – that pony. Perhaps by not winning the spelling bee or the science fair after so much practice and effort in p…

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National Veterans Small Business Week (November 2-6) was an opportunity for Mississippians and all Americans to recognize Veteran entrepreneurs. These men and women have distinguished themselves in service to our great Nation and now devote their time and energy to providing jobs to our citi…

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Do you ever go to the back of the house, and when you get there you don’t remember what you went after? How about do you ever go to the store without a list, only to return home with everything but what you went after? I do! More and more it seems. When I was little I remember watching a Sat…

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Do you ever find yourself looking around wondering what happened to the world around you? The lenses through which you have looked at life become skewed by some new information you learn, the action of another, or simply a mistake that you have made yourself. A blurred focus is something tha…

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Dear Editor: I read the recent editorials by Rep. Randy Boyd and saw they contained numerous inaccuracies. Therefore, I have contacted Rep. Boyd to correct the inaccuracies and am sharing this information with the Lee County Courier to correct the record. Although Rep. Boyd has not requested…

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We have a huge problem on the horizon Election Day. Initiative 65 is an attempt by a $14 billion industry to scam Mississippians. By installing this in our Constitution, Initiative 65 (I-65) would legitimize the smoking, vaping, using of water bongs, “ring pots,” gummy bears and “pot tarts” …

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On Oct. 1 – 2, 2020, the Mississippi Legislature went back into Session. These days were used to direct and redirect money of the COVID19 federal funds. This will be a brief summary of the bills passed and their funding. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being stored by the Mississi…

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I am on the House Education Committee which is why I have more information on the State Department of Education than some of the other departments. Other departments do have concerns of their own. However, today I am again going to address another issue in the MDE. Superintendent Wright gave…

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Have you ever wondered who your walk each day impacts. Are you a leader in your community or your church? How about in your family? Do you set the pace that everyone else follows? What does it mean to be a leader? As I look back at those in my life who have inspired me to follow them, there …

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The “Deep State” in Mississippi is not just one department or agency. The Legislature allocates money to departments and agencies. Laws are in place to try and prevent misuse. The most current issue that has arisen does involve the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). It was reported o…

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Mississippi has a “Deep State,” just like the Federal Government in Washington. The longer I stay in the Legislature, the more evident it becomes. Although, laws and bills appropriating money are written to be effective and efficient, the agencies and departments sometimes find ways to circu…

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When I was looking through this old box of memories that my mother saved all my life, I got this idea to write about things. I thought some of you might enjoy it as some of you ask for stories now and then. Now your stuck with a whole damn shoebox full more of a Boot Box, that's a little bigger.

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The coronavirus pandemic began as a threat to public health, but its ripple effects have touched every area of life and created vast new needs. Food pantries need more hands on deck to stock shelves and distribute goods. Students need tutoring to make up for lost time in the classroom. And m…

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Writer’s note: Friends, as a public personality for decades, I am always reluctant about sharing about any of my health concerns until I feel others may in some way gain an insight which may benefit them in future by my writing about it. Thankfully, this column is not about the pandemic.

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I was needing a laugh, so I hope you will join me as I recall an early music experience.

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Representatives have worked hard this week to finish the budget and bills. Starting on June 22nd with a full calendar of bills and working all week and the weekend, has slimmed the number down. Appropriation bills have been the priority. These bills fund the different Departments and Agencie…

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On June 26, I will begin my 81st year on planet Earth.  And during those 80 years I have done a lot of things. If you have been reading my columns for the past 10 or so years, you know about all of the places I’ve been and things I have done. But this column is about the things that I have n…

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The deadline for House committees to report Senate bills occurred on Tuesday evening. This caused multiple meeting of many committees. Any Senate bills that did not make it out of committees died. Throughout the rest of the week, the House met to discuss bills that survived the deadline. The…

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) is pleased to announce the appointment of eight Mississippians selected to attend one of America's prestigious Military Academies. The Service Academy appointees are as follows: Mason Bay (Oxford High School), Clay Cromwell (Oxford High …

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On May 12, the Mississippi Legislature was convened. It was the Legislatures time to show that it could come together to manage the money sent down by the CARES Act. The outcome was good to see. Committees met to discuss many avenues this money for this legislation was meant to help this state.

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A phone call from a contemporary the other day gives a glimpse into the existence I and perhaps many others find. I really appreciated his call. We have exchanged such about once a week since sequester. We usually do not vote the same way on state and national candidates, but we have mutual …

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Perhaps the headline atop this story needs disclaiming. While no one knows the future, we must remain hopeful. So, it’s not in the vein that my former legislative colleague Steve ‘Undertaker’ Holland means when he announces that someone has “crossed over” alluding to the Biblical River Jorda…

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On Dec. 23, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote these words: “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like …

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Like our fellow Americans, Mississippians are resilient. These are extraordinary times for all of us, but nothing we cannot overcome. The spirit of our people and concern for family, friends, and neighbors has not faltered. In fact, it has strengthened our resolve to preserve all that we hol…

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A lot of people I come into contact with tend to ‘live in the past’, a malady I personally think we should avoid. While our memories become immune to harsh events from which we adapt, often we resort to thinking about the ‘good ole days’. Congressman Jamie Whitten, himself near or in his oct…

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Several weeks from another state I received a phone call from an ambitious Millennial whose business associates wanted to pick his brain for potential political influence in regard to complicated government rules in their related business. I know the person well. He was concerned that Congre…

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Week 8 was, again, filled with committee meetings and hearings. By March 3, bills must be passed out of committee to remain alive and possibly become law. Even though there was a small amount of time spent in the House Chamber, bills were discussed and votes were taken. SB2257 was the most h…

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As I was making my rounds, I encountered an acquaintance who wanted to talk to me about crime and ‘bad things’. I circulate so that I can percolate. His analysis was to contradict another person we both know who he says blames the plight on “republicans”. This individual disagreed and blamed…

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This was the sixth week of the 2020 Legislative Session. House members had a busy week full of committee meetings and hearings. The deadline for the introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments is Monday, February 17, so members will remain busy over the next few weeks decidin…

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There’s an old saying in Mississippi political talk that “school teachers can’t elect you but they can beat you.” Maybe that’s why a little more respect is being shown by the 2020 folks in the state capitol. Last week the senate unanimously approved a $1,000 next year pay increase for the ov…

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At the beginning of the 2004 Legislative Session, Speaker Bill McCoy appointed me Chairman of the Committee on Transportation for the Mississippi House of Representatives. In that capacity a lot of matters came for consideration. I was particularly interested in building more 4-lane roads bu…

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Ancient humans built the seven wonders of the world, only one of which stands today – the Great Pyramids of Giza. Since those ancient days, various lists have noted new human-engineered wonders, such as the Taj Mahal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and even the International Space St…

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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

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This is the first report of the 2020 Session of the Mississippi House of Representatives. As usual the Session started slowly. On Tuesday, January 7th, the House was sworn into office by the Secretary of State on that day, Delbert Hosemann. Then, on Thursday, seven of the eight statewide ele…

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Health care as an issue landed with a thud in late December as members of Congress packed up and went home for the holidays. Two important pieces of legislation for patients didn’t make it to the finish line. Passage of either measure next year is a crapshoot since it’s an election year. One…

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Some folks call it ‘role model’. Most say “Be an example”. Holy Scripture challenges readers to cultivate traits of goodness, charity and mercy. So, why shouldn’t we begin a new decade by appealing to a better nature? Perhaps individually one can reflect on someone or several from whom we fi…

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