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Kathleen Parker: On food stamps, GOP takes a principle to extremes

Posted 11/30/2013 in National Columns

If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

What is going on? It seems like in many (Democrat-led) government entities the best and brightest, most effective and most experienced leaders are being summarily fired by Democrat bosses, for little to no reason. President Obama has purged our military of top generals and admirals, demoralizing and weakening our Armed Forces. Why?

 

 

Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness

Posted 11/29/2013 in National Columns

For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional.

 

 

William Browning: The reluctant Samaritan

Posted 11/28/2013 in Local Columns

Last year I lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and at the corner store near our home there was a man who regularly sat hunched beneath a pay phone. I saw him a lot while coming home from work. He was terribly thin and always in tattered clothing. It would be O.K. to call him homeless.

 

 

Our view: A season of grace

Posted 11/28/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

While we have added our voice to the chorus of those who lament the encroachment of Christmas on Thanksgiving Day, in another sense we find the close proximity of these two holidays most appropriate.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: An attitude of 'Thanksgiving' takes a lot of work

Posted 11/28/2013 in Local Columns

In a letter to a church he had founded, the Apostle Paul made a series of suggestions. One was to "pray without ceasing." Several years ago, a friend and I had a long talk about what that meant.

 

Slimantics: No shortage of home-grown turkeys

Posted 11/27/2013 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, Butterball, one of the nation's largest turkey suppliers, announced that it would have a shortage of large turkeys available for Thanksgiving.

 

Froma Harrop: 'Wild Turkey on the rocks?'

Posted 11/27/2013 in National Columns

Much we believe about turkeys is not true. Myth No. 1: They were served at the "first Thanksgiving" feast in Plymouth, Mass. There's no evidence for that.

 

 

Our view: Just say no to Gray Thursday

Posted 11/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, Mississippi State University sponsored a Thanksgiving meal for Starkville firefighters, a thoughtful way to acknowledge that while Thursday is a national holiday, there are some people who, by virtue of the work they do, cannot have the holiday off.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Obamacare: the bright side

Posted 11/26/2013 in National Columns

During the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, it's been hard to defend the law, much less to call it "great." But great it is -- for the American economy and for the American people, rich ones included.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The war against achievement

Posted 11/26/2013 in National Columns

A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work -- unlike the record number of people living on government payments for "disabilities" that are far less serious, if not fictitious.

 

 

Voice of the people: Margaret Evans

I read with doubtful thoughts the article in Friday's paper of the upcoming retreat. Instead of spending $1500 of taxpayer's money for rental of Plymouth Bluff and Hardwick's fee, why couldn't they have had the retreat at the Trotter Center.

 

Possumhaw: A day with the ladybugs

Posted 11/25/2013 in Local Columns

One ladybug chased the other, and this made me think that perhaps I had captured a male and a female. I'm no entomologist, but I'm thinking maybe.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: When your government becomes the enemy

Posted 11/25/2013 in Local Columns

It's a strange feeling when you see your journalistic work wind up in the book of a leading presidential candidate.

 

Birney Imes: Cats in the basement

Posted 11/23/2013 in Local Columns

About 10 years ago Dispatch pressmen Jerry Hayes and Jamie Morrison found a litter of kittens nestled between the walls in the basement. Hayes, now retired, and Morrison worked in the dark, cavernous space that houses our Goss Urbanite printing press.

 

Lynn Spruill: Social media

Posted 11/23/2013 in Local Columns

When I started writing this piece I had just a basic thought in mind, but after the media blitz associated with Alderman Roy Perkins' proposal to ban all electronic media from the Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings, it took on a new life and intensity.

 

Leonard Pitts: Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman -- who's the real thug?

Posted 11/23/2013 in National Columns

With George Zimmerman out on bail last week after his latest run-in with police, it seems an opportune time to discuss the second killing of Trayvon Martin.

 

Rheta Johnson: Something pulled me back

Posted 11/23/2013 in National Columns

PASS CHRISTIAN -- Today she looks like a beautiful Indian princess, like Walt Disney's Pocahontas, her thick black braid rapunzeling down the back of her tunic of red, the color in which her mother dressed her "Mimi." Author Jesmyn Ward's ancestry is mixed with African, French, Spanish and Native American blood, allowing a rainbow of perspective, which makes her feel "lucky," she says, as a writer. But for facile identification, "I choose to embrace African American. It's a political choice."

 

 

Susan Estrich: Who knows best?

Posted 11/23/2013 in National Columns

Martin Short had the best line at the Governors Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: "President Obama said if you like your Oscar, you can keep it."

 

 

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