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Other Editors: State of Mississippi's roads and bridges

Posted 12/26/2015 in National Columns

The Mississippi Economic Council has put down on paper what many transportation leaders and others have been saying for years. The state's roads and bridges are in terrible shape, the situation is nearing a crisis point, and there are easy and reasonable ways to address it -- if we can only get those running state government to summon the political courage to do the necessary and obvious.



Kathleen Parker: Donald Trump is the white guys' white knight

Posted 12/26/2015 in National Columns

The biggest political news is that Donald Trump may be doing even better than polls have suggested. Yikes.


Bill Press: Prayers aren't enough for gun victims

Posted 12/26/2015 in National Columns

On Nov. 19, less than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris, my wife Carol and I were scheduled to leave for a Thanksgiving vacation in Madrid. "No, no, don't go," advised friends and family. Europe isn't safe. It's too dangerous.


Froma Harrop: What half-in, half- out relationships may do to health

Posted 12/26/2015 in National Columns

High on most checklists for ensuring a long and healthy life is being married. Marriage is said to bestow protective health benefits, such as low blood pressure and better cholesterol numbers.



OUR VIEW: Christmas: When chaos yields to calm

Posted 12/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas is near at hand. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.


Photo: 12/24/15

Posted 12/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials


Our View: Release of body camera video serves public interest

Posted 12/22/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus Police Department released video on Tuesday from the body cameras worn by the three CPD officers who were involved in the Oct. 16 shooting death of Ricky Ball, the most relevant video -- that taken immediately after the shooting was not included.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Sunday's article on the decline of hunting hinted at several reasons. Allow me to voice my views.



Patrick Buchanan: Islam and the West: an irreconcilable conflict?

Posted 12/22/2015 in National Columns

"I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here ... and ... around the world, that there is a 'clash of civilizations.'"


Possumhaw: Beware of grinches stealing cookies

Posted 12/21/2015 in Local Columns

Most of my family members, including myself, and my friends have their annual physicals during the last two months of the year, the holiday months.


Susan Estrich: Where can Rubio win?

Posted 12/21/2015 in National Columns

It's not exactly like Babe Ruth pointing with his bat to the stands where he was about to hit a home run.



Slimantics: Dad's love of hunting was a passing fancy for his boys

Posted 12/19/2015 in National Columns

As any gardener will tell you, often the health of a plant depends on the depth of its roots. My father was an enthusiastic hunter, yet his five sons were not.


Ask Rufus: Of Christmas, boats, books and highway robberies

Posted 12/19/2015 in Local Columns

We recently went to Williamsburg and enjoyed the decorations and feel of an 18th century Christmas. It did bring to mind the question of what was Christmas like in early Columbus?

Slimantics: Talking 'bout my generation: The movies the '70s

Posted 12/19/2015 in Local Columns

The 1970s were my teen-age years, and so identify the decade as the one I grew up in. Two days before I graduated high school, a far bigger event occurred. That day, May 25, 1977, was the day the original Star Wars opened.


Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Orphan dogs and Santa Claus

Posted 12/19/2015 in National Columns

She is a brindle mix. When I ask what kind of mix, the veterinarian says, "Well." Somebody kept the puppy about a year and a half -- again, the vet assigned an age -- found her a bother and drove to my woods in the North Mississippi hollow to put her out. In a poor county with no animal shelter or conscience, it happens.



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