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Thomas Sowell: Freedom is not free

Posted 3/5/2014 in National Columns

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years.

 

 

Our view: Say 'No' to non-quorum meetings

Posted 3/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

There was likely nothing sinister involved in the series of four non-quorum meetings the city council has held over the past month. The meetings, divided into two separate meetings with different council members attending each, allow the city to meet without advising the public and without either the public or media present.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Cochran camp taking lessons from Indiana ambush

Posted 3/4/2014 in Local Columns

Two years ago, citizens of the great state of Indiana had every reason to believe that Richard Lugar, their U.S. senator for 36 years, would be re-elected. But an ambush took place in the primary. The veteran Republican went down in flames. What happened?

 

 

Froma Harrop: Take me to the Mardi Gras

Posted 3/4/2014 in National Columns

This year, two big dress-up events fall in the same week. But the Academy Awards and Mardi Gras couldn't be more different. At the Hollywood party, the common people are supposed to venerate the stars. In Mardi Gras, the commoners are the stars.

 

Ask Rufus: The magnolia flag

Posted 3/3/2014 in Local Columns

Last week a magnolia flag was posted on a Columbus Facebook page with a question about its history. Several people commented on what an attractive flag it was but knew nothing about it. What is the Magnolia Flag?

Possumhaw: Crushing cracker boxes

Posted 3/3/2014 in Local Columns

The first time we met I was mesmerized by the whiteness of his hair and the blueness of his eyes. The corners of his eyes drifted into tiny lines that caused his eyes to sparkle, though no more so than his smile.

Leonard Pitts: Welcome to the new normal

Posted 3/1/2014 in National Columns

President Clinton? Maybe, if Democratic voters have their way. While the Republican faithful are split between a number of contenders and not particularly enthusiastic about any of them, a new poll finds Democrats overwhelmingly united behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy for 2016. A commanding 82 percent of the party, according to the CBS News/New York Times poll, wants to see her run.

 

Hob Bryan: Pay increase for teachers should be priority

Posted 3/1/2014 in Local Columns

As the state budget works its way through the Legislature, the news is not good for Mississippi taxpayers. As things stand, we risk losing our best teachers and state workers, all the while giving hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to everyone from shopping centers to multi-state corporations.

 

Birney Imes: To wake a sleeping bear

Posted 3/1/2014 in Local Columns

Not everyday do you run up on someone who has crawled into a bear's den, roused its hibernating inhabitant, jabbed him with a sharp stick ... and lived to tell about it. Craig Jamison is one such person, and if you were among the 800 or so folks at the wild game dinner at Fairview Baptist Thursday night, you heard his story.

 

Kathleen Parker: Obama's best hope for change

Posted 3/1/2014 in National Columns

President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color -- "My Brother's Keeper" -- is cause for cheer. It isn't that we haven't known for some time that minority boys are in trouble. Poor school performance, truancy, delinquency and, ultimately, high incarceration rates cannot be separated from the absence of fathers in many homes. Out-of-wedlock births are at 72 percent in the African American community and 53 percent among Latinos, compared with 29 percent among non-Hispanic whites.

 

 

Charles Krauthammer: Putin's Ukraine gambit

Posted 3/1/2014 in National Columns

Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century."

 

 

Our view: City, LINK should have learned from their break-up

Posted 2/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus City officials and LINK officials agreed Wednesday to work together in bringing retail development to the city, a partnership that can best be described an "off again, on again" relationship.

 

Lynn Spruill: Stepping up to the plate

Posted 2/28/2014 in Local Columns

I have discovered the world of MSU college baseball. It took a spur of the moment trip to the ballpark last season, and I was at least partially hooked. I confess I had never even been to Dudy Noble Field until the latter part of the season last year.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Newspapers stand out in a crowd of ever-increasing electronic clutter

Posted 2/27/2014 in Local Columns

I am starting to suffer from social media overload. Admittedly, I am a gizmo geek. But the proliferation of multiple social media platforms is becoming hard for even a geek to handle.

 

Slimantics: The snake-handlers in the Capitol are at it again

Posted 2/27/2014 in Local Columns

Some people never learn. Three days after the pastor of a small Kentucky church died from a rattlesnake bite during a church service, church members mourned his passing by, you guessed it, going to church and handling rattlesnakes.

 

Our view: Sales-tax holiday for guns is nothing more than political pandering

Posted 2/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill that would create something called "The Second Amendment Sales-Tax Holiday" because, well, let's face it, we simply cannot have too many guns and bullets.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Bobby Jindal comes out swinging

Posted 2/26/2014 in National Columns

This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal's off-script remarks Monday, you'd think he'd been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies' restroom.

 

 

Our view: Unity comes first

Posted 2/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Sunday, we applauded the trip made to Chattanooga by a group of community and city officials in an effort to gather ideas for redevelopment of the city of Columbus, most specifically The Island. Making the trip at their own expense suggests this was more than a junket, but an earnest effort to learn from Chattanooga, whose transformation over the past 30 years has been nothing short of remarkable.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'fairness' fraud

Posted 2/25/2014 in National Columns

It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.

 

 

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