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Charlie Mitchell: Kids' Page provides definitions worth reviewing

Posted 1/10/2017 in Local Columns

It's not often that the Kids' Page, a syndicated feature printed in some newspapers, inspires a grownup, but it can happen.

 

Possumhaw: Social order of buzzards

Posted 1/9/2017 in Local Columns

Who knew there was a pecking order among buzzards? First off, we don't actually have buzzards here in the Prairie; we just call them buzzards.

 

Leonard Pitts: Media must take a moral stand

Posted 1/9/2017 in National Columns

"Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews." That, according to legend -- and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald -- was the routine response of an '80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring "balance" to a story where none should exist, where the moral high ground was clearly held by one side or the other

 

Steve Chapman: The risks of repealing Obamacare

Posted 1/9/2017 in National Columns

Much of politics is not about solving problems. It's about decrying problems while blaming your opponents for causing them or for failing to solve them. The trick is to always evade responsibility. It's like a game of hot potato. When the music stops, the winners are the ones holding nothing.

Partial to Home: Beware the sulling possum

Posted 1/7/2017 in Local Columns

"A Mr. Ronald Crowe is here to see you." It was a receptionist in the front office, Monday morning.

 

Steve Chapman: What Queen Elizabeth reveals about Trump

Posted 1/7/2017 in National Columns

Life for a modern monarch is often a jeweled prison, with an excess of tedium and a dearth of authority. Anyone who detests the idea of royals can take satisfaction in how insignificant they have become. But their adaptation to this shrunken role sheds a revealing light on Donald Trump.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: If Obama is a Muslim, is Trump a Russian spy?

Posted 1/7/2017 in National Columns

First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya.

 

 

Our View: The way we were -- and can yet be

Posted 1/6/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, two events -- seemingly unrelated opened a window on what we used to -- and how we might recapture it as well.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Is liberal democracy an endangered species?

Posted 1/6/2017 in National Columns

"As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy," writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, "it is illiberal democracy."

 

Slimantics: Legislature off to a rousing start

Posted 1/5/2017 in Local Columns

The Legislature opened for business in Jackson Tuesday and wasted no time in addressing many of the serious issues facing our state.

 

Froma Harrop: The people saved the ethics office, not the tweets

Posted 1/5/2017 in National Columns

That went over well. In the darkness of night on a federal holiday, House Republicans voted to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics.

 

Home Base: Making that resolution

Posted 1/4/2017 in Local Columns

An editor for whom I worked at Mississippi State University told me this day would come.

 

Veronique de Rugy: Political resolutions for the New Year

Posted 1/4/2017 in National Columns

The new year is a time to make resolutions to improve your life over the next 12 months.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Schools and slush funds could be top topics this session

Posted 1/3/2017 in Local Columns

It will be a short session, only 90 days. Mississippi lawmakers will be back home while the azaleas are still in bloom, at least in some parts of the state.

 

 

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