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Ask Rufus: The night the cotton burned. Or did it?

Posted 11/30/2013 in Local Columns

There was a huge fire at Columbus on the night of Nov. 25, 1865. It destroyed the former Confederate Arsenal Building, which is southeast of the old Marble Works. The building had been taken over by the occupying Federal troops and was being used to store property seized as having belonged to the Confederate government.

Sarah Fowler: Columbus at its best

Posted 11/30/2013 in Local Columns

Something in the air changes as the first leaves begin to fall and the holiday season nears; we began to pay closer attention to things we take for granted the rest of the year. One of those things, the generosity of this community and its willingness to work together for a greater good, was made clear to me on Thursday.


Slim Smith: The last dinosaur

Posted 11/30/2013 in Local Columns

About two-thirds of the way through Thursday's Egg Bowl, after watching Mississippi State and Ole Miss perform their version of "Punt, Pass and Kick" minus the "punt"and "pass" parts, I left my seat in the pressbox at Davis Wade Stadium for the dining area. It was there that I discovered what it must have felt like to be the last dinosaur to roam the face of the earth.



Rheta Johnson: Thankful for a nervous Saban

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- I rarely watch those "news" videos the Internet pushes, the ones where you are force-fed a couple of advertisements before you reach the meat.



Leonard Pitts: Words of wisdom from a teen

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

You may not dance. You may not listen to music or sing. You may not read. You may not leave the house except under certain strict conditions. You may not watch movies or television. You may not aspire. You may not learn.


Kathleen Parker: On food stamps, GOP takes a principle to extremes

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

What is going on? It seems like in many (Democrat-led) government entities the best and brightest, most effective and most experienced leaders are being summarily fired by Democrat bosses, for little to no reason. President Obama has purged our military of top generals and admirals, demoralizing and weakening our Armed Forces. Why?



Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness

Posted 11/29/2013 in National Columns

For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional.



Our view: A season of grace

Posted 11/28/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

While we have added our voice to the chorus of those who lament the encroachment of Christmas on Thanksgiving Day, in another sense we find the close proximity of these two holidays most appropriate.



William Browning: The reluctant Samaritan

Posted 11/28/2013 in Local Columns

Last year I lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and at the corner store near our home there was a man who regularly sat hunched beneath a pay phone. I saw him a lot while coming home from work. He was terribly thin and always in tattered clothing. It would be O.K. to call him homeless.



Charlie Mitchell: An attitude of 'Thanksgiving' takes a lot of work

Posted 11/28/2013 in Local Columns

In a letter to a church he had founded, the Apostle Paul made a series of suggestions. One was to "pray without ceasing." Several years ago, a friend and I had a long talk about what that meant.


Slimantics: No shortage of home-grown turkeys

Posted 11/27/2013 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, Butterball, one of the nation's largest turkey suppliers, announced that it would have a shortage of large turkeys available for Thanksgiving.


Froma Harrop: 'Wild Turkey on the rocks?'

Posted 11/27/2013 in National Columns

Much we believe about turkeys is not true. Myth No. 1: They were served at the "first Thanksgiving" feast in Plymouth, Mass. There's no evidence for that.



Our view: Just say no to Gray Thursday

Posted 11/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, Mississippi State University sponsored a Thanksgiving meal for Starkville firefighters, a thoughtful way to acknowledge that while Thursday is a national holiday, there are some people who, by virtue of the work they do, cannot have the holiday off.



Froma Harrop: Obamacare: the bright side

Posted 11/26/2013 in National Columns

During the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, it's been hard to defend the law, much less to call it "great." But great it is -- for the American economy and for the American people, rich ones included.



Thomas Sowell: The war against achievement

Posted 11/26/2013 in National Columns

A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work -- unlike the record number of people living on government payments for "disabilities" that are far less serious, if not fictitious.



Voice of the people: Margaret Evans

I read with doubtful thoughts the article in Friday's paper of the upcoming retreat. Instead of spending $1500 of taxpayer's money for rental of Plymouth Bluff and Hardwick's fee, why couldn't they have had the retreat at the Trotter Center.


Possumhaw: A day with the ladybugs

Posted 11/25/2013 in Local Columns

One ladybug chased the other, and this made me think that perhaps I had captured a male and a female. I'm no entomologist, but I'm thinking maybe.


Wyatt Emmerich: When your government becomes the enemy

Posted 11/25/2013 in Local Columns

It's a strange feeling when you see your journalistic work wind up in the book of a leading presidential candidate.



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