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Voice of the people: Chris Gottbrath



Froma Harrop: Security versus privacy

Posted 2/3/2014 in National Columns

A guard insisted on looking into my handbag as I entered Radio City Music Hall to attended a concert recently. He had absolutely no reason to suspect me or the hundreds of other patrons whose bags he similarly inspected of carrying guns or explosives. But none of us objected to the incursion.


Ask Rufus: The story behind an iconic photograph

Posted 2/1/2014 in Local Columns

There is a 1908 postcard view of the Steamer American at the Columbus landing which has become the iconic image of a Tombigbee steamboat at Columbus. I have twice used the image in articles and it appears in my book "The Tombigbee River Steamboats: Rollodores, Dead Heads, and Side-Wheelers."


Being Beautiful: Winning the Super Bowl of style

Posted 2/1/2014 in Local Columns

I must confess: I know nothing of football. Mama and I would often wait until Daddy, my three older brothers and Uncle Wayne got consumed with the surround sound of our family TV and then disappear into the sanctity of her light blue ceramic bathroom.


Birney Imes: Passage to India

Posted 2/1/2014 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon while eating Indian food, I thought about Leo Spatz. A bit of history: A native of Germany, Leo came to Columbus in 1935 to manage the restaurant and coffee shop of the Gilmer Hotel, a four-story, Civil-War era brick building where the Gilmer Inn is now. Leo's father ran the kitchen and his wife Florence was hostess. For my mother's generation, the Gilmer was the fashionable place to go.


Leonard Pitts: Sincerest sympathy to the filthy rich

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

Dear Tom Perkins: I'm writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.



Kathleen Parker: The hard knocks of pro football

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

President Obama's imaginary son is back in town, and this time he can't play football. Dad says so. And Mom probably would, too. On this point, we three could smoke a peace pipe.


Susan Estrich: Henry Waxman

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

My congressman has decided not to run for re-election. He's hardly unique in that respect: News accounts covering his decision describe his announcement as one more in a "wave" of retirements.

Lynn Spruill: The irrepressible Dan Camp

Posted 1/31/2014 in Local Columns

Earlier this week the Greater Starkville Development Partnership honored its members who have contributed to the community. A wide assortment of people and businesses were recognized for their volunteerism and altruism.


Kathleen Parker: The diminishing returns of a college education

Posted 1/31/2014 in National Columns

President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they're paying for.


Slimantics: Finally: A non-partisan way to actually do something about the economy

Posted 1/30/2014 in Local Columns

In the wake of the President's State of the Union address the nation's economy has become the most discussed and debated issue facing our nation today.


Susan Estrich: The state of our Union

Posted 1/30/2014 in National Columns

So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago. Who knew?


Birney Imes: Hand on heart for Pete Seeger

Posted 1/29/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday morning I turned on the radio and was greeted by the news of Pete Seeger's death. "Impossible," I thought, stunned.


Our view: For some, cold weather is far more than an inconvenience

Posted 1/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

There are some things we can all agree on and one of them is the weather over the past few days: It's been cold, very cold by Mississippi standards.



Our view: Catfish in the Alley

Posted 1/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It is a celebration that has never really established itself. It wasn't even held last year on account of bad weather, something that had plagued the event for more than one of its six previous years. The recent celebrations weren't even held at the venue it intended to commemorate.



Voice of the people: Allen Pepper



Froma Harrop: High taxes, regulations and doing fine

Posted 1/28/2014 in National Columns

"The not so Golden State" is how a recent issue of The Economist magazine tags California's business climate. It's the latest in a trove of conservative literature trying to dance around the fact that high-tax, highly regulated, bureaucratic states can be economic powerhouses. The writers deal with the "problem" by burying reality under a pile of "buts" and "howevers."



Voice of the people: George A. Swales


Voice of the people: Jeffrey C. Smith

Thanks for the item in Sunday's Dispatch; I do agree to keeping leaders of the Legislature and state offices, as well as local offices, accountable.


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