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Birney Imes: Gifts all week long

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

Wednesday in the aisles of Kroger I ran into a high school friend I had not seen in years, Joey Hendrix. As a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, Joey's career included postings in Vicksburg, Baghdad and New Orleans. He is now retired and has come home to take care of his mother, who lives in New Hope.

 

Our view: A bond issue easy to like

Posted 8/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, registered voters who live in the Lowndes County School District will go to the polls to vote on a $47 million bond issue to build, replace and renovate school facilities.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Don't shoot a writer

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. -- I've met some brave people in my life: survivors of war, politics, natural disasters -- and one heroic woman in the Mississippi Delta who lived most of her life in an iron lung. I'm not sure I've ever met anyone braver than the beautiful and elegant Anne Butler of this enchanting Louisiana river town.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Perry v. Lehmberg, an unsettling trend

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.

 

Michael Gerson: No time to lead from behind

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, "ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed." President Obama said, "people like this ultimately fail."

 

Our View: Tax cut popular, but is it wise?

Posted 8/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

At last month's Neshoba County Fair, Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves wowed the crowd by saying, "We think it's time to look at a pay raise for taxpayers."

 

 

Leonard Pitts: What's next in Ferguson? Let's try a little education

Posted 8/22/2014 in National Columns

What next? That's what should concern us now.

 

 

Our View: A local take on border security

Posted 8/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Dr. Jonathan Speegle, pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church in Columbus, spoke to the Columbus Kiwanis Club Wednesday. His topic: Comprehensive immigration reform. Given his position, it was hardly unexpected that Speegle would consider this issue in theological terms.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Is Ferguson a social media victim?

Posted 8/21/2014 in National Columns

Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

 

Slimantics: A tale of two tails

Posted 8/20/2014 in Local Columns

Pete Creekmore sits in a chair in his upstairs office at Rae's Jewelers on Tuesday afternoon, hunched over his microscope, examining two quarters that have one "head" between them or, if you prefer, three "tails."

 

Susan Estrich: What went wrong in Ferguson

Posted 8/20/2014 in National Columns

The short answer is: everything. I'm not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts.

 

 

Our View: Gun violence in unexpected places

Posted 8/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's early-morning shooting at Buffalo Wild Wings that left one woman dead and another facing a murder charge created a different perception among some in the community, primarily because of where it happened.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Racing through nature

Posted 8/19/2014 in National Columns

The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

 

 

Voice of the people: Billy Hairston

 

Possumhaw: Imagine a world of butterflies

Posted 8/18/2014 in Local Columns

It was nightfall when I slipped to the garden to spy on the parsley. I hoped to catch the caterpillars sleeping. Their tiny heads were nodded forward; they appeared to be sleeping, as everything sleeps.

 

Our View: The value of play

Posted 8/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The kids are back in school. Summer vacations have been taken. Play time is over, right? Perish the thought.

 

 

Dana Milbank: A general's farewell

Posted 8/18/2014 in National Columns

I've observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

 

Slimantics: Murder among the weeds

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Nothing ever seems to get thrown away on Downs Road. Sofas, tables, tires, broken toys, long strips of waterlogged insulation, boxes and overstuffed black garbage bags -- all left to the weeds to obscure and nature to absorb. This seems to apply even to some of the homes along this little street that connects Mike Parra Road and Land Road in north Lowndes County.

Ask Rufus: Green corn and dancing under a full moon

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Last week there was a spectacular full moon. The news media called it a super moon. While its size and the earth's being at its closest point to the moon might justify the name, it actually was the Green Corn Moon.

 

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