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Our View: Law, not personal beliefs, should guide judges' actions

Posted 7/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

State law gives judges and county supervisors the right to perform civil marriage ceremonies; however, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states, many of those local officials have decided to no longer perform ceremonies for any couple.

 

 

Voice of the people: Remembering Mr. Egger

 

Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents: Why do they hover so?

Posted 7/14/2015 in Local Columns

Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs.

Shannon Bardwell: Can't never could

Posted 7/13/2015 in Local Columns

It was 1968, and the movie was "Funny Girl." Fanny Brice (played by Barbra Streisand) convinced the Broadway director she could roller skate. In the scene "Rollerskate Rag," Barbra rolls out on stage knocking down everyone in sight.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Churches have nothing to fear from same-gender ruling

Posted 7/13/2015 in Local Columns

Faced with racially integrating their swimming pools in the 1960s, many Mississippi cities locked the gates.

 

Ask Rufus: Dating a house and shooting a horse thief

Posted 7/11/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about historical research is getting side tracked.

Patrick Buchanan: A coming era of civil disobedience?

Posted 7/11/2015 in National Columns

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol.

Kathleen Parker: A new day in S.C. as the Confederate battle flag comes down

Posted 7/11/2015 in National Columns

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.

 

Voice of the people: Mississippi flag needs to be retired to museum

With our state flag rightfully being on the hit list of Confederate symbols that need to be put into museums, I look to my black friends and my 58-plus years as a proud Mississippian.

 

Birney Imes: We're lost, but we're making good time

Posted 7/11/2015 in Local Columns

We've been fighting fleas in the house for over a week now. The Yogi Berra quote above pretty much describes our progress so far. I think we've tried every eradication method short of calling an exterminator. That's going to happen Monday, I am told. Say hallelujah.

 

Kathleen Parker: A new day in S.C. as the Confederate battle flag comes down

Posted 7/11/2015 in National Columns

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner put it. But it sure seems to be leaving. As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina statehouse grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E. Lee, who surely would have raised a toast to this new day. Yes, you read correctly.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: A coming era of civil disobedience?

Posted 7/11/2015 in National Columns

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol. Calling the Commandments "religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths," the court said the monument must go.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

Slimantics: Another brick in the wall

Posted 7/10/2015 in Local Columns

Of late, all of the talk about Mississippi's list of "official" things has focused on the state's flag, which features a burning cross in its canton. Or maybe it's a Confederate flag. I forget which. It's one of those wholesome visuals, though.

Lynn Spruill: Political signs: the medium and its message

Posted 7/10/2015 in Local Columns

The Canadian futurist Marshall McLuhan was famous for the phrase, "the medium is the message." Nowhere is this more true when it comes to political signs in local races.

 

Our View: The wars of summer

Posted 7/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's summer in Mississippi and, of course, this means war.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bonnie Carew

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Trump proves GOP proclamations of mortal affront untrue

Posted 7/9/2015 in National Columns

In 2006, then-Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It was called "Operation Wetback."

 

 

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