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Froma Harrop: Often you don't need a doctor

Posted 3/26/2013 in National Columns

You want a routine checkup. Or your throat is sore. It's probably nothing, but you're concerned. Do you need a full-fledged MD with all those certificates and perhaps a God complex?



Our view: Creative funding now needed for Juneteenth Festival

Posted 3/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Barring a change of heart among organizers, there will be no Juneteenth Festival in Columbus this year. The Columbus Juneteenth Festival has been held every year since 1995.



Susan Estrich: Is nothing private?

Posted 3/25/2013 in National Columns

Two guys are at a conference, looking bored. On stage, there's been talk about "dongles," which, if you aren't aware, are devices you plug in to laptops to get connectivity. Bigger ones are supposedly more powerful. Can you guess the joke? (Hint: about whether size matters.)



Letter to the editor: Bill Wilemon



Leonard Pitts: Right decision, wrong reason

Posted 3/25/2013 in National Columns

Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman. The Ohio senator is, pardon the tautology, a conservative Republican and last week, he did something conservative Republicans do not do. He came out for same-sex marriage.


Ask Rufus: Pilgrimage will feature nine homes from original tour

Posted 3/23/2013 in Local Columns

A week from tomorrow will be the opening of the annual Columbus spring pilgrimage. Although the first pilgrimage was in the spring of 1940, a Columbus tour of homes actually started a year earlier.

Shannon Bardwell: Charlie Purple Turnipseed

Posted 3/23/2013 in Local Columns

I ran my hand over the book cover which I'm in the habit of doing. A pretty cover attracts me. The book featured delicate anthropomorphic characters framing a drawing of a kindly man wearing an oversized purple shirt, a garden hat; he was leaning on a long stick and holding a sunflower. Bumblebees bumbled all around him. I'm afraid I might be one of those people who judge a book by its cover.


Rheta Johnson: Not a natural person

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW --It's been a bad week here in the Hollow. A letter from the Mississippi Department of Revenue informed my county that I was ineligible for the homestead exemption on my house and land. "Applicant is not a natural person," it said.



Leonard Pitts: Life continues, graciously

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez. This is what I'm thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month after Richard Street and Damon Harris, who sang on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" with the Temptations, passed away just days apart.



Kathleen Parker: For Hillary Clinton, the time may finally be right

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

No matter what Barack Obama does, he cannot escape the shadow of his former political opponent.



George Will: DOMA is an abuse of federalism

Posted 3/22/2013 in National Columns

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an exception to the rule that a law's title is as uninformative about the law's purpose as the titles of Marx Brothers movies ("Duck Soup," "Horse Feathers," "Animal Crackers") are about those movies' contents.


Slimantics: The mayor's race is, yawn, on ...

Posted 3/22/2013 in Local Columns

About 50 people crowded into the Grill Room at Lion Hills Golf Club Thursday for the latest episode of the Columbus Exchange Club Candidates Forum, which those in attendance will recall as "The 57 minutes of my life I really, really wish I had back."

Slimantics: Mercifully, the end is near ...

Posted 3/21/2013 in Local Columns

The Great Festering Pile of Stupid, sometimes referred to as the Mississippi Legislature, will soon end its 2013 session.


Kathleen Parker: Steubenville and the online bystander effect

Posted 3/21/2013 in National Columns

The recent rape conviction of two teenagers, one of whom also distributed a photo and sent cruel text messages about their victim, has captured the "bystander effect" in graphic and nauseating detail.



Susan Estrich: In defense of speech you hate

Posted 3/21/2013 in National Columns

Michael Vick was all set to do a book tour to promote himself as a new and improved role model when things got ugly. "Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chance to major markets," his publisher, aptly named Worthy Publishing, said in a statement.



Our view: Man's capacity for inhumanity made vivid in Steubenville rape case

Posted 3/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the few days since the guilty verdict came down in what is generally known as "The Steubenville Rape Case," the crime and its aftermath have generated all sorts of discussions, issues and debates.



Mississippi Voices: Spring reveries

Posted 3/20/2013 in Local Columns

The first day of spring. My favorite month, April, is just around the corner. Now we just need one big gullywasher to get rid of the pine pollen. Normally, spring gives me a strong sense of rebirth and renewal, but this spring I seem surrounded by moments crystallizing the passage of time.



Letter to the editor: John Musa


Slimantics: Dad and the contradiction of spring ...

Posted 3/19/2013 in Local Columns

Wednesday is the first day of spring, that time of year when most of us do with joy what we will be complaining about having to do come summer.


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