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Our view: What we can learn from dolphins

Posted 1/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In studies of bottlenose dolphins, marine biologists have discovered something interesting about their behavior toward sick or injured pod mates.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Fiscal responsibility to be focus of upcoming legislative session

Posted 1/22/2014 in Local Columns

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current Legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.

 

 

Voice of the people: Sanders Weatherby Sr.

 

 

Voice of the people: Berry Hinds

 

Outtakes: Harper recovers well from surgery

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

He is a Labrador retriever and anyone who owns one will understand this. Harper, my dog, eats stuff. When it comes to what, he does not discriminate.

 

Our view: A step we all must take

Posted 1/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In America, we set aside special days to commemorate, reflect and renew our resolve about a subject. These national holidays come and go, but often the fervor the holiday ignites is gone as quickly as the holiday itself.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Is West Virginia a cult?

Posted 1/21/2014 in National Columns

After decades of suffering environmental torture at the hands of polluting industries, West Virginians might regard a chemical spill that poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 residents -- and is still scaring folks after the dangers have presumably passed -- as a last straw. But there never seems to be a last straw for them.

 

Just what we need, another committee

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

In the beginning, God formed a committee to discuss the status of earth. The committee met regularly for a few millennium before releasing its report, which concluded that the earth was "without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep."

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Possumhaw: Frozen lakes can be fatal

Posted 1/20/2014 in Local Columns

The lake was frozen solid and there, in the center, was a pile of white duck feathers. I ran for the telescope and stood at the window to see if the ducks were moving at all; it was hard to tell. I panicked. Could I save them if they weren't already dead?

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus Mint Julep

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

January may be a strange time to bring up the mint julep but maybe it makes a good forerunner to springtime and warmer weather.

 

Leonard Pitts: A big issue for small minds

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

Everybody's got something. Maybe it's something you were born with, maybe something that happened to you, maybe something you did to yourself through bad habits or neglect. But everybody's got something, some physical or emotional blemish measuring the distance from you to perfection.

 

Birney Imes: Watching eagles at Locafoma Lake

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday morning an intrepid group of nature enthusiasts gathered on a strip of pavement at the eastern edge of Locafoma Lake in the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. They had braved wind and sub-freezing temps in hopes of seeing the Refuge's resident eagles. They had not come in vain.

Kathleen Parker: Let's give pot smokers a little leeway

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

Everybody's doing it -- confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways -- so here goes. I don't remember. Kidding, kidding. Anyone over 30 recognizes the old adage: If you remember the '60s, you weren't there. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.

 

Charles Krauthammer: How in good conscience?

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

By early 2011, writes former defense secretary Robert Gates, he had concluded President Obama "doesn't believe in his own [Afghanistan] strategy, and doesn't consider the war to be his."

 

 

Our view: Time for railroad to do the right thing

Posted 1/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Back in August officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Kansas City Southern Railway and the Columbus City Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposal to close six Southside railroad crossing while adding safety upgrades to other crossings.

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Disposable or recyclable?

Posted 1/17/2014 in Local Columns

I dropped off a dozen cans of cat food to the Humane Society recently. I was checking on the work in an apartment to ready it for a new tenant when I found them.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: To defeat poverty, look to marriage

Posted 1/16/2014 in National Columns

As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.

 

 

Our view: It's time to stop moralizing about sex education

Posted 1/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Rotary Club, like most civic organizations, keep to a pretty tight schedule during its weekly luncheons. The program starts promptly at noon and ends just as promptly at 1 p.m. Tuesdays are work days, after all.

 

 

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