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Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.

Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

While dining out with friends Friday evening, the husband let it be known he would like to have a Corvette. We're about the same age, well past the mid-life crisis marker. It's not a crisis if it's something you've always wanted, I suppose.

Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe. The Cuban-American legislator, addressing a roomful of reporters and photographers in the Capitol, chopped the air with his right hand, fired off terse answers to questions and, frequently raising his voice, spat insults at the Obama administration:

 

Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as population increased by about 1 billion.

 

 

Jill Lawrence:Ready for Hillary and Jeb to declare their independence

Posted 12/20/2014 in National Columns

If you need proof that upward mobility in America is increasingly elusive, consider the prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush presidential race. A second President Clinton or a third President Bush would send the depressing message that Barack Obama's classic American Dream ascent was a fluke.

 

Lynn Spruill: Universal language

Posted 12/19/2014 in Local Columns

For those who have had some biblical background, the tower of Babel is a well-known account in Genesis about the efforts of man to construct a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

 

Our View: Finding a successor for Mr. Lewis

Posted 12/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Greg Lewis' decision to step down from his position at the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees did not come without careful deliberation.

 

 

Michael Gerson: For a politics of repair

Posted 12/19/2014 in National Columns

The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.

 

 

Our View: More questions than answers on Cadence building for SPD

Posted 12/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

By fits and starts, the city of Starkville is proceeding with its plans to purchase the Cadence Bank Building.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: If teaching is a profession, let professionals do it

Posted 12/18/2014 in Local Columns

I know what Mississippi teachers want for Christmas.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Pottersville goes online

Posted 12/18/2014 in National Columns

What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones?

 

 

Our View: Debate, decision on billboard represent city's best interests

Posted 12/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus City council voted to maintain its 14-year-old moratorium on new billboards in the city limits after discussing the issue for the past two months.

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: The California lady lights the dark

Posted 12/17/2014 in National Columns

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat, could not be bullied by the dark CIA.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Tortured reasoning

Posted 12/17/2014 in National Columns

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture."

 

 

Our View: As Christmas Day approaches ...

Posted 12/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As of today, there are nine shopping days remaining before Christmas.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Charity versus panhandling

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"

 

 

Mary Sanchez: We must not let Mexico become a failed state

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

Mass protests have blocked highways, overtaken town squares and disrupted government buildings.

 

Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.

Possumhaw: 'Now I lay me down to sleep'

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tom had a hard day at work. After supper he spent a few hours watching TV before bed. Two hours later Tom heard the sound of frogs bellowing in the night; the sound got louder and louder, filling the room. A light bounced off the ceiling while Tom dreamt giant amphibians leaped across his bed in the moonlight.

 

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