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Froma Harrop: Moral hazard and nature

Posted 7/5/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Starkville fires most competent employee

Posted 7/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Flat Earth Consul, otherwise known as the Starkville Board of Aldermen, held its first official meeting Tuesday and immediately began its War on Competence, voting 5-2 to fire Lynn Spruill as the city's chief administrative officer.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Court's decision may cause races to talk to each other

Posted 7/2/2013 in Local Columns

 

Slimantics: Football, Deen and Liddell

Posted 7/2/2013 in Local Columns

I've been thinking a lot recently about Paula Deen and Martha Liddell and the strange phenomenon that ties the two together. Both have been in the news recently -- Deen on the national stage and Liddell here in Columbus.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

RIP Tony Soprano

Posted 6/29/2013 in Local Columns

The British know. Their television and movie stars are like real people, except they can act. They look normal, with blemishes. Think Shirley Valentine, or Young Mister Grace. A few are pretty, some not so much. Acting trumps beauty.

 

 

Nationalized gay marriage, now inevitable

Posted 6/29/2013 in National Columns

Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages even in states that have legalized it. This week, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional. There are two possible grounds, distinct and in some ways contradictory, for doing so. The curious thing about the court's DOMA decision is that it contains both rationales.

 

 

A few reasons why 'cracker' doesn't compare to the N-word

Posted 6/29/2013 in National Columns

The trial of George Zimmerman, accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, inevitably and quickly devolved into a contest of who is more racist -- the victim or the accused? The question was inevitable because the prosecution is basing its case largely on the suggestion that Zimmerman profiled the 17-year-old African American, allegedly deciding he was a potential threat by virtue of his race.

 

And history was made

Posted 6/29/2013 in Local Columns

By 4 o'clock that Friday afternoon, the Mississippi State bulldogs had won their way into the championship game at the College World Series; by 5 o'clock the Bardwells were packing. "This is history being made. This may never happen again in our lifetime!" Sam said.

 

The new council's first best move

Posted 6/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night, a new Columbus city council will convene for its first meeting. In reality, there's not much new about this group since Marty Turner is the lone new council member.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Political stops and starts

Posted 6/28/2013 in National Columns

 

Slimantics: Three 'F's for Frazier: Faith, family, friends

Posted 6/28/2013 in Local Columns

Finally, the dirt on Leslie Frazier. Thursday, Frazier returned to his native Columbus, serving as keynote speaker at a fundraiser held at the Trotter Convention Center for the Mayors Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon.

 

Our view: MSU fans have much to celebrate

Posted 6/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

By Friday afternoon -- when the last out of Mississippi State's 4-1 win over Oregon State had secured the Bulldogs a spot in the College World Series championship series, the river of excitement produced by Mississippi State's baseball team had become a torrent.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Posted 6/27/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Froma Harrop: Those who abuse their health

Posted 6/27/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Susan Estrich: How dare you use the same information everybody else is to fight terrorism

Posted 6/26/2013 in National Columns

 

Slimantics: Mississippi: Where the Grapes of Wrath are stored

Posted 6/26/2013 in Local Columns

I'm probably the only person in Mississippi that feels sort of sorry for ESPN commentator Mike Patrick today. I doubt the ESPN commentator meant any offense with an off-the-cuff remark about Mississippi State's enormous following at the College World Series made during the broadcast of Monday's Mississippi State-UCLA game.

 

Marty Wiseman: Taking a break from it all

Posted 6/25/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Froma Harrop: Fighting the stadium con: Go Brazilians!

Posted 6/25/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: The dog of summer

Posted 6/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A Mississippi summer is like a hungry dog that's been scolded away from the dinner table: It sort of inches up on us, hoping we won't notice until one day we feel its hot, wet breath and know it's here.

 

 

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