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Possumhaw: 'Now I lay me down to sleep'

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tom had a hard day at work. After supper he spent a few hours watching TV before bed. Two hours later Tom heard the sound of frogs bellowing in the night; the sound got louder and louder, filling the room. A light bounced off the ceiling while Tom dreamt giant amphibians leaped across his bed in the moonlight.

Ask Rufus: From Irish linen to Cuban cigars

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.

 

Voice of the people: Digital sign needs to come down

 

 

Voice of the people: Enriching lives

 

 

Local voices/Ben C. Toledano: A taxpayer demands accountability

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

While I was visiting a friend the other day, he made a point of showing me his ad valorem tax bill for 2014 and insisted I read it, especially the amount allocated to the Columbus public school system. "Look at this," he said, "over half of what I'm charged is for the schools, and what do I get for my money?"

 

Jill Lawrence: We need to talk about guns, whether the NRA likes it or not

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

The medical community has been no match for the National Rifle Association for decades. By the time Congress leaves town for the holidays, we'll know if senators have shown an ounce of courage or if the NRA has bagged one more trophy. Either way, we won't get the high-stakes discussion we need about guns.

 

Dana Milbank: Jonathan Gruber's bad day

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- A gaffe, under the oft-cited Michael Kinsley rule, is when somebody in Washington accidentally speaks the truth. But what happens when frankness leads you to say something so monumentally stupid -- the verbal equivalent of a pratfall, a face-plant into a mud pit -- that "gaffe" doesn't cover it?

 

 

Clarence Page: Racial strife can lead to progress

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

Big city mayors have to stay as neutral as possible when asked about disputes between their citizens and the police. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found his voice in a profoundly moving way when he responded not as a mayor, but as a parent.

 

 

Our View: New school offers cause for optimism

Posted 12/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

With little fanfare, the Mississippi Department of Education has revealed its plans to open a new kind of high school next fall.

 

Lynn Spruill: The plight of women

Posted 12/12/2014 in Local Columns

Recently this paper ran a story with a picture that was, to say the least, disturbing and arresting in its portrayal of human cruelty.

Slimantics: What the Governor won't tell MUW grads

Posted 12/11/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be the speaker at Friday's commencement exercises at Mississippi University for Women.

 

Our View: Public deserves clarity on textbook issue

Posted 12/10/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The continuing saga of the Columbus Municipal School District's textbook fiasco has raised unsettling questions.

 

Anne's Kitchen: Great bites for the holidays

Posted 12/10/2014 in Local Columns

At a reception held at the Rosenzweig Arts Center during the most recent Decorative Arts Forum I could hardly tear myself away from the table where a huge bowl was stacked with twisted strips of brown sugar bacon.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: Hollywood steps outside its comfort zone

Posted 12/10/2014 in National Columns

As "Wild" goes into wide release, a sacred Hollywood idea will be put to the test -- and, hopefully, it will flunk.

 

 

Our View: A welcome and long-overdue movement

Posted 12/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Michael Gerson: An act of exceptional recklessness

Posted 12/9/2014 in National Columns

With the apparently imminent release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let's consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

 

 

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