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Our view: An idea worth stealing

Posted 3/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, Columbus might be wise to toss a few bouquets in the direction of Starkville.



Wyatt Emmerich: Rate-payers be damned

Posted 3/14/2013 in Local Columns

I attended my first Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing last week. I was not impressed.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Tattoos go mainstream

Posted 3/14/2013 in National Columns

I haven't seen the Ladies' Home Journal in about a million years, except maybe in the dentist's office when I was trying to avoid a television permanently set on Fox News. Somebody's grandchild was selling magazines for a school project, and Ladies' Home Journal was the only one on the list I recognized.


Slimantics: The obituary as an art form

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns

The art of writing involves showing rather than telling. The novice will write about a person being tall or beautiful or angry. The great writer will create a image of those qualities in the reader's mind. Readers don't want to be told; they want to see.


Kathleen Parker: Media myopia in Rome

Posted 3/13/2013 in National Columns

All things considered, I'd rather be in Rome. Isn't everyone?



Mississippi Voices: A life well lived

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns



Our view: Prude's parting gift

Posted 3/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

That Tommy Prude would gorge one last time at the public trough that the Columbus Municipal School District has become should hardly rate as a surprise among those who have been paying any attention at all to the machinations of the school board under his misguided leadership.



Charlie Mitchell: Openness respected in theory, but not in practice

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

Suppose President Obama was in a room with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Suppose they had time to kill and no one to talk to except each other. Would they have common ground for chit-chat? Yes. In a word, they agree wholeheartedly on "transparency."


Possumhaw: That old-time religion

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

The little church in the Prairie, Shaeffer's Chapel, had their annual Seniors Appreciation Banquet -- not seniors like high-schoolers, but seniors like seniors. The preacher shared with the crowd, "Honor your father and mother so that your days on the earth may be long."


Susan Estrich: Rand Paul's persistence

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns



The optical illusion of dinner with your adversaries

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns



Leonard Pitts: I (heart) introverts

Posted 3/9/2013 in National Columns


California nursing home incident brings to fore end-of-life issues

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

My last job before returning to Mississippi was a gig as a graveyard-shift janitor at a 55-plus living facility in Mesa, Ariz., called Venture Out. It was the sort of job you would expect a convicted felon who had gone from one minimum-wage job to another since being released from prison would have.

Ask Rufus: I Call Them Killdees

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

One day last week in a conversation with my friends Bert and Sharon Falkner, killdeers, a delightful spring and summer bird of area fields, came up. It is a bird that I have enjoyed watching since I was a child. You will remember them as the bird that acts like it has a broken wing to draw potential predators away from its nest.


Our view: MERIT program has, uh, merit.....

Posted 3/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Few stories have produced the number of comments as did Tuesday's report on a plan in the Lowndes County School District to suspend the MERIT program for its seventh and eighth-grade students.



Leonard Pitts: Now is the time for a sports hero to speak up

Posted 3/7/2013 in National Columns

Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Ayanbadejo's heart is in a good place and the advice he gave last week on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong.



Letter to the editor: Andrew Colom



Letter to the editor: Monique Montgomery



Letter to the editor: George Gerhart



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