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Wyatt Emmerich: Crony capitalism continues to hurt Mississippi

Posted 4/9/2014 in Local Columns

In 2013, the Legislature passed a measure creating a "cultural retail attraction" incentive to reimburse developers of outlet malls for up to 30 percent of construction costs.

 

 

Voice of the people: Gwen Sisson

 

 

Froma Harrop: US and Canada: Together at last?

Posted 4/8/2014 in National Columns

What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada. What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America. What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada. What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.

 

 

Our view: Failure to pass ban on texting and driving is disappointing

Posted 4/8/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

If ever there was a "no-brainer," this was it. During the recently-ended 2014 Mississippi legislative session, Columbus Rep. Gary Chism proposed a bill that would make texting and driving illegal.

 

 

Outtakes: Burger challenge remains unmet

Posted 4/8/2014 in Local Columns

Alone at the bar, I stared at three bites of hamburger and six or so french fries. Could I finish?

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Health insurance not the real issue in Mississippi

Posted 4/7/2014 in Local Columns

Child playing baseball breaks his leg. Mom needs a pacemaker. Dad has had a stroke and is on his way to the emergency room. Even the most conservative of conservatives won't say these people must have money or insurance -- or be turned away at the hospital door.

 

Possumhaw: Eat two onions and call me in the morning

Posted 4/7/2014 in Local Columns

The Wall Street Journal headlined "A Delicious Prescription: Chefs and doctors are teaming up to create health food you might actually crave." Inheriting the "clipper" gene from our mother, my brother and I trade clipped newspaper articles, his from national newspapers on food, birds, nature and mine from the local sports pages on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Ask Rufus: Was it America's first pro ball team?

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

This is a ballgame weekend. Professional baseball has just cranked up, basketball's Final Four started Saturday and college baseball is in full swing. But long forgotten is the story of how what may have been America's first professional ball team assemble at Columbus in 1829.

Susan Estrich: The best government money can buy

Posted 4/5/2014 in National Columns

The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court's five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total contributions to federal campaigns that have been enforced and were specifically upheld in 1976.

Slim Smith: Missing Mike

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

Monday morning, the news came of the sudden, stunning death of Mike Ritter. He had entered the hospital for surgery to repair a heart problem and died before the procedure could be performed. Mike, a brilliant editorial cartoonist, was 48 years old. These kinds of deaths, including the sudden passing of Columbus Police Department investigator Don English at age 58, are a not-so-subtle reminder of my own mortality. I am 54.

Kathleen Parker: Democrats try to make the Koch brothers the new face of the GOP

Posted 4/5/2014 in National Columns

Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who?

 

Our view: Saturday: The REAL first day of spring

Posted 4/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Officially, the date is March 20, but it is our opinion that the first day of Spring does not arrive until you get off the sofa, out of the house and enjoy some outdoor fun. With that in mind, Saturday is looking a lot like the first day of Spring here in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Our view: Catfish in the Alley

Posted 4/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Lynn Spruill: Litter begets litter

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Columns

I confess that I do not understand littering. It is inconceivable to me that anyone thinks that it is quite acceptable to leave their garbage behind in locations that are clearly not garbage sites, such as parking lots, streets, sidewalks, and any other areas not intended to be a resting place for garbage.

 

Voice of the people: Harry Sanders

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Corporate welfare, a losing game for taxpayers

Posted 4/3/2014 in Local Columns

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Jackson recently, Gov. Bryant addressed the issue of special tax incentives to lure big manufacturers to Mississippi.

 

 

Paul Mack: Hear that mockingbird sing

Posted 4/2/2014 in Local Columns

It's spring -- plants and animals going nuts. Songbirds' hormones increase with day length, and most of the noise you hear is coming from males intent on finding a mate. In these parts a lot of that singing is from that storied species, the mockingbird.

 

 

Our view: Government's place

Posted 4/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last night, the Columbus City Council considered plans for development of the portion of an area called "The Island" that lies adjacent to the Columbus Riverwalk and Columbus Soccer Complex, two county/city joint efforts that have proven to be welcomed additions to the city.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: The real face of poverty

Posted 4/2/2014 in National Columns

"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." -- Rep. Paul Ryan

 

 

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