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Charlie Mitchell: Champions of liberty are often the worst abusers

Posted 5/21/2013 in Local Columns



Michael Gerson: Government's heavy hand felt in IRS, AP scandals

Posted 5/21/2013 in National Columns



Bill Crawford: Newspapers vital to communities

Posted 5/20/2013 in Local Columns



Voice of the people: Bill Poe



Voice of the people: Raymond Gross



Birney Imes: Random notes

Posted 5/18/2013 in Local Columns

Remember when Coke bottles had the name of the town where it had been bottled stamped on the bottom? The other day while my grandson and I were knocking around in a vacant lot, he found a piece of one of these old bottles with "Columbus, Miss." on the bottom. When I told him it was an old bottle, he asked if it had been around when Elvis was alive.



Froma Harrop: Bangladesh and us

Posted 5/18/2013 in National Columns

You know a corner's been turned when someone in a legion of foreign sweatshop workers is given a face. That's happened in Bangladesh, home of hideous factory conditions -- as seen in the ruins of Rana Plaza, a former eight-story work warren. Death toll: over 1,100.



George Will: In IRS scandal, echoes of Watergate

Posted 5/18/2013 in National Columns

This administration aggressively hawked the fiction that the Benghazi attack was just an excessively boisterous movie review. Now we are told that a few wayward souls in Cincinnati, with nary a trace of political purpose, targeted for harassment political groups with "tea party" and "patriot" in their titles. The Post has reported that the IRS also targeted groups that " criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution."


Ask Rufus:

Posted 5/18/2013 in Local Columns

Today, few people realize the extent of European activity during the 1700s in the Tombigbee Valley or how European conflicts between the French and English spilled over into our region. The 1700s were turbulent times in northeast Mississippi and west Alabama.


Susan Estrich: An exciting gateway

Posted 5/17/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Sistrunk is the obvious choice in Starkville

Posted 5/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the remaining city council and alderman seats will be decided in Columbus and Starkville.



Voice of the people: Gary Holtman



Leonard Pitts: What was the IRS thinking?

Posted 5/16/2013 in National Columns



Our view: CMSD motto: 'I don't know'

Posted 5/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The defining moment in Dr. Martha Liddell's first year as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District came Monday during the district's regular board meeting.



Kathleen Parker: IRS, AP scandals bring tea partyers, 'lamestream media' together

Posted 5/15/2013 in National Columns

Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt -- the benighted Mainstream Media.



Our view: School Board's lack of resolve on uniforms consistent with past reversals

Posted 5/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is probably no animal more easily frightened than the starling, for whom the slightest unexpected noise can send the flock flying away in a panic. The Lowndes County School Board is beginning to rival that timid breed, however.



Charlie Mitchell: 'Painless taxation' a modern invention

Posted 5/14/2013 in Local Columns

When Joseph and Mary donkeyed up and headed for Bethlehem, they knew the reason. It was to visit the tax man and pay up.



Voice of the people: Melony Beard



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