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Dana Milbank: At last, a Benghazi hearing without rancor

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- When Trey Gowdy got the job to run the House's new Benghazi select committee, there was good reason to fear bad things.



Voice of the people: Letter to a town

Label this "exit interview." The family embarked this summer on our fifth move in 18 years, thanks to the bread-winning husband and father who is in the American manufacturing industry. In more ways than one, I'm glad I got to know ya! In more ways than one, I am glad to be leaving you.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: News doesn't come any harder

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. -- Highway 17 heading north from Charleston is the kind of funky, low-country trail I love. Roadside vendors sell sweetgrass baskets made in Gullah tradition, and late-summer flora is profuse and aquarium green.


Leonard Pitts: What is and is not child abuse

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.

Lynn Spruill: Plus none

Posted 9/19/2014 in Local Columns

And who said government wasn't entertaining. We could have sold tickets to the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night and probably paid off the Park Commission's budget deficit.


Our View: City right to revise ordinance

Posted 9/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance to address public safety issues at privately-held events in the city, no one could argue with the motives.



Dana Milbank: Republicans saddle their warhorses

Posted 9/19/2014 in National Columns

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was testifying Tuesday about the need for military action in Syria and Iraq when Ann Wright, an anti-war demonstrator in the audience, rose and began shouting: "No more war! No more war!"



Our View: Spare the rod?

Posted 9/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In recent weeks, The National Football League has stimulated many conversations around the county, none of them involving football.



Wyatt Emmerich: Musgrove stands to win big in education lawsuit

Posted 9/18/2014 in Local Columns

Ronnie Musgrove was more than a little peeved when I asked him how much money he was going to make from his education lawsuit.



Froma Harrop: A rough month for women

Posted 9/18/2014 in National Columns

Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.


Slimantics: What would Jesus do a point of contention for Starkville aldermen

Posted 9/17/2014 in Local Columns

Upon further review, the Starkville Board of Aldermen, most of them at least, would like you to know that God doesn't hate gay people; he just hates giving them health insurance.


Leonard Pitts: No defense for what Ray Rice did

Posted 9/17/2014 in National Columns

"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."



Our View: Onward and upward at MUW

Posted 9/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (better known as the state college board) released its enrollment figures for this fall.



Michael Gerson: Obama's careful war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama's Islamic State speech -- his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them "safe haven," his moral clarity on their "acts of barbarism" -- also sounded least like Obama.



Froma Harrop: Do we need a place called home?

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

There's this scene in Shakespeare where the straight-talking Rosalind tries to make sense of Jaques, a guy who travels all the time and is plagued by melancholy. "I fear you have sold your own lands to see other men's," Rosalind says to him in "As You Like It." "Yes, I have gained my experience," Jaques responds gloomily.



Our View: Cochran should agree to debate

Posted 9/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During his decidedly low-profile campaign swings across the state, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers has repeatedly called on Thad Cochran, Mississippi's six-term incumbent senator, to meet him in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.


Possumhaw: Browning leaves and bodock balls

Posted 9/15/2014 in Local Columns

The calendar says autumn is a week away and golden brown leaves are beginning to fall. Felder Rushing says it is not fall but only drought causing the leaves to flutter. Sam and I talk about the benefits of each season and how fast they pass these days.

Ask Rufus: The Coming of Greek Revival

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

When people think of antebellum homes in the South it is generally an image of a large Greek Revival style house that comes to mind.


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