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Ask Rufus: Christmas dinner

Posted 12/21/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday Karen and I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a couple of last minute items for next week's Christmas dinner. Several hours later while stuck in traffic I pondered on Christmas dinner in times past.


Lynn Spruill: Mississippi gives

Posted 12/20/2013 in Local Columns

Early one morning this week, as I was preparing for the day, I heard a startling pronouncement from a television personality for a promotional piece on Christmas giving. The announcer stated flatly that Mississippi led the nation in giving.



Our view: Achievements worthy of celebration

Posted 12/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Each winter and spring, as graduates file into arenas for commencement exercises at colleges and universities across the country, we are awed by select group of graduates whose achievements stand apart from their peers.



Our view: Billboards on city property is a bad idea

Posted 12/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 4 councilman Marty Turner proposed a change to the city's signage ordinance to allow the addition of billboards, including large electronic ones, on city rights of way.



Kathleen Parker: Dreaming of a penguin Christmas

Posted 12/19/2013 in National Columns

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. And a penguin?



Our view: Bryant's empty words

Posted 12/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued an executive order on the subject of public education. If ever there was a case of speaking much and saying little, this is it.



Susan Estrich: The judge and the NSA

Posted 12/18/2013 in National Columns

I suspect the NSA may have thought they got lucky when one of the first post-Edward Snowden cases to challenge their phone metadata collection was assigned to Judge Richard Leon on the federal district court in Washington, D.C. After all, Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush after a long career, much of it spent working for Republicans in Washington.



Charlie Mitchell: Santa selective in whether to grant holiday wishes

Posted 12/18/2013 in Local Columns

It was the strangest thing. I was walking down the sidewalk, minding my own business, when a passing mail truck hit a pothole and out flew a bunch of letters. I gathered them up -- all were letters to Santa, with his responses penned across the bottom -- but the truck had trundled out of sight. Anyway, just sharing ...


Wyatt Emmerich: Two speakers, two different reactions

Posted 12/16/2013 in Local Columns

I heard two interesting political figures speak last week: one state and one national.

Possumhaw: Home remedy for the common cold

Posted 12/16/2013 in Local Columns

The Bardwells were cooped up on the weekend with colds. Since Sam and I were both sick we scratched around the house looking for something we could do. We wrote Christmas cards, wrapped presents, watched football games and a Christmas movie while passing the Kleenex box back and forth.


Thomas Sowell: Christmas books

Posted 12/16/2013 in National Columns

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.


Ask Rufus: Barbecue, buccaneers and six bits a dollar

Posted 12/14/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday night while I was downtown enjoying wassail, several people asked me the same question; "What are you writing about for Sunday?" I got some strange looks when I replied that my topic was that this was the month to celebrate pork barbecue in Mississippi.


Birney Imes: William Winter is in the building

Posted 12/14/2013 in Local Columns

"William went that way, he's looking at pictures." Trey Porter of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is talking. It's Wednesday afternoon and he and William Winter have driven up from Jackson to talk about two museums under construction in the capital, a state history museum and a civil rights museum.



Our view: A troubling practice

Posted 12/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the beginning, there was Genesis. On Aug. 21, 2008, the Columbus Municipal School District, through its food service operator Aramark, catered an event for 100 people for Genesis Church. The $800 price included $254.48 in wages paid to school district employees.


Kathleen Parker: House Republicans rise up against the right wing

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

'Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck." Miraculous.


Charles Krauthammer: Obama the oblivious

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."



Froma Harrop: How we really feel about economic inequality

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right. The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 -- and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.


Slimantics: All the news that's fit to watch?

Posted 12/13/2013 in Local Columns

Because I take my responsibility as an American citizen seriously, I recognize that it is essential that I keep abreast of the important news of the day. There is no substitute for an informed citizenry, after all. That is why, in addition to reading newspapers, I am also careful to watch TV news, not only the network newscasts but the cable news networks, too.


Voice of the people: Delbert Hosemann



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