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Voice of the people: Darlene Walrod

I have thought about this all weekend and simply cannot let it slide. On Friday, Jan. 10 there was an article in "Our View." I have no idea who wrote the piece, but they, glaringly, solidified their view with two words.



Voice of the people: David Owen

Talented Rufus Ward indicated in his column in Sunday's Dispatch that the British last fought the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. I rarely question Rufus' capabilities in the history category. However, here I must point out that there is currently being waged another battle of New Orleans with the British.



Wyatt Emmerich: Less government, more individual decision making

Posted 1/13/2014 in Local Columns

A new year, but some things will always stay the same. Government inefficiency is one of them. It's always easy to waste someone else's money.


Ask Rufus: The first OK?

Posted 1/12/2014 in Local Columns

Last week I was asked to explain the origin of the old saying "The Lord be willing and the creek don't rise." There are several traditions about the origin of the phrase but one clearly sticks out in my mind.

Birney Imes: All of a sudden you remember music

Posted 1/11/2014 in Local Columns

In William Saroyan's short essay "Finlandia," he writes of going into a music store in Helsinki and asking the girl working there if she knows "Finlandia," the symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Saroyan, then 27, had heard the piece five years earlier and had been haunted by it since. The girl finds the record and puts it on the turntable. She and the writer stand and listen to the music, both of them transfixed by its beauty. Afterward Saroyan asks the girl's English-speaking coworker if she knows the composer. She does and gives him a phone number.


Rheta Johnson: A vicious circle

Posted 1/11/2014 in National Columns

NEW YORK CITY -- If you can imagine a place today that would extend credit to struggling but brilliant journalists, novelists and theater people, where, say, Donna Tartt and Jon Stewart and Tina Brown might convene daily for lunch and drinks, then there might be a contemporary equivalent of The Algonquin Round Table.



Leonard Pitts: Gun nuts target one of their own

Posted 1/11/2014 in National Columns

Here is what he said: "...all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be." It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don't believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is regulated and then some. If you don't believe that, pick up your phone and ask the NSA agent tapping your line.


Kathleen Parker: Finding a new villain in the Chris Christie drama

Posted 1/11/2014 in National Columns

In the days since revelations surfaced about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office orchestrating the now-infamous George Washington Bridge lane closings, I've had at least four different reactions.


Our view: Mississippi is

Posted 1/10/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As any third-grader should know, there are 50 states in the United States. When it comes to education, Mississippi ranks 51st. You can't get any lower than that.



Lynn Spruill: Volunteer Starkville

Posted 1/10/2014 in Local Columns

Volunteer Starkville, it can be a call to action or it can be a non-profit organization. For my purposes it's both, and since we are fully into the New Year, let's revisit my resolution to actually get off my post-holiday widened rear and do actual volunteering.



Susan Estrich: Welcome to the big leagues, Gov. Christie

Posted 1/10/2014 in National Columns

Luckily for Christie, it's 2014, and so far, he's done everything right, according to the playbook for handling political scandals.



Our view: Outside firm needed in chief search

Posted 1/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The news that Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen has filed retirement papers with the city means that another police chief search is soon to come. It will be the third search for a chief since 2008.



Kathleen Parker: Inequality of language muddies debate

Posted 1/9/2014 in National Columns

In politics, it's all in how you say things. George Orwell knew what he was talking about when he described political language as "designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."



Froma Harrop: The Downton Diet

Posted 1/9/2014 in National Columns

Some enterprising writer must do a book titled "The Downton Diet." It would explain how to get and stay slim without moving a muscle, as the aristocratic women in the wildly popular British drama series demonstrate.



Our view: Adams a good pick for Starkville CAO

Posted 1/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Call it damage control. On Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen selected Taylor Adams as its new chief administrative officer. Adams will continue to keep his old jobs as city clerk and finance director until those positions can be filled.


Slimantics: The circus is in town

Posted 1/8/2014 in Local Columns

The tiny little car pulled up to the steps of the state capitol building in Jackson Tuesday. The car door swung open and 174 legislators piled out to the strains of calliope music. Yes, the 2014 Mississippi Legislature is officially in session and lawmakers are eager to get down to the serious business of seeing how much nonsense they can inflict on us during the next three months.


Thomas Sowell: The 'trickle-down' lie

Posted 1/8/2014 in National Columns

New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people "on the far right" who "continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics." According to Mayor de Blasio, "They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else."



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