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Charlie Mitchell: Treating symptoms not the same as curing disease

Posted 1/27/2014 in Local Columns

There is still no cure for the common cold. Medicine-sellers offer us lots of choices to calm the symptoms -- a spray for congestion, a pill for aches, a syrup to comfort the cough. But no elixir exists to stop a cold in its tracks.


Possumhaw: Illegal tail feathers

Posted 1/27/2014 in Local Columns

My wildlife biologist brother spent some time with us over the holidays. Coming through the door, he said, "Being the creative type, I saw something that you might want, but you have to tell me right now so I can go get it."

Ask Rufus: Mississippi's first pro football team: The Columbus Warriors

Posted 1/25/2014 in Local Columns

It's Super bowl time and conversations turn to professional football. While Mississippi has never had an NFL team, there have been pro football teams from minor or indoor leagues.


Lynn Spruill: What I miss

Posted 1/25/2014 in Local Columns

People often ask me if I am still flying. When I say no, the next question is, "Don't you miss it?" My answer may sound unpleasantly snobbish, but it really isn't meant to be. I have not stayed current (the term for being licensed and eligible to legally fly an airplane) and I have no plans to get back in the air anytime soon, if at all.



Leonard Pitts: On race, conservatives are silent

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes, you get the feeling that's the only King quote conservatives know.



Kathleen Parker: Mike Huckabee's mis-conceptions

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really? Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, talk-show host and erstwhile Baptist preacher, was trying to demythologize the alleged GOP "war on women" so brilliantly defined by Democrats in 2012.


Charles Krauthammer: Stop jerking Canada around

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

Fixated as we Americans are on Canada's three most attention-getting exports -- polar vortexes, Alberta clippers and the antics of Toronto's addled mayor -- we've somewhat overlooked a major feature of Canada's current relations with the United States: extreme annoyance.


Our view: Link, city spat could have been avoided

Posted 1/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Like the drunk who picks fights with his wife as a pretense for storming out and heading for the corner bar, the Golden Triangle Development Link left Columbus in a huff Thursday.



Leonard Pitts: If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Period.

Posted 1/24/2014 in National Columns

"But it works." That, in three syllables, has been the go-to argument of the last two presidential administrations to justify assaulting civil liberties in the name of rooting out terrorists.



Our view: A prudent strategy

Posted 1/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometimes the best step forward requires taking a step back. On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council appeared to be set to enter a three-year contract with a commercial consulting firm at the urging of Councilman Charlie Box.


Slimantics: Carver, Perkins, Vaughn unlikely leaders of the LGBT parade

Posted 1/23/2014 in Local Columns

Someday, when the story of the LGBT struggle for Civil Right in Mississippi is told, people such as Ben Carver, Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn will be regarded as pioneers of the movement.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

According to Wyatt Emmerich Mississippi is vastly improving fiscally and in government accountability and openness under Republican leadership.


Our view: What we can learn from dolphins

Posted 1/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In studies of bottlenose dolphins, marine biologists have discovered something interesting about their behavior toward sick or injured pod mates.


Wyatt Emmerich: Fiscal responsibility to be focus of upcoming legislative session

Posted 1/22/2014 in Local Columns

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current Legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.



Voice of the people: Sanders Weatherby Sr.



Voice of the people: Berry Hinds


Outtakes: Harper recovers well from surgery

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

He is a Labrador retriever and anyone who owns one will understand this. Harper, my dog, eats stuff. When it comes to what, he does not discriminate.


Our view: A step we all must take

Posted 1/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In America, we set aside special days to commemorate, reflect and renew our resolve about a subject. These national holidays come and go, but often the fervor the holiday ignites is gone as quickly as the holiday itself.



Froma Harrop: Is West Virginia a cult?

Posted 1/21/2014 in National Columns

After decades of suffering environmental torture at the hands of polluting industries, West Virginians might regard a chemical spill that poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 residents -- and is still scaring folks after the dangers have presumably passed -- as a last straw. But there never seems to be a last straw for them.



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