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Jack Simpson

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JACK SIMPSON: What would Christmas be without a few hassles?

Another Christmas has come and gone. It has been stressful, busy and, at times, frustrating and expensive. However, it has been fun, huh? What would we ever do without such a special holiday to celebrate and spend time with family and friends?

JACK SIMPSON: Crime marches on

It struck me as common sense that a professional car thief would plan each caper carefully. Having stolen before, some degree of efficiency would be expected. Even if he was a pickpocket, a shoplifter, scammer, his goal would be to plan, pull off the theft and stay out of jail.

JACK SIMPSON: Legacy album tells rich history of Sheriff's Office

Have you seen a copy of the new yearbook recently put out by the Newton County Sheriffs Office? I think it is a pretty neat 100-page hardback published by Peachtree Portraits.

JACK SIMPSON: Another airline travel aggravation

I know it is risky writing about something you do not know a great deal about. I’m talking about flying and cell phones. Anyway, I am about to give these topics the old college try.

JACK SIMPSON: Bold move — or historic mistake?

It is a cold, wet, dreary day with even some snowflakes reported in the local area. And, as of this writing, it is a few days before we celebrate Thanksgiving. People wonder if we should give thanks for the recent deal with Iran, where they get relief from sanctions and the world gets a promise that Iran will not develop a bomb and open up its nuclear program.

JACK SIMPSON: Fifty years later, a nation still wonders

They say it was one of the most violent scenes ever recorded. I did not witness it personally, but joined hundreds of other Americans who watched on television as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy crawled onto that trunk of the presidential limo trying to collect pieces of the president’s head.

JACK SIMPSON: Too much of a good thing

Alvin, his mate, children, grandchildren, family and friends have taken up residence down here in south Rockdale in my yard and around the patio. Oh, it was fine for a while until these chipmunks began to outnumber me.

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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.

Simpson: Congress has something to learn from our veterans

Coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan many veterans are facing new challenges.

Simpson: Couponing can be a serious game

One thing I like about Sundays around our house is reading two newspapers while we eat breakfast.

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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: Hard to say 'no' to the grill on holidays

Everywhere on July 4 those back yard grills were fired up and families were grilling steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and all manner of red meat.

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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: National security for our own good?

Is Big Brother snooping for our own good?

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Jack Simpson: Beware the telephone scammers

Don't be a victim of telephone scammers.

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Jack Simpson: The violence problem in New Orleans

Crime, corruption, racism, violence and hurricane damage has given New Orleans the reputation as a dangerous tourist attraction.

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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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SIMPSON: Tough questions in wake of suspect's capture

Thumbs up to the Boston area law enforcement team and the people for doing what can only be described as "one-hell-of-a-fine job" in solving the Boston Marathon bombing case.

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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: Memories of small-town life linger on

When you think about it, there is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town.

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Jack Simpson: Hoover's No. 3 man has left us

He's gone, and I shall join the ranks of family and friends who will miss him.

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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: Quit smoking before you learn the hard way

Observers are wondering if President Obama is fighting his battle with tobacco and trying to quit.

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Jack Simpson: A lot has happened in 35 years in Rockdale

A lot has changed in 35 years.

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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."

Special gift brings back memories

This special gift brings back many memories.

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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: Special memories of Veterans Day

Another Veterans Day has come and gone. As a combat veteran of World War II, I am thankful I was lucky enough to be around for the celebration.

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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.