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Froma Harrop: Is the medium the menace?

Posted 7/24/2014 in National Columns

An aspiring rapper posts his lyrics on Facebook, suggesting a Halloween costume with his estranged wife's "head on a stick."

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A nation divided, with liberty and justice for some

Posted 7/24/2014 in National Columns

It swallowed people up. That's what it really did, if you want to know the truth. It swallowed them up whole, swallowed them up by the millions.

 

 

John Brocato: Encounter with a stranger in need

Posted 7/23/2014 in Local Columns

As I was leaving Starkville Community Theatre one recent evening after rehearsals and walking to my car, a voice with a heavy Spanish accent said, "Catholic church?" quite loudly. "What's that?" I said, turning around.

 

 

Susan Estrich: False equivalence

Posted 7/23/2014 in National Columns

The "crossfire" mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle.

 

Slimantics: The man who wouldn't go home

Posted 7/22/2014 in Local Columns

It's been 29 days since the Mississippi senatorial runoff election in which six-term incumbent Thad Cochran narrowly defeated tea party challenger Chris McDaniel.

 

Rheta Johnson: You got TRBL

Posted 7/22/2014 in National Columns

Artist Christopher Wool must be really good at texting. His stencil sign paintings, according to the Guggenheim Museum, "freely stripped out punctuation, disrupted conventional spacing and removed letters."

 

 

Froma Harrop: Will the blabbermouths wake Democrats up?

Posted 7/22/2014 in National Columns

It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.

 

Possumhaw: It was a big fish

Posted 7/21/2014 in Local Columns

From the dock the lake below was crystal clear, reminding me of those glass-bottomed boat rides of my childhood. I'm still taken with the creatures that dwell below the surface. I wish I could say, dwell harmoniously, but often it's not.

 

Charlie Mitchell: When not meddling itself, government protects our privacy

Posted 7/21/2014 in Local Columns

Want privacy? Get a typewriter.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: A primer on race

Posted 7/21/2014 in National Columns

Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done."

 

Ask Rufus: The irrepressible Uncle Bunky

Posted 7/19/2014 in Local Columns

Last week my granddaughter who lives in Virginia visited Columbus. While here I took her to experience those delightful "crazy animals" from the hand of Robert Williams, the pioneering icon of children's television known far and wide as Uncle Bunky.

Birney Imes: Just RipStiking around

Posted 7/19/2014 in Local Columns

It was 94 degrees in the shade, a scorcher of a Saturday afternoon. Slim Smith and I were standing in the alleyway behind The Dispatch talking about the next day's paper, taking refuge in what little shade there was.

 

Voice of the people: In praise of dingy theaters

Ever since I moved back from Memphis to Columbus, I have been wondering why the Varsity Twin has not been renovated by Hope Community Church.

 

 

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.

 

 

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