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Rheta Johnson: Notes from a corner

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW-- I work in a corner of my bedroom. My desk is an old, dark wicker one, about three feet wide and two feet deep. Its small size keeps mess at a minimum. There is a window to my right, and I try not to look out when I'm supposed to be writing. When I part the curtains to stare, I see yellow daffodils on a drab March landscape, yellow butter on dry toast.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Hobby Lobby court case a slippery slope

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Lighten up on the first lady

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama. From criticism of her trip to China to a recent "tell-all" by former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin in the New Republic about Obama's allegedly tyrannical behavior, the gloves have been removed.

 

Lynn Spruill: Lessons from law school

Posted 3/28/2014 in Local Columns

Unlike a good number of my friends and acquaintances, I truly enjoyed my law school classes. My plan when I graduated from Mississippi State University was to go to law school at Ole Miss. I had been accepted and scheduled to start classes there when the Navy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

 

Kathleen Parker: 'Gov. Moonbeam' finds his center

Posted 3/28/2014 in National Columns

In matters cultural, California has always been the United States' petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.

 

 

Our view: A question of competence

Posted 3/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Any organization -- be it a business, school system or government -- is only as good as its management and employees. The ability to hire competent workers along with a clear path to remove ineffective ones, as unpleasant as that can be, is critical to the success of any organization.

 

 

Our view: Who stands for the environment?

Posted 3/27/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week, The Dispatch was the first to report on Columbus Light & Water's refusal to process KiOR's wastewater. The news was the latest in a string of bad news for the Texas-based public company, which has invested over $200 million in its Columbus plant.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Two-track minds on security and privacy

Posted 3/27/2014 in National Columns

The first shocking headlines after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared revealed that two men had boarded with stolen passports. "Stark evidence of security gap," blared The Christian Science Monitor.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The plane

Posted 3/26/2014 in National Columns

I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I've read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: 'Noah,' the movie

Posted 3/26/2014 in National Columns

There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.

 

Frances Hairston: Life lessons learned in a greenhouse

Posted 3/25/2014 in Local Columns

Parents should take a page from Mary Tuggle's book on how to instill in children a work ethic. Two weeks ago, I, along with other members of the Noxubee Garden Club, sat mesmerized listening to Mary and Katherine Hewlett tell the story of Palmer Home.

 

Leonard Pitts: A pointed comment on guns

Posted 3/25/2014 in National Columns

Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bob Raymond

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Corrections reforms not easy, but not optional either

Posted 3/24/2014 in Local Columns

Oops. Sheriffs read the bill. So did some prosecutors. Together, they took the wind out of the sails of corrections legislation as it reached Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.

 

Possumhaw: Bunny in the bathroom

Posted 3/24/2014 in Local Columns

The caller said, "I read in the paper that you wanted a rabbit."

Ask Rufus: The homeland

Posted 3/22/2014 in Local Columns

This past week has been a most interesting one. I had the pleasure of having four houseguests who are working on a historic sites study for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations of Oklahoma.

 

Voice of the people: Abortion comment

 

Birney Imes: Spring arrives

Posted 3/22/2014 in Local Columns

Kenny Lang, who pedals his bicycle around Southside relentlessly and who could do voice-overs for Disney's "Song of the South," was watering his garden on Thursday, the first day of spring. Kenny is cultivating a sliver of earth near the intersection of South Fifth Street and 16th Avenue. He was using two plastic soft drink bottles to sprinkle his Georgia collards, kale and onions.

 

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