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Ask Rufus: Brutality and barbecue 475 years ago

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

Four hundred and seventy-five years ago a ragged army of almost 500 Spanish adventurers, soldiers, horses, war dogs, pigs and some priest, women and free Blacks entered what is now Mississippi near the present site of Columbus. About Dec. 16, 1540, the expedition of Hernando de Soto crossed the Tombigbee River.

Partial to Home: Buck's bees

Posted 12/12/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent afternoon, the beekeeper Buck Hildreth walked out the back door of his home and down his driveway to a white cabinet near the road that runs in front of his house.

 

Voice of the people: Gill Harris

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Written under the gun

Posted 12/12/2015 in National Columns

One of my best friends in the world is going "under the knife" today, which is what my mother would have said if someone she knew was about to have an operation. I never once heard her say "procedure," which sounds more like a tax audit or a recipe for making cheese.

 

Robert Koehler: Beyond Trump: The politics of courage

Posted 12/12/2015 in National Columns

If Donald Trump can thrive politically by throwing meat to the American id, what else is possible? How about the opposite? Trump's most recent attempt to reclaim poll supremacy -- his call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what's going on" -- is not simply reckless and dangerous, but also starkly clarifying.

 

Kathleen Parker: Women in combat will put men at greater risk

Posted 12/12/2015 in National Columns

It is axiomatic that the White House, and not just this one, makes controversial announcements when people are otherwise distracted. Usually, this means late Friday afternoons when there isn't much time for the media to make trouble.

 

 

Outtakes: Mr. Walker's fruitcake

Posted 12/11/2015 in Local Columns

It is well established that the details of family stories have a way of expanding and diminishing as the generations pass them along.

 

 

Our View: A Christmas tradition worth renewing

Posted 12/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Far away, by time if not by distance, at an appointed night not divulged to the children, families abandoned their normal evening routine to observe a Christmas tradition.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: An establishment unhinged

Posted 12/11/2015 in National Columns

Calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," Donald Trump this week ignited a firestorm of historic proportions.

 

 

Our View: Committee's recommendations worthy of support

Posted 12/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When a committee was selected to review Columbus Police Department policies and procedures in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Ricky Ball on Oct. 16, there were likely some in the community who viewed this more as an attempt by the city to polish its tarnished image than a effort to produce meaningful changes.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Donald Trump: The Islamic State's secret weapon?

Posted 12/10/2015 in National Columns

Americans looking for a Snuggy Bear and a blankey to ease their anxieties about the Islamic State will have to become more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.

 

 

Voice of the people: Joe Boggess

 

 

Our View: Shopping local businesses benefits us all

Posted 12/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

With a little more than two weeks remaining before Christmas, the shopping season is headed for the home stretch.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Uber and Teladoc: freedom vs. government regulation

Posted 12/9/2015 in Local Columns

Progress marches on, at an ever increasing rate, and this is creating regulatory confusion in Mississippi as the new challenges the old.

 

 

Our View: Legislature lacks focus, plan to lift state

Posted 12/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Before anything substantial is built, two things are required -- an agreement on what is to be built and a plan for how to build it.

 

 

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