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Possumhaw: Treasures in a brown paper bag

Posted 6/16/2014 in Local Columns

The walls of Toni's bedroom were lined with books from the floor to the ceiling. At the foot of the bed was a small sitting area with a thrifted brocade couch and a small coffee table, where Toni drank tea in real china tea cups, also thrifted.


Wyatt Emmerich: McDaniel vs. Cochran: Ideology or money?

Posted 6/16/2014 in National Columns

Now that the Cochran-McDaniel race has gone to a runoff, I feel regretfully compelled to write again on the subject. As I said in my previous column, this is a choice of ideology or money. McDaniel is the purist and would refuse federal bucks on principle. Sen. Cochran has power and clout galore that will directly benefit Mississippi.


Birney Imes: A new pickup truck

Posted 6/14/2014 in Local Columns

A friend, who by day is a buttoned-down lawyer, has for years driven a pickup truck. He's not the only person in that line of work to do so. Last time I checked, our D.A. drove a Toyota Tacoma. I suspect the truck for these guys is an antidote for long hours reading tedious legal briefs or time spent in the bowels of the courthouse doing title searches.


Rheta Johnson: Give us a choice

Posted 6/14/2014 in National Columns

Moderates in the Deep South are disenfranchised. So are the young, the impoverished, blacks, gays, women who want to control their own bodies, Latinos and unapologetic liberals of both races and genders. Which, in the South, rolls us right back to the 1950s, at least in statewide elections.



Leonard Pitts: Lest we forget, aging has its downside

Posted 6/14/2014 in National Columns

I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.



Kathleen Parker: Don't read any tea leaves about Cantor's loss

Posted 6/14/2014 in National Columns

About that stunning defeat. Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment.



Voice of the people: Jane Hunt



Voice of the people: Berry Hinds


Lynn Spruill: Rivals, yes, but fellow Mississippians, too

Posted 6/13/2014 in Local Columns

Some aspects of the rivalry between Ole Miss and State leaves me baffled. Don't misunderstand; as long as MSU is playing Ole Miss, there is no contest. MSU is the choice over Ole Miss hands down.


Susan Estrich: The power of 3,607

Posted 6/13/2014 in National Columns

That's how many people it took to bring down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, doom immigration reform and leave all but the most tea-sodden Republicans quaking.



Our View: Give, but do your homework first

Posted 6/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week the Tampa Times released the results of a study on what it calls "America's Worst Charities." Fifty charities were on the list, which you can find at http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/.



Voice of the people: Roger Wade



Kathleen Parker: Armed and dead

Posted 6/12/2014 in National Columns

So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.


Slimantics: At school board, it's business as unusual

Posted 6/11/2014 in Local Columns

Like many folks in Columbus, I read with strange fascination the account of Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting, which shows there is no accounting for taste, I suppose.


Susan Estrich: Speaking truth to power

Posted 6/11/2014 in National Columns

One of the hardest things to understand about the whole Bowe Bergdahl exchange is how the White House could be so hopelessly tone deaf as to not understand what was going to happen next.



Our View: Finally, the Rebels have their day

Posted 6/10/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

"Every dog has its day," goes the old saying. Finally, every Rebel does, too.



Voice of the people: Jim Hunt



Froma Harrop: Fight heroin with marijuana

Posted 6/10/2014 in National Columns

A plague of heroin addiction is upon us. Another plague. Heroin was the crisis that prompted Richard Nixon to launch the war on drugs in 1971.



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