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Possumhaw: Raccoons and skunks, oh my

Posted 7/15/2013 in Local Columns

A raccoon was caught in the cage and the rain was beating hard. I admit I was feeling pretty prideful as it rarely takes more than a night to catch one. Raccoons are destructive; they have to go.


Our view: The risk of taking our cues from talking heads

Posted 7/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

From the start, the Trayvon Martin tragedy was a polarizing story. It remains so today, less than 48 hours after a six-woman jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Rheta Johnson: Another flip-flop fantasy

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

A sweet young woman named Michelle painted my toenails the orange of road construction cones, a polish called Flip Flop Fantasy. I was ready to roll. The older I get, the lighter I travel.



Kathleen Parker: The GOP's principled suicide

Posted 7/13/2013 in National Columns

Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end.



Leonard Pitts: Forced sterilization is happening, is still repugnant

Posted 7/13/2013 in National Columns

As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer. "As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it. He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn't do it." The "it" is tubal ligation. He wanted to sterilize her.


Partial to Home: Pictures from an exhibition

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Thirty-five years ago this month Blewett Thomas invited me to ride over to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to visit the bluesman Johnny Shines. The day before Blewett had met Axel Kustner, a German blues enthusiast, who was visiting their mutual friend, Big Joe Williams in Crawford.


Voice of the people: Mike Rathbone

For years now, I have been trying to get the city to address, and fix, a ditch that has repeatedly flooded my mother's yard, carport room and has left water standing under the house, which I am sure is damaging the timbers of the flooring.



Roses and thorns: 7/14/13

Posted 7/13/2013 in Dispatch Editorials


Ask Rufus: Mississippi and the separation of church and state

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Today there is much discussion about prayer in schools and the separation of church and state. Very few people, though, realize the origin of that discussion and controversy. Even fewer know of the role Mississippi played in its beginning.


Our view: No excuses, fund education

Posted 7/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For three years now, the Republican Party has held control of all three branches of Mississippi's government, and if there is one consistent pattern that can be detected it is this: Any idea that lies outside the narrow confines of conservative policy is rejected on the grounds that "we can't afford it."



Kathleen Parker: Take cameras out of the courtroom

Posted 7/12/2013 in National Columns

As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.



Voice of the people: Chris Gottbrath



Voice of the people: Jason Lee


Slimantics: Columbus' Elvis, largely ignored

Posted 7/11/2013 in Local Columns

I grew up in East Tupelo, about a mile from the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Even though Elvis was at his height as a performer during my youth, Tupelo didn't make too big a deal out of Elvis in the late 1960s.


Lloyd Gray: Vigilance on voting rights

Posted 7/10/2013 in Local Columns



Voice of the people: Richard Corey



Leonard Pitts: Edward Snowden is no hero

Posted 7/10/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Transparent as mud

Posted 7/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Every year, a few words become so popular that they enter the dictionary. Last year, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added such words/phrases as "f-bomb," "sexting," "bucket list" and "aha moment."



Voice of the people: Juan Corrigan



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