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Voice of the people: Robin Thompson

 

Possumhaw: Chiggers, mosquitoes, ants, oh my

Posted 7/28/2014 in Local Columns

The Prairie is not always paradise. Momma used to say, "I'm glad not everybody likes the same thing 'cause then everybody'd want my Henry." Dad wasn't named Henry, but we got the point.

 

Voice of the people: Nancy Randolph Hoffmann

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Skewed statistics and the benefits of fiber optic access

Posted 7/28/2014 in National Columns

Mark Twain complained that there were lies, damn lies and statistics. I've also heard that 90 percent of statistics are wrong. This comes to mind when thinking about a recent study published in Forbes magazine that rates Mississippi number one in the nation for government corruption.

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus' early log houses

Posted 7/26/2014 in Local Columns

As might be expected, the earliest houses constructed in the upper Tombigbee River Valley were constructed mostly of log. The term "log cabin," though, is not a very good description of many of the log structures that were built.

Birney Imes: Summer rain

Posted 7/26/2014 in Local Columns

When it started raining I walked down off the railroad tracks through briars into a dense stand of sweet gum. This will be just fine. Just like the deer I had seen near the trestle would likely do, I'll wait out the storm here under the trees.

Roses and thorns: 7/27/14

Posted 7/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A rose to Main Street Columbus for another successful "Sounds of Summer" concert series at the Riverwalk.

 

Other Editors: A risk we don't need to take

Posted 7/26/2014 in National Columns

It appears the Mississippi Development Authority has come to its senses on the subject of drilling in the Mississippi Sound and near the barrier islands.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Selfies in Auschwitz -- and why it's wrong

Posted 7/26/2014 in National Columns

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

 

Susan Estrich: The American way of death

Posted 7/26/2014 in National Columns

I will readily admit that I have been all over the map when it comes to the death penalty.

 

Rheta Johnson: A New York yankee in King Cotton's court

Posted 7/26/2014 in Local Columns

They say that the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends at Vicksburg, Mississippi's, Catfish Row.

 

 

Our View: Getting at the root of poverty

Posted 7/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Figures from a U.S. Census Report paint a grim picture of life in the Golden Triangle. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies "poverty areas" as census tracts with a 20 percent poverty rate or higher. According to this definition the entire Golden Triangle region is a poverty area.

 

Lynn Spruill: A practice that's got to stop

Posted 7/25/2014 in Local Columns

On the agenda of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, was a payment for Carver Drive. Alderman Perkins voted against paying for that work already accomplished on his ward's most significant project. Joining him was Alderman Vaughn. Why?

 

Voice of the people: Paul Ackerman

 

 

Michael Gerson: The dystopia next door

Posted 7/25/2014 in National Columns

In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre -- the dystopian youth novel -- and considerable controversy.

 

 

Our View: CAFB's ranking does not diminish our affection

Posted 7/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A story in the July 21 edition of Air Force Times is certain to cause some hurt feelings in our community. In the story, Columbus Air Force based was ranked in a tie for "third least popular" of the 68 USAF bases in the U.S.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Is the medium the menace?

Posted 7/24/2014 in National Columns

An aspiring rapper posts his lyrics on Facebook, suggesting a Halloween costume with his estranged wife's "head on a stick."

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A nation divided, with liberty and justice for some

Posted 7/24/2014 in National Columns

It swallowed people up. That's what it really did, if you want to know the truth. It swallowed them up whole, swallowed them up by the millions.

 

 

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