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Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Books you might not have heard about

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

Blockbuster books like "Wild" and "Gone Girl" get so much attention that we forget other authors are out there busting their blocks trying to sell a few stories written without murders and mayhem. I received a couple of quietly wonderful books as gifts, and I have to share the news in case The Times neglects to review them. They deserve attention, too.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: In 2014, the joke's on us

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.

 

Bill Press: Black men: beware of police officers

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!"

Lynn Spruill: Cadence building a white elephant for Starkville taxpayers

Posted 1/2/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen has slowed down the Cadence train, but it remains on the tracks despite all the evidence that it should be derailed.

 

Dana Milbank: America's Slacktivist generation

Posted 1/2/2015 in National Columns

I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies.

 

 

Our View: Perspective eases sting of defeat for Bulldogs, Rebels

Posted 1/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Clearly, the college football season is far too long.

 

 

Our View: Our wishes for 2015

Posted 12/31/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The New Year has not yet arrived, although we can see it poking its head up just beyond the horizon.

 

 

Voice of the people: Richard Mullenax

 

 

Michael Gerson: Gearing up for 2016

Posted 12/31/2014 in National Columns

One outcome of and proof for ideological polarization is the way it has made stalwarts appear like centrists.

 

 

Our View: 2015: Looking forward with optimism

Posted 12/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tomorrow will be the last day of 2014. How you view the year depends largely on what happened on a personal level.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Will 'law and order' believers adhere to the law?

Posted 12/30/2014 in Local Columns

It's not unfair to say good government supports law and order, is it?

 

 

Mitch Albom: Erasing Bill Cosby with the speed of light

Posted 12/30/2014 in National Columns

Ever since Bill Cosby was accused by one, then two, then four, then almost uncountable women of everything from unwelcome kissing to flat-out rape, the one reaction I can't quite figure is TV Land pulling "The Cosby Show" reruns from its air.

 

Possumhaw: Pursuing tranquility in 2015

Posted 12/29/2014 in Local Columns

Born in 1899, Gladys Tabor was a writer and a columnist for Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle. If Gladys were alive today I'm sure she'd be my best friend. Taken from "Stillmeadow Sampler," published in 1957 Gladys' words speak to the coming year ...

 

Voice of the people: Danielle McGee

With so many negative views of young men in the community, I think this is worthy of mention.

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: A young dove of peace

Posted 12/29/2014 in National Columns

A young dove of peace with dreams in her eyes almost got shot down. A schoolgirl named Malala has lessons for us all. She's just joined the rare company of female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai, a champion for girls' education, was shot and almost slain for speaking out in her country, Pakistan.

 

 

Other Editors: Fisher looks like a good choice to succeed Epps

Posted 12/29/2014 in National Columns

Considering Marshall Fisher's credentials, Gov. Phil Bryant probably couldn't have made a better appointment to lead the scandal-ridden Mississippi Department of Corrections.

 

Ask Rufus: A Columbus New Years 175 years ago

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.

 

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