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Ask Rufus: Nashville

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

A question arose last week about Nashville. Not Nashville, Tennessee, but Nashville, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

 

Rheta Johnson: Saints and sinners

Posted 5/31/2014 in National Columns

SALT LAKE CITY -- Everybody talks about religion here, though people come at it a couple of ways. Nobody seems to shy from the subject, though only about half the city is Mormon.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' goes too far

Posted 5/31/2014 in National Columns

To hear tell, the mean ol' GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America's children. Got it? The newest war on women and children relates to the first lady's well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise known as the Dumpster Derby.

 

Birney Imes: Aretha's garden

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

Elbert came in the back door shaking his head. "You ought to go see that cabbage; it's as big as a tire." Elbert Ellis is the maintenance person here at The Dispatch. He doesn't get excited easily. "Down at the Shell station," he said, pointing east.

 

Froma Harrop: The housing bust and the American psyche

Posted 5/31/2014 in National Columns

Real estate mania lives on at the HGTV cable channel, where house shoppers still holler for granite on their kitchen islands and his-and-her sinks in their en suite bathrooms. But in the non-TV reality of middle-class America, the bloom is definitely off the real estate rose.

 

 

Our view: Cochran is the clear choice

Posted 5/31/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our View: An ounce of prevention

Posted 5/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Benjamin Franklin was right, of course: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

Lynn Spruill: The apprentice system

Posted 5/30/2014 in Local Columns

The concept of an apprenticeship has always made absolute sense to me. I can actually remember when such skills as blacksmithing or carpentry came from a history of family work.

 

Susan Estrich: Name brands

Posted 5/30/2014 in National Columns

You've got a Nunn running in Georgia, a Pryor in Arkansas and a Landrieu in Louisiana.

 

 

Our View: Where's the list?

Posted 5/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During its May 20 meeting, the Columbus City Council voted to table a proposal to pursue $5 million bond to improve the city's infrastructure, money used primarily for street paving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Stakes are seriously high in Cochran-McDaniel primary

Posted 5/29/2014 in Local Columns

"These are the times that try men's souls," Thomas Paine wrote two days before Christmas 1776. America had declared itself free of England six months earlier, but the British army was mighty. Many rebels were feeling, well, less rebellious.

 

 

Our View: Lowndes County has a real stake in food stamp debate

Posted 5/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the use of food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has revealed an interesting paradox in Lowndes County.

 

 

Voice of the people: Roger Short

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Enough slaughter

Posted 5/28/2014 in National Columns

I am running out of words.

 

Possumhaw: Scenes from the porch

Posted 5/27/2014 in Local Columns

Nature is remarkably active in the mornings. Taking some time for quiet meditation, I noticed nature has not done the same.

 

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Posted 5/27/2014 in National Columns

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care?

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Fair warning, provoking a thought is literature's job

Posted 5/27/2014 in National Columns

Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.

 

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day

Posted 5/24/2014 in Local Columns

Much has been written about, and many towns have claimed to be, the birthplace pf Memorial Day. The U.S. Veteran's Administration reports that more than 24 towns claim to be the birthplace of this weekend's celebration.

 

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