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Kathleen Parker: Same-sex marriage can help save the institution

Posted 3/16/2013 in National Columns

More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage. First he was agnostic, then he was against it, now he's for it.

 

Ask Rufus: Work chants and cotton slides

Posted 3/16/2013 in Local Columns

Seeing the Tombigbee River filled with March rains brings to mind days long past when high water meant it was time to ship cotton to Mobile by steamboat.

Adele Elliott: And they're off ...

Posted 3/16/2013 in Local Columns

We hear a lot of people say, "I don't pay attention to politics." And, to that, I answer, "Then you get what you deserve." I am not a political reporter. I am not even a real reporter. I am just an opinion columnist who is lucky enough to have a forum for my rants and observations.

 

Leonard Pitts: Freedom to make stupid decisions

Posted 3/15/2013 in National Columns

Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world. Or perhaps you don't. Sadly enough, even in this day and age, not everyone is comic book literate.

 

 

Our view: Only in Mississippi: A bill to make schools less safe ...

Posted 3/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives sent back to the Senate a bill that would arm teachers. Before sending it over, the House, by a 70-46 vote, amended the Senate's bill in two major ways. Actually, the House did more than amend it. They neutered it.

 

 

Our view: An idea worth stealing

Posted 3/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, Columbus might be wise to toss a few bouquets in the direction of Starkville.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Rate-payers be damned

Posted 3/14/2013 in Local Columns

I attended my first Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing last week. I was not impressed.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Tattoos go mainstream

Posted 3/14/2013 in National Columns

I haven't seen the Ladies' Home Journal in about a million years, except maybe in the dentist's office when I was trying to avoid a television permanently set on Fox News. Somebody's grandchild was selling magazines for a school project, and Ladies' Home Journal was the only one on the list I recognized.

 

Slimantics: The obituary as an art form

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns

The art of writing involves showing rather than telling. The novice will write about a person being tall or beautiful or angry. The great writer will create a image of those qualities in the reader's mind. Readers don't want to be told; they want to see.

 

Kathleen Parker: Media myopia in Rome

Posted 3/13/2013 in National Columns

All things considered, I'd rather be in Rome. Isn't everyone?

 

 

Mississippi Voices: A life well lived

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Our view: Prude's parting gift

Posted 3/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

That Tommy Prude would gorge one last time at the public trough that the Columbus Municipal School District has become should hardly rate as a surprise among those who have been paying any attention at all to the machinations of the school board under his misguided leadership.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Openness respected in theory, but not in practice

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

Suppose President Obama was in a room with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Suppose they had time to kill and no one to talk to except each other. Would they have common ground for chit-chat? Yes. In a word, they agree wholeheartedly on "transparency."

 

Possumhaw: That old-time religion

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

The little church in the Prairie, Shaeffer's Chapel, had their annual Seniors Appreciation Banquet -- not seniors like high-schoolers, but seniors like seniors. The preacher shared with the crowd, "Honor your father and mother so that your days on the earth may be long."

 

Susan Estrich: Rand Paul's persistence

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns

 

 

The optical illusion of dinner with your adversaries

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Leonard Pitts: I (heart) introverts

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns

 

California nursing home incident brings to fore end-of-life issues

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

My last job before returning to Mississippi was a gig as a graveyard-shift janitor at a 55-plus living facility in Mesa, Ariz., called Venture Out. It was the sort of job you would expect a convicted felon who had gone from one minimum-wage job to another since being released from prison would have.

Ask Rufus: I Call Them Killdees

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

One day last week in a conversation with my friends Bert and Sharon Falkner, killdeers, a delightful spring and summer bird of area fields, came up. It is a bird that I have enjoyed watching since I was a child. You will remember them as the bird that acts like it has a broken wing to draw potential predators away from its nest.

 

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