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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."



Voice of the people: Berry Hinds



Voice of the people: Saul Vydas



Our view: Sales tax bill makes sense for city, county residents alike

Posted 1/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As the Legislature begins its 2014 session, city officials around the state will be watching closely the progress on a bill that would allow city residents an opportunity to raise money for infrastructure improvements through a temporary sales tax increase.



Froma Harrop: About the people who serve us

Posted 1/7/2014 in National Columns

A New York voice boomed from the back of the long car rental line: "Wha'd they do, lay off half the people?" One of my thoughts no doubt shared by fellow detainees waiting, waiting at the big-name car rental office at a Florida airport.



Charlie Mitchell: Parents have power to ignite imagination, learning

Posted 1/6/2014 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Department of Education already assigns letter grades -- "A" to "F" -- to public schools and school districts. Why not close the loop and give each parent a grade, too? Maybe require a bumper sticker, too? That would be radical, too radical, really.


Possumhaw: Y'all, you guys, you-ans

Posted 1/6/2014 in Local Columns

The Prairie house became a B&B throughout the holidays. Family members returned again and again, sheets and towels ran continually through the Maytag, decaf or high octane coffee was served with or without cream and sugar, and a continual flow of baked goods streamed in through the front door, compliments of the neighbors.

Slim Smith: Phrases I would like to ban

Posted 1/4/2014 in Local Columns

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces its "word of the year." This year, the word is "selfie," which is a photo someone takes of himself or herself, most often to post on social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram.


Mitch Albom: Pastor forgives attacker, and finds new way to live

Posted 1/4/2014 in National Columns

Thirty-seven stabs. Thirty-seven cuts by a knife. Twice to his throat. Six times to his spine. Seven times to his shoulder. A slice to his abdomen that ripped him open like a fish.



Leonard Pitts: Idiocy is not a First Amendment offense

Posted 1/4/2014 in National Columns

Fair warning: This is about the "Duck Dynasty" controversy. Yes, I know. I'm sick of it, too.



Kathleen Parker: There they go again

If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore. And that's just in the Republican Party. Democrats must be giddy.



Voice of the people: Thinks minimum wage should be abolished



Voice of the people: City officials and cable increases


Slimantics: Demonizing the poor not a solution to state's problems

Posted 1/3/2014 in Local Columns

It is a simple question, and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, got it wrong. Does the U.S. Constitution protect the rights of all citizens? Or do people who receive federal or state assistance forfeit those rights? Are they lesser citizens because of their need for help?


Susan Estrich: Three cheers for an independent judiciary

Posted 1/3/2014 in National Columns

My friend Greg Jarrett from Fox News was the first to point out the irony. A few days earlier, I had made the point that it was a George W. Bush appointee on the federal bench who struck down the National Security Agency surveillance program that the Bush administration (as well as the Obama administration) relied upon. Three cheers for an independent judiciary.



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