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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.



Kathleen Parker: Dream the American Dream in 2014

Posted 1/2/2014 in National Columns

America's capacity for optimism and hope has been boundless through much of our short history. The tangible returns of hard work, the ordered liberty sustained through community consent and opportunity honed over time to apply equally to all men and women -- these were the currency of what we called the American Dream.



Froma Harrop: Never too late to start up

Posted 1/2/2014 in National Columns

Could an aging population be good for economic growth? I mean, isn't it an accepted fact that our economy will suffer as more Americans pass age 65 and start sitting around all day, soaking up government benefits?



Voice of the people: Nan Lott


Slimantics: Frazier's firing hits close to home

Posted 12/31/2013 in Local Columns

Monday, the Minnesota Vikings fired its football coach, which normally wouldn't be of much interest in Columbus except among the most fanatic of NFL fans.


Our view: Columbus 2014, Restoring optimism should be Job 1 for city leaders

Posted 12/31/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this month, the Columbus City Council, after a two-day tour of the city's six wards, met in a retreat in an effort to identify goals for the city, both short-term and long-term.



Voice of the people: George Hazard


Possumhaw: Books 'R' Us

Posted 12/30/2013 in Local Columns

There is a man who often mails books, and when the postal clerk asks the obligatory, "Is there anything hazardous or flammable in the package?" He answers, "Yes, words."


Froma Harrop: Social Security gets more politically secure

Posted 12/30/2013 in National Columns

Proposals to raise Social Security benefits are a refreshing antidote to portrayals of the program as a mere drain on the Treasury. Details of some such plans are troubling -- for reasons I'll go into -- but the change in tone is most welcome.



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