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JACK SIMPSON: The 45th Thunderbirds

One of my coworkers is a member of the Osage Indian Tribe and many of his relatives live in Oklahoma. He heard I was making a speech about World War II and my association with the 45th Infantry Division.

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JACK SIMPSON: Growing older has its benefits

I do like living in a small town. Sometimes when eating in a local restaurant, people will walk up to my table, introduce themselves and tell me they enjoy reading my column. How nice. I do so enjoy sharing their experiences and hearing about them and their families.

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JACK SIMPSON: Worries about ineffective antibiotics are real

It seems like people have to worry about some crisis or another every day. Maybe it is an earthquake, fire, tornadoes, floods, political upheavals, etc.

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JACK SIMPSON: New gun law brings many questions

I would guess that the hoopla over Georgia’s new gun law has just begun.

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JACK SIMPSON: Tense situation with Russia

Diplomacy has prevailed so far as Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have eased crises and compromised to prevent the outbreak of armed conflict. President Obama remains skeptical.

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JACK SIMPSON: Time to rein in Obama's executive powers

I suppose you were among the many Americans who watched when President Obama took his oath of office. For crying out loud, don’t oaths mean anything anymore!

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JACK SIMPSON: Will Christie go down with the sharks?

My grandson has a degree in marine biology and is a certified diver. He has used his skills and his education to film underwater. Some of his footage has appeared on National Geographic and Discovery channels. He has been swimming with sharks and has seen their reaction to blood in the water.

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JACK SIMPSON: Polar vortex an unwelcome visitor in Ga.

This past week, I have done a few things I’m out of practice doing and haven’t done for years since leaving the northeast USA.

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JACK SIMPSON: To gamble or not; it's an individual choice

Hey, I’m not preaching here about the evils of gambling. Folks have to make up their own minds about wagering. What I am doing is relating my own experiences. If they offer something of value, so be it.

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JACK SIMPSON: What is the state of our union?

When you go out into the community and talk to folks you meet, you get the impression that they think our country is in a “mell-of-a-hess.”

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JACK SIMPSON: Strange laws from the past

We have some unusual rules and laws. Others do as well. Many are archaic and have been on the books for years. They haven’t been updated to make them relevant in modern society. They aren’t even enforced.

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Jack Simpson: President must back words with actions

As comic Oliver Hardy used to say, “Well, this is a fine mess we are in.”

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SIMPSON: Did Snowden unveil intrusive surveillance or an attack on our liberties?

Edward Snowden has sparked debate about the balance between liberty and security.

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Jack Simpson: All this rain not necessarily a good thing

It is becoming depressive. All this rain, day after day. Night after night. I’m sure the plants are loving it, but folks are wearing out with all the weather radio warnings given throughout the day and night.

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Jack Simpson: Birthday gift with an unintended consequence

On my birthday several years ago, my family members gave me a gift of blueberry bushes. Loved ones even helped me plant them.

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Jack Simpson: A not-so-welcome neighbor

We recently noticed a new neighbor in the vicinity of our home down here in south Rockdale: wild coyotes.

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Jack Simpson: Beware the telephone scammers

Don't be a victim of telephone scammers.

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Jack Simpson: Bees in danger

It is scary to think of the consequences if we cannot reverse the decline in bee deaths.

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Jack Simpson: Misplaced loyalty

Just when you think nothing else will confirm your belief that we live on a crazy planet, something new turns up.

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Jack Simpson: 'Insourcing' a welcome trend

When I see a label on a product that reads "Made in the USA," I get a good feeling.

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Jack Simpson: New role for a Sears 'kit' house

Sears catalog houses were popular between 1908 and 1940.

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Jack Simpson: Allowing pocket knives on airplanes a dangerous step backward

Think back to 9/11/2001. Do you remember the news coming over the television?

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Jack Simpson: Follow your dream -- with your eyes wide open

I think it was in the 1980s. Mike was beginning a new career in law enforcement and asked if an old veteran like me had any words of wisdom I could pass on.

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Jack Simpson: New medal should be put in its proper rank

What an old combat soldier like me objects to is that this new medal ranks above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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Jack Simpson: Have respect for our elders

Elders have lived through infancy, childhood, adolescence and under Obamacare are in their final stage, obsolescence.

