The plan while waiting for life to return to normal

Randy Boyd

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 hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” Paine’s thoughts were about the struggle for our independence as a nation. Today, we are watching an unseen enemy seize our land. We are hearing about or seeing it ravage citizens of Mississippi and the United States. If we had been called to war, as in Thomas Paine’s day, I am sure all of us would rally to the defense of our homes, neighbors and country. We are under a shelter-in-place order. Is that asking too much, to help save lives of fellow Mississippians? I want to encourage you to look at you activities. Are we carrying out the spirit of the order? • The order went into effect Friday night, April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. and will stay in effect until Monday April 20 at 8:00 a.m. • If you can engage in the activity in question and avoid coming into contact with other people, then you can do it. • You MUST avoid groups of 10 or more. • Stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to get out.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS The most effective to get claims through is: • First, try to file your claim online: https://accessms.mdes.ms.gov/accessms/faces/login/login.xhtml • If you cannot access the system, download this printed claim form and fill it out: https://mdes.ms.gov/media/178819/ui-501_form_web.pdf • Once you have filled out the printed claim form, please email it to

EITHER: UIClaims@mdes.ms.gov OR to your local WIN Job Center. • Do NOT email the form to BOTH the UIClaims email AND your local WIN Job center. Pick one or the other. Emailing your claim form to both will only cause delays in processing your claim. • All claims will be paid from the date of separation, no matter when you file. Be patient, please. Most have seen times when we have had to change our lifestyle for short periods of time.

The Apostle Paul warned a young pastor named Timothy “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” Today we, find ourselves in tough times. Take heart, this will not last forever! We will get through this. We must work together.

My prayer is that this time will be short and through His guidance we will find a way to control this virus. If you need me, my cell number is 662-231-0133 (talk or text) or my email is landtree@nexband.com. God bless, Randy.

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