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Slimantics: Saturday Night Live: The best cast ever

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year with a 3 1/2-hour prime time special Sunday evening.

Possumhaw: Just about time for serious fishing

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

As the days grow longer and the sun shines warmer and the occasional temperatures tip 70 degrees, a retired man's fancy turns to fishing.

Ask Rufus: When the bridge opened

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.

Birney Imes: David Carr's grand caper

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.


Voice of the people: Two historic churches



Voice of the people: Appreciation of police officers



Leonard Pitts: Judge Roy Moore stands on the wrong side of history ... again

Posted 2/14/2015 in National Columns

In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, were attempting to register. In facing down three federal officials demanding that he stand aside and honor a court order allowing the registration to proceed, the bantam governor of Alabama sought to make good on a noxious promise: "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."



Charlie Mitchell: Bryant making good on pledge for tighter controls

Posted 2/14/2015 in National Columns

OXFORD -- In the aftermath of prison kickback arrests, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is keeping his pledge to seek tighter controls. Two bills passed the Senate unanimously last week, wining immediate praise from Bryant. One would remove leasing prison farmland from Mississippi Department of Corrections control and the other would move the Inmate Welfare Fund (proceeds from canteen sales) away from MDOC and to the state treasurer.


Wyatt Emmerich: Finding homes for children

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Newscaster Maggie Wade is passionate about what she calls her true calling: Finding permanent, loving families for Mississippi's foster children. Her program, Wednesday's Child, has found homes for 7,000 children. She has received hundreds of humanitarian awards for her efforts.


Our View: Mixed emotions prevail as Borsig moves on

Posted 2/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Borsig ... sort of.



Wyatt Emmerich: A bill long overdue

Posted 2/13/2015 in Local Columns

State representative Jerry Turner from Baldwyn knows about competition.


Lynn Spruill: Candidates for public office should make their case publicly

Posted 2/13/2015 in Local Columns

We will soon be voting once again for county and state offices.


Our View: Jon Stewart's impact transcends comedy

Posted 2/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When Jon Stewart revealed Tuesday he was leaving the show that made him famous -- Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" -- after 16 years, thoughts turned immediately to his legacy.



Dana Milbank: John McCain sees a world on fire

Posted 2/12/2015 in National Columns

John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman's gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month.



Our View: Making high school more relevant

Posted 2/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Philip Hickman laid out a new program he hopes will inspire students to stay in school and prompt them to make the connection between school and careers.



Leonard Pitts: Brian Williams' lies are not equal to those of Fox 'News'

Posted 2/11/2015 in National Columns

There's this speech I give my students.


Slimantics: All quiet on the Western (Ala.) front

Posted 2/10/2015 in Local Columns

Monday was an historic day in many parts of Alabama, but a day of disappointment in others.


Michael Gerson: Condemning Islam is the wrong course

Posted 2/10/2015 in National Columns

Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be "twisted and misused in the name of evil."


Possumhaw: The eye of the red-tailed hawk

Posted 2/9/2015 in Local Columns

It was an early, frosty morning and a lone deer fed in the field. You have to wonder why it nibbled at the cold, dead grass. Soon, another joined it and then another. In the distance they looked like shadows on the pale, icy ground.


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