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Birney Imes: Alfred Walker's century plant puts on a show

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

Saturday morning Wendell Rinehart and Alfred Walker were shooting the breeze in the den of Walker's ranch-style home on Martin Luther King Drive. Man cave might be a more apt description of the room, which sports a bar, shag carpet and a large glass table laden with glossy sports magazines. The wall-mounted TV was tuned to an ESPN NFL preview.

Ask Rufus: The red and blue of Mississippi A & M

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

With State playing in the College World Series this weekend, college baseball games of long ago come to mind. Even at the turn of the 19th century the rivalry between State and Ole Miss was fierce and in Oxford Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (State's name back then) was called the "school for cow pullers." In the spring of 1897 the Red and Blue of Mississippi A & M played University (Ole Miss) a baseball game in Columbus.

 

Kathleen Parker: Googled to tears

Posted 6/15/2013 in National Columns

At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!" Without disturbing my mascara, I replied: "Anonymity." She looked befuddled.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: The curse of Redskins

Posted 6/15/2013 in National Columns

See if this makes sense to you: For years, I've argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don't understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say it's just a friendly fraternal greeting.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Willie, Red, Jack and the boys

Posted 6/15/2013 in National Columns

GUTHRIE, Ky. -- When determined women form a committee, move out of the way and take cover. Something's going to happen. What happened here was the salvation of a so-called railroad bungalow on a corner lot. It was about to be sold and moved, red brick by red brick, to the university over in Bowling Green, but the ladies of Guthrie galvanized and said: "Wait just a minute. This is ours."

 

 

Susan Estrich: Bob Tur's public life

Posted 6/14/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Celebrate Father's Day, if you insist ...

Posted 6/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday is Father's Day or, as the nation's florists like to call it, "vacation." If Father's Day does not typically produce the depth of emotion that always accompanies Mother's Day, it should not be taken as proof that moms are more loved or more important than dads.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Jones Hackett

 

Slimantics: Legislature: Just say 'no' to drug courts

Posted 6/13/2013 in Local Columns

Our elected officials have had plenty to say recently about the need for Mississippi to improve its education. A good place to start would be at the Legislature itself, which seems to have no grasp of the basic concepts of math.

 

Charlie Mitchell: High school newspapers

Posted 6/13/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Susan Estrich: Privacy matters

Posted 6/12/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our View: Content, not color

Posted 6/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board ended in much the same fashion as the special meeting held last week: Nothing was done. But much happened.

 

 

Our view: CMSD Board: A lack of institutional control?

Posted 6/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In college athletics, when evidence emerges that a coach has committed serious offenses, the NCAA (the governing body of college athletics) focuses its attention not only on the coach and the athletic department, but on the university's administration as well. The most serious finding that can result in these cases is something the NCAA calls "lack of institutional control," a charge that ensures the harshest of penalties.

 

 

Local Voices: The power of art in education

Posted 6/10/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Remember Evers by understanding goals that guided him

Posted 6/10/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: A good place to be

Posted 6/10/2013 in Local Columns

After half-a century I feel I've finally gotten to the place I'm meant to be. It's not so much a physical place as it is an-everything-else place. It's a comfortable place where there's a lot less striving.

Birney Imes: Farmers' market ramble

Posted 6/8/2013 in Local Columns

Had you been at the Hitching Lot Farmers Market Saturday morning you might have seen a young woman in a long, hot pink skirt carrying a small pig. Not to be outdone, the pig had a bright pink halter and matching leash.

 

Selden Lambert: A blip a the polls

Tuesday afternoon I went to the polls at Union Academy to cast my vote. I expected to be in and out in about six minutes as usual as the crowd was light.

 

 

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