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Birney Imes: Watermelons on Independence Day

Posted 7/5/2014 in Local Columns

Everywhere you go there is the South. The woman at the motel desk this morning in Effingham grew up in New Orleans. Her late husband was from Alabama. Her great granddad was governor of the state of Louisiana, Gov. Nicholls. Julia Street, where you find many of New Orleans' art galleries, was named after her grandmother. (There is a Gov. Nicholls Street -- and wharf -- at the downriver end of the French Quarter.)

 

Our View: Independence Day: Are we worthy?

Posted 7/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today as we celebrate our nation's 238th birthday, our attention naturally turns to the Founding Fathers, those great patriots who fashioned this unique republic.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jay Lacklen

 

 

Susan Estrich: Love of country

Posted 7/4/2014 in National Columns

Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then we go back to the usual political game in which talking heads viciously attack each other 24/7.

 

 

Our View: The costs of a peaceful silence

Posted 7/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

We Americans have readily fulfilled John Adams' exhortation, in a letter to his wife, that Independence Day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells. Bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. ... "

 

 

Voice of the people: Frances Hairston

 

 

Voice of the people: Jane and Jim Hunt

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A 'narrow' decision from the narrow-minded

Posted 7/3/2014 in National Columns

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision.

 

 

Our View: Choosing a school superintendent

Posted 7/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met for a second round of interviews with its two superintendent finalists.

 

 

Dana Milbank: The Supreme Court's useful fiction

Posted 7/2/2014 in National Columns

Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.

 

 

Our View: Soccer's popularity continues to grow

Posted 7/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This afternoon, the United States plays Belgium in the World Cup. A win would send the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the modern era. In three matches, the USA's success has been met with growing enthusiasm in a nation where football -- American football, that is -- reigns supreme.

 

 

Paul Mack: The reptile we love to hate

Posted 7/1/2014 in Local Columns

Trying to change people's attitudes about snakes is about as easy as convincing an Ole Miss fan to cheer for State -- nearly impossible. Seeing a man at the Riverwalk "subdue" a harmless (non-venomous) 5' rat snake with a large branch a few weeks back drove this point home.

 

 

Michael Gerson: On Iraq, difficult choices

Posted 7/1/2014 in National Columns

The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.

 

Possumhaw: Indoor cats save wildlife

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

ack sat quietly at the porch rail overlooking the bird feeders. I imagined him recalling the day he would crouch under the fading irises and wait to spring on a cardinal, an indigo bunting, a Prothonotary warbler, perhaps a hummingbird.

 

Dana Milbank: Let's sue the president

Posted 6/30/2014 in National Columns

Republicans, after years of squabbling with President Obama, have decided to resolve their differences with him according to a time-honored American tradition.

 

 

Other Editors: Give Common Core a chance

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi's two key K-12 education leaders, Board of Education Chairman Wayne Gann and State Superintendent Carey Wright, rejected quickly and firmly on Friday Gov. Phil Bryant's claims that the Common Core school standards is a "failed program" run by the federal government to the harm of local schools and the state.

 

Ask Rufus: Gardens of 'Youth and Old Age'

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

Gardens around the South are filled each summer with beautiful multicolored zinnias.

Birney Imes: The constant gardener

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

When Melchie Koonce was growing up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, he worked summers with his brother-in-law opening and closing floodgates in rice patties. The mosquitoes were so thick the boys wore nets over their heads while they worked. To combat boredom one of them came up with the idea of seeing who could catch the most snakes. They would grab the snakes and throw them into croaker sacks.

 

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