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Michael Gerson: For a politics of repair

Posted 12/19/2014 in National Columns

The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.

 

 

Our View: More questions than answers on Cadence building for SPD

Posted 12/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

By fits and starts, the city of Starkville is proceeding with its plans to purchase the Cadence Bank Building.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: If teaching is a profession, let professionals do it

Posted 12/18/2014 in Local Columns

I know what Mississippi teachers want for Christmas.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Pottersville goes online

Posted 12/18/2014 in National Columns

What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones?

 

 

Our View: Debate, decision on billboard represent city's best interests

Posted 12/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus City council voted to maintain its 14-year-old moratorium on new billboards in the city limits after discussing the issue for the past two months.

 

 

Jamie Stiehm: The California lady lights the dark

Posted 12/17/2014 in National Columns

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat, could not be bullied by the dark CIA.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Tortured reasoning

Posted 12/17/2014 in National Columns

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture."

 

 

Our View: As Christmas Day approaches ...

Posted 12/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As of today, there are nine shopping days remaining before Christmas.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Charity versus panhandling

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"

 

 

Mary Sanchez: We must not let Mexico become a failed state

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

Mass protests have blocked highways, overtaken town squares and disrupted government buildings.

 

Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.

Possumhaw: 'Now I lay me down to sleep'

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tom had a hard day at work. After supper he spent a few hours watching TV before bed. Two hours later Tom heard the sound of frogs bellowing in the night; the sound got louder and louder, filling the room. A light bounced off the ceiling while Tom dreamt giant amphibians leaped across his bed in the moonlight.

Ask Rufus: From Irish linen to Cuban cigars

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.

 

Voice of the people: Digital sign needs to come down

 

 

Voice of the people: Enriching lives

 

 

Local voices/Ben C. Toledano: A taxpayer demands accountability

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

While I was visiting a friend the other day, he made a point of showing me his ad valorem tax bill for 2014 and insisted I read it, especially the amount allocated to the Columbus public school system. "Look at this," he said, "over half of what I'm charged is for the schools, and what do I get for my money?"

 

Jill Lawrence: We need to talk about guns, whether the NRA likes it or not

Posted 12/13/2014 in National Columns

The medical community has been no match for the National Rifle Association for decades. By the time Congress leaves town for the holidays, we'll know if senators have shown an ounce of courage or if the NRA has bagged one more trophy. Either way, we won't get the high-stakes discussion we need about guns.

 

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