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Kathleen Parker: Trigger warnings, colleges, and the 'Swaddled Generation'

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead.

 

 

Our View: Important work done with little fanfare

Posted 5/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It is an important job few seem to want, where success is best measured by what you don't see.

 

 

Voice of the people: Glenn Lautzenhiser

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

Posted 5/20/2015 in National Columns

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

 

 

Our View: When political signs become litter

Posted 5/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Canadian rock group "Five Man Electrical Band" might well have slipped into musical obscurity had it not been for its single U.S. hit, "Signs."

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Danger for officers never far away

Posted 5/19/2015 in Local Columns

When they cranked their patrol cars to start their shifts on the Saturday night before Mother's Day, Hattiesburg policemen Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate knew he was out there.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

Possumhaw: The patron saint of gardening and taxi drivers

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

Among gardens, garden centers, statuaries and yard art, the stone figure of a monk gently holding a bird in open hand is sometimes found. The statue of the robed monk is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. But what of the monk who holds a spade?

 

 

Voice of the people: Shirley Crisp

Just writing to say thank you for the great time I had when I came down to sing with the Maryville College Community Choir for the "Chronicles of the Blue and Gray" concert on the night that kicked off your spring Pilgrimage.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bill Parker

In your May 7th edition, Harriet Vaughn commented on how water shortages in California may be exacerbated by the Endangered Species Act and have local effects here. Her reference was from a report ... aired on Fox News. As in some reports on Fox News, the story was exaggerated and distorted to match the opinions of the network.

 

 

Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

Ask Rufus: The ghost and Playboy bunnies of Waverly

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.

Birney Imes: Rooster with pleasant memories

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent morning around 6 o'clock, a black rooster on the front porch of the house across the street from Miracle Valley Holy Ghost Temple of Deliverance hopped up on the railing and began to crow.

 

Leonard Pitts: Luis Lang discovers GoFundMe's much worse than Obamacare

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mills, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: George Washington, whiskey distiller

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Who knew that the Father of Our Country made and sold whiskey? Rye whiskey, most probably foul-tasting, un-aged, as was the custom of the day. I would not tell a lie.

 

Partick Buchanan: Our next Mideast war -- Syria

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Jeb Bush has spent last week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war -- this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

 

Outtakes: The King may be gone but the thrill remains

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There should be NC-17 stickers on B.B. King albums. Maybe even NC-30 stickers.

 

 

Our View: Class size matters

Posted 5/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the results of the state-mandated "third-grate gate" assessment were announced last week, two school districts out of 155 reported a 100-percent passing rate.

 

 

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