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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



Marty Wiseman: Municipalities: beachheads of opportunity

Posted 5/13/2013 in Local Columns

On a recent Tuesday the streets of many of our municipalities were lined with fellow citizens and supporters of mayoral, aldermanic, and council candidates waving signs and banners in behalf of their favorites. It was gratifying to see such an outpouring because in many of these towns the stakes are perhaps higher than they have ever been before.


Adele Elliott: Precious past

Posted 5/13/2013 in Local Columns

I have had the good fortune to live in two cities with rich histories. New Orleans and Columbus have many fascinating tales to tell. Both love the stories of their pasts and keep them alive with written and oral retellings.

Birney Imes: The white noise of the Internet

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Columns

We've all witnessed it. You're in a restaurant and at a nearby table a couple sitting across from each other are both engrossed in their cell phones. A friend calls it "prayer meeting."

Slim Smith: Death: The second harshest penalty

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Columns

Tuesday, I made the drive to Parchman to report on the execution of Willie Jerome Manning, who was convicted in 1994 of the 1992 murder of a pair of Mississippi State students in Starkville.


Rheta Johnson: Why we should all love Willie

Posted 5/11/2013 in National Columns

After learning from Internet "news" that real pearls feel gritty to the teeth and sago palms are poisonous to dogs, I decided to play a little music. I can't handle the information age.



Leonard Pitts: Ignoring the real while fighting the imaginary

Posted 5/11/2013 in National Columns

It should've been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn't hear it. An ominous sort of history was made last week near Austin, Texas, but it seems to have largely escaped notice. There was some media coverage, yes, but less than, say, Lindsay Lohan's latest stint in rehab, certainly less than you'd think for something whose ramifications will likely shadow us for years.



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