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Our View: As Christmas Day approaches ...

Posted 12/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As of today, there are nine shopping days remaining before Christmas.



Froma Harrop: Charity versus panhandling

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"



Mary Sanchez: We must not let Mexico become a failed state

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

Mass protests have blocked highways, overtaken town squares and disrupted government buildings.


Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.

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.


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