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Jack Simpson: Women in combat will take some getting used to

Let me begin by saying I'm glad Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently announced combat jobs will now be open to women.

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Jack Simpson: Even tough times were the 'good ol' days'

In the Great Depression many stood in poverty, but in our own way we rose and endured in the face of calamity.

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Jack Simpson: Glad my snake-hunting days are over

I'm not the slightest interested in trying to make big bucks hunting pythons.

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Jack Simpson: Eating out can be a risky business

I have come to the conclusion that senior citizens eat out a good bit.

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Jack Simpson: Best wishes, Secretary Clinton

A wise man once said, "politics is a dirtier job than cleaning toilets."

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Jack Simpson: What are the answers to Newtown?

No question about it. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history is on the minds of everyone.

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Jack Simpson: If it's too good to be true, don't fall for it

The time was approximately 7:52 p.m. when we got a call from Kingston, Jamaica.

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Jack Simpson: The meaning of words

Many kind words were spoken to veterans on Veterans' Day. Among them were "thanks for your service."

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Jack Simpson: There's gold at the end of the rainbow -- if you work for it

How many young people do you know who have college degrees and have no jobs?

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Jack Simpson: Post election, we must unite and address issues

A new day is dawning. We have some relief from all of those political flyers, calls during the dinner hour, television ads and campaign promises.

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Jack Simpson: Laws aren't enough to stop people from texting and driving

While driving down Ga. Highway 20 the other day, we noticed as we stopped at each traffic light, a young lady in the adjacent car was texting.

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Jack Simpson: Put aside 'binders' and get down to issues

If you don't wish to discuss the record, you talk about binders.

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Jack Simpson: Voting a straight ticket

When at the polls, voters should remember to give party loyalty when it has been earned.

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Jack Simpson: Jim's story could become ours

His name is Jim. It is a friendly alias, but for purposes of this column will have to do.

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Jack Simpson: Buying a used car requires some faith

Due to the economy and higher prices, many people have had to seek cheaper transportation.

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Jack Simpson: If you want change, vote for it

You say you want change. Well, go to the polls and cast your vote.

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Jack Simpson: A poetic change of pace

Are you tired of all this political outrage -- charges and counter charges?

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Jack Simpson: Recounting the pleasures of a Southern oasis

After so many years of being southernized, we can no longer brag about being damned Yankees -- and maybe we no longer care for the title!

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SIMPSON: Sheriffs face challenges

Sheriffs face challenges during austere times.

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Jack Simpson: Obama grants 'amnesty' for political purposes

If the government grants a pardon to a special group of people for political reasons, you can call it Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if you want to, but chances are it is amnesty.

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Jack Simpson: An ode to cornbread and buttermilk

Many people out there have good things to say about cornbread and buttermilk.

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Jack Simpson: Armchair fun at the Olympics

London has done well with Olympics 2012, which brings back memories of the Atlanta Games.

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JACK SIMPSON: Sometimes a good deed draws the wrong kind of attention

Better watch out. Better not shout. I’m telling you why. You just might find yourself in trouble just like the 80-year-old couple in Elyria, Ohio. They are being sued by the city and it isn’t for not paying taxes. No, it is (are you ready for this?) for feeding wildlife in their backyard. Now how about that? Christian charity.

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JACK SIMPSON: Take the appropriate steps to prevent home burglaries

The months of November and December are well known for important holidays. They are also known as big months for home burglaries. Thieves like to kick in your door and steal your merry Christmas.

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JACK SIMPSON: Movie gets Hoover wrong

The new J. Edgar Hoover movie has renewed speculation about the director being gay and abusive of power. For years his enemies have continued to downgrade his contributions to law enforcement. Since he isn’t here to defend himself, it has become easier to besmirch his reputation and vilify him. This helps sell books, newspapers and movies.

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SIMPSON: The battle is on to keep stink bugs at bay

Janet Ruth, for a moment I thought they were here. Those pesky stink bugs you told me had infested your northern Virginia home last fall. I did see six or eight of them and felt they were advance scouts crawling on the south side of my house seeking entry.

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SIMPSON: The 'Occupy' movement needs definition

Recently there have been what are called “Occupy” movements across the country. As they are publicized in the media, they seem to have become more popular. Some feel these protests are a way to empower minorities.

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