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Leonard Pitts: Poor are the losers in proposed plan

Posted 3/15/2017 in National Columns

Suddenly, there was just blood everywhere.



Our View: Support our cops? Here's your chance to prove it

Posted 3/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There are few occupations that invite public scrutiny more than law enforcement. People generally don't form firm opinions on factory workers, accountants or waitresses.



Froma Harrop: Who really benefits from the revised health-care bill?

Posted 3/14/2017 in National Columns

"Trumpcare is really a tax break for the rich, not a health care program," Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said about the Republican House bill to decimate the Affordable Care Act.


Possumhaw: Everything you wanted to know about crappie fishing

Posted 3/13/2017 in Local Columns

I tried to tell Sam fishing the crappie spawn is a lot like spring shopping.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Charlie Mitchell: 'Eventually' list centers on 'not if, but when'

Posted 3/13/2017 in Local Columns

Lists are more popular than ever. People love lists. People love making lists, the most prevalent of which is the "bucket list," a roster of to-do items before leaving this life for the next.


Partial to Home: Spring is in the air ... and litter is everywhere

Posted 3/11/2017 in Local Columns

Tuesday afternoon after the rains, I had the good fortune to be sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of a just-completed small cabin at the edge of a pond in northwest Clay County. My host was Johnny Wray, a slow-foods farmer who embraces his vocation in the spirit of Wendell Berry.


Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano


Roses and thorns 3/12/17

Posted 3/11/2017 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Lowndes County Rep. Jeff Smith, who used his authority as chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee to block an attempt to fine state universities for not flying the Mississippi flag.


Froma Harrop: A plot to poison Obamacare

Posted 3/11/2017 in National Columns

Arsenic was a poison favored by Victorian mystery writers. The victims would be fed small amounts, not suspecting the cause of their increasing discomfort. At a certain point, the arsenic buildup would send them into organ failure and death.


David Harsanyi: Is something better than nothing?

Posted 3/11/2017 in National Columns

First of all, the preferred free-market plan for health care policy should be no plan whatsoever. The idea that we need a federal top-down strategy to manage a huge chunk of the economy is at the very heart of the problem. We don't need a federal plan for health care. Yet Republicans have allowed liberals to frame the entire health insurance debate in these anti-market terms.


Leonard Pitts: Resentment is not identity

Posted 3/11/2017 in National Columns

So this driver is stopped at an intersection. A pedestrian is dawdling in the crosswalk. Driver leans out the window and yells, "Get out of the street, you damned liberal!"


Ask Rufus: The Chickasaws and Choctaws, people of culture

Posted 3/11/2017 in Local Columns

Last Sunday at the Mississippi-Alabama Bicentennial program at Mississippi University for Women, Phillip Morgan, a Chickasaw writer/historian, spoke about how the Chickasaws and Choctaws here at the time of statehood were a cultured, civilized people.

Slimantics: Elvis goes to Washington

Posted 3/10/2017 in Local Columns

There has been some talk lately about changing Mississippi's representation at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Each state contributes two statues of its choosing from among its favorite sons and daughters.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi: The stats do not paint a rosy picture

Posted 3/10/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi's population has almost stopped growing for the first time in 50 years. Mississippi has grown less than .7 percent since the year 2000.



Leonard Pitts: Will someone tell Ben Carson slaves were not immigrants

Posted 3/9/2017 in National Columns

A hypothetical narrative for your consideration: A man climbs through the window of a sleeping girl.



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