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Wyatt Emmerich: Rate-payers be damned

Posted 3/14/2013 in Local Columns

I attended my first Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing last week. I was not impressed.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Tattoos go mainstream

Posted 3/14/2013 in National Columns

I haven't seen the Ladies' Home Journal in about a million years, except maybe in the dentist's office when I was trying to avoid a television permanently set on Fox News. Somebody's grandchild was selling magazines for a school project, and Ladies' Home Journal was the only one on the list I recognized.


Slimantics: The obituary as an art form

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns

The art of writing involves showing rather than telling. The novice will write about a person being tall or beautiful or angry. The great writer will create a image of those qualities in the reader's mind. Readers don't want to be told; they want to see.


Kathleen Parker: Media myopia in Rome

Posted 3/13/2013 in National Columns

All things considered, I'd rather be in Rome. Isn't everyone?



Mississippi Voices: A life well lived

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns



Our view: Prude's parting gift

Posted 3/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

That Tommy Prude would gorge one last time at the public trough that the Columbus Municipal School District has become should hardly rate as a surprise among those who have been paying any attention at all to the machinations of the school board under his misguided leadership.



Charlie Mitchell: Openness respected in theory, but not in practice

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

Suppose President Obama was in a room with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Suppose they had time to kill and no one to talk to except each other. Would they have common ground for chit-chat? Yes. In a word, they agree wholeheartedly on "transparency."


Possumhaw: That old-time religion

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

The little church in the Prairie, Shaeffer's Chapel, had their annual Seniors Appreciation Banquet -- not seniors like high-schoolers, but seniors like seniors. The preacher shared with the crowd, "Honor your father and mother so that your days on the earth may be long."


Susan Estrich: Rand Paul's persistence

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns



The optical illusion of dinner with your adversaries

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns



Leonard Pitts: I (heart) introverts

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns


California nursing home incident brings to fore end-of-life issues

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

My last job before returning to Mississippi was a gig as a graveyard-shift janitor at a 55-plus living facility in Mesa, Ariz., called Venture Out. It was the sort of job you would expect a convicted felon who had gone from one minimum-wage job to another since being released from prison would have.

Ask Rufus: I Call Them Killdees

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

One day last week in a conversation with my friends Bert and Sharon Falkner, killdeers, a delightful spring and summer bird of area fields, came up. It is a bird that I have enjoyed watching since I was a child. You will remember them as the bird that acts like it has a broken wing to draw potential predators away from its nest.


Our view: MERIT program has, uh, merit.....

Posted 3/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Few stories have produced the number of comments as did Tuesday's report on a plan in the Lowndes County School District to suspend the MERIT program for its seventh and eighth-grade students.



Leonard Pitts: Now is the time for a sports hero to speak up

Posted 3/7/2013 in National Columns

Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Ayanbadejo's heart is in a good place and the advice he gave last week on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong.



Letter to the editor: Andrew Colom



Letter to the editor: Monique Montgomery



Letter to the editor: George Gerhart



Our view: Mississippi is in the news -- for something good

Posted 3/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, when Mississippi makes national news -- especially of late -- it is not the sort of notoriety we welcome. When "Mississippi" is mentioned on the national stage, our first impulse is to wince, waiting for the latest lunacy that is certain to follow.



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