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Lynn Spruill: Meditation

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

I was channel surfing through a morning program not too long ago and stopped long enough to hear a guest discussing meditation with the CBS hosts. There was the obligatory Harvard doctor who was doing research on the benefits of meditation and then there was a hip-hop mogul who was hawking his book on the subject.

 

Our View: Body cameras can protect citizens, police alike

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Dispatch Editorials

It is not quite as sinister as George Orwell's "1984," but we now live in a world where the expectation of privacy can hardly be taken for granted. From the National Security Agency's controversial data mining operations to surveillance cameras to the ubiquitous cell phone cameras, we are generally being watched.

 

 

Our View: It's easy to get excited about college football

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

It is here. If you are a college football fan, that is all that is necessary to distinguish what makes this week exceptional.

 

 

George Will: Navy with a mission in mind

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The smallness of being in economy class

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

 

 

Our View: After failed bond, Lowndes still has options

Posted 8/27/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When voters in the Lowndes County School District rejected a $47 million bond proposal for major additions and renovations Tuesday, the initial reaction in some quarters was in despair. While a small majority of voters approved what could have amounted to a self-imposed tax increase by a small margin (52 percent), the measure fell well short of the 60-percent vote required for approval.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

Posted 8/27/2014 in National Columns

You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Too detached to lead?

Posted 8/27/2014 in National Columns

Having once served a president, I don't begrudge any president a vacation.

 

Our View: Art is everywhere

Posted 8/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

If, while driving around Lowndes County, you've noticed a different sort of billboard advertising, thank an artist. Better yet, visit an art show, museum or art gallery.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Robin Thompson

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: If 'shall' means 'shall,' Musgrove says he'll win

Posted 8/26/2014 in Local Columns

The school funds lawsuit former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is spearheading isn't complicated. It's simple litigation -- a petition for a declaratory judgment.

 

Lynn Spruill: Nextdoor

Posted 8/25/2014 in Local Columns

As I have mentioned before, I am not a huge Facebook user. I have a page, but I always thought the best use for Facebook is getting "Happy Birthday" wishes from long-lost friends and being able to say thank you for them en masse.

Possumhaw: Making hay with the ducks

Posted 8/25/2014 in Local Columns

It was time to glean leftover hay and stuff it in a black garbage bag. I always wear black rubber boots, summer or winter. You never know what you might encounter in the fields, and I feel safer with the rubber boots rather than, say, flip flops.

Ask Rufus: The early Federal houses of Columbus

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

During the first years of Columbus' growth and expansion, some early settlers tried to bring a little of the refinement of the east coast to the new town.

Birney Imes: Gifts all week long

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

Wednesday in the aisles of Kroger I ran into a high school friend I had not seen in years, Joey Hendrix. As a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, Joey's career included postings in Vicksburg, Baghdad and New Orleans. He is now retired and has come home to take care of his mother, who lives in New Hope.

 

Our view: A bond issue easy to like

Posted 8/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, registered voters who live in the Lowndes County School District will go to the polls to vote on a $47 million bond issue to build, replace and renovate school facilities.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Don't shoot a writer

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. -- I've met some brave people in my life: survivors of war, politics, natural disasters -- and one heroic woman in the Mississippi Delta who lived most of her life in an iron lung. I'm not sure I've ever met anyone braver than the beautiful and elegant Anne Butler of this enchanting Louisiana river town.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Perry v. Lehmberg, an unsettling trend

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.

 

 

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