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Dana Milbank: Elizabeth Warren for president

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- It was one of those important-but-dull hearings that don't even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A man who made different choices

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline ("The N----r In The White House") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Columnist without a 'do'

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

My hair stylist, Joyce, is at the beach on holiday, and I want to stick my head in the sand. I should have made an appointment last week.

 

 

Our View: Taking the politics out of Common Core

Posted 7/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It has become politically fashionable in some circles to treat Common Core as something akin to the "mark of the beast." More than anything else, Common Core is a victim of timing. It didn't start out that way.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Where goes jazz as the greats move on?

Posted 7/18/2014 in National Columns

A jazz great died this month. Though revered by fans around the world, Horace Silver is not a household name in his own country, where the popular taste tends more toward rock and country than it does toward jazz.

 

 

Lisa Long: Hopes for peace in a violent land

Posted 7/18/2014 in Local Columns

In 1991, one year after my college graduation, I flew into Tel Aviv and took a hot and dusty car ride to the Palestinian town of Ramallah, a historically Christian town located about six miles north of Jerusalem.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Corrupting citizens for fun and profit

Posted 7/17/2014 in National Columns

Two of the larger social trends of our time -- the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana -- have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government.

 

Slimantics: Losing an old friend

Posted 7/17/2014 in Local Columns

On of my Facebook friends died Wednesday. Maybe you've heard of him. His name was John Dawson Winter III. He was 70 and died while on a business trip in Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Our View: A change in the way we think about work

Posted 7/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins first announced plans for a $38 million "Communiversity" project a month ago, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ellen Kendall

 

 

Dana Milbank: White House's new tranquil-izer

Posted 7/16/2014 in National Columns

President Obama has described his foreign-policy doctrine as an attempt to hit singles, doubles and the occasional home run. But at this stage of the game, it looks as though he has popped out, grounded into a double play and been hit by a pitch.

 

 

Voice of the people: William Hairston

In his Sunday column ("The accidental Klansman," July 13, 2014), Slim Smith writes about the strange phenomenon of people seeing the likeness of a Ku Klux Klansman in the statue atop the Confederate monument on the Lowndes County Court House lawn.

 

 

Our View: Undoing what has been done

Posted 7/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will meet to make a decision that will undo yet another decision made by the previous board.

 

Slimantics: An unapologetic cross-over voter

Posted 7/15/2014 in Local Columns

I'm one of the guys Chris McDaniel is upset about. Let's back up first. Until 2007 when I lost my voting privileges, I was a registered Republican.

Possumhaw: Just another day in paradise

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

Sam asked if I wanted to go on vacation anytime soon, and I said that I'd rather wait 'til fall when things cool off; besides, it's hard to imagine any place better than this "recreational paradise" I live in.

Lynn Spruill: City shouldn't bank on this bad idea

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

A late-developing plan to put the police department into the Cadence Bank building seems to be a fait accompli. Not only has this train left the station, it's so far down the line, it is almost out of sight. And most likely it won't be stalled no matter what counterproposals might be offered, but I can't help myself. I have to stand on the track and wave a red flag.

 

Susan Estrich: Bombs on Jerusalem

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn't reach that far. Now they can. Rockets were fired aimed at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this week, as Israel launched its own offensive in Gaza. "Every Israeli is a target," a Hamas spokesman was quoted in the press.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Should Amazon just take over?

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

It's the darnedest thing. Only a select few sites grace the bookmark bar topping my Web browser. Amazon.com is one. And Amazon is the only retailer to make the cut.

 

 

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