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Charlie Mitchell: Epps may do some time, but guilt is not his alone

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippians will be able to tell whether the criminal indictment faced by Christopher Epps means anything by how the 2015 edition of the Mississippi Legislature reacts.

 

Possumhaw: Havoc in the boat shed

Posted 11/17/2014 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner turned house sitter, reported all went well at the Prairie house while we were away. She had only one scare when she feared Jack, the cat, had expired on the sofa.

 

Voice of the people: Melody Vydas

As per your story on Veteran's Day about the oldest veteran in Lowndes County, I believe Dr. Robert Gilbert at age 99 years and 5 months is a WWII army vet living in Lowndes County.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jon Zarandona

Last year I wrote a letter to the editor over my dissatisfaction with the fans at Mississippi State home games.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Obamacare's 'death panel'

Posted 11/17/2014 in National Columns

So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all.

 

Ask Rufus: Choctaw baskets

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.

Birney Imes: Trees from acorns

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

In 1953 the French writer Jean Giono published a thin volume, titled, "The Man Who Planted Trees." The story's narrator, hiking alone in the south of France, comes upon a desolate, treeless valley covered in wild lavender. The year is 1910.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The gift of a permanent victory

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

It's been a beautiful fall day. I am healthy, reasonably intelligent, have good friends and a roof, albeit rusty, over my head. But I burrow, downcast, on my denim couch beneath a tiger throw, wondering why I feel so terrible about two football games. Auburn

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Some thoughts as we wait to see whether Ferguson burns

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Calling the bluff on Obamacare

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

There's this game in American politics where folks who fancy themselves conservative often condemn programs that they in fact want very much. Obamacare is one such example.

 

Dana Milbank: A 'Hail Mary' for Sen. Landrieu

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- There are many crucial items facing the lame-duck Congress, from Ebola to the Islamic State to funding the federal government.

 

Lynn Spruill: Inspired by C Spire

Posted 11/14/2014 in National Columns

Time will tell, but I do believe this year has been a monumental one for Starkville.

 

 

Our View: Mississippi and Japan, the merging of two cultures

Posted 11/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In his role as Consul General for Japan, Motohiko Kato is responsible for representing his county's interests in five Southern states -- Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

 

Slimantics: 1980 win over Tide was coronation of the King of the County Line

Posted 11/13/2014 in Local Columns

On Nov. 1, 1980, John Bond became a king and I became one of his subjects.

 

Our View: Cold weather provides an opportunity to help others

Posted 11/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Cold weather, at least what Mississippians consider to be cold weather, arrived overnight and is expected to stay with us for awhile.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Our gathering storm

Posted 11/13/2014 in National Columns

When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate.

 

 

Voice of the people: Berry Hinds

 

 

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