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Michael Gerson: Viewing Ferguson from Selma

Posted 3/13/2015 in National Columns

The juxtaposition of the Justice Department's damning Ferguson report and President Obama's fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly have found it providential, so I'll go with that.

 

 

Voice of the people: Brenda Caradine

I was part of the fortunate audience this past week who saw the Columbus Arts Council Community Theatre production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," part of the Big Read event for the past several months sponsored by the CAC and the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

What part of the Constitution are the power brokers of both parties using to governing the country? From the lobbyists to the political power brokers, "we the people" have lost our voice. The president has his phone and his "Bic" pen to issue executive orders.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Hillary and her server

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Cohabiting ... with children

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.

 

 

Our View: When athletes get in trouble

Posted 3/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

After initial reports that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott had been injured in a confrontation while attending a concert in Panama City Beach, Florida on Monday, a lot of people waited for the other shoe to drop.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Words that kill

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

"At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Fox 'News' proof of old P.T. Barnum adage

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

Every once in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look smarter than you are. Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.

 

 

Voice of the people: Dr. James Hunt

 

Slimantics: Legislature should reject special needs education bills

Posted 3/10/2015 in Local Columns

Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.

 

Patrick Buchanan: Does Iran really want a bomb?

Posted 3/10/2015 in National Columns

America, we have a problem.

 

Possumhaw: How birds keep their feet from freezing

Posted 3/9/2015 in Local Columns

For the second time in a week the ground was covered with snow and ice. The first storm left mounds of snow covering outbuildings, vehicles and piling right up to the lake water's edge. The pristine snow made the white ducks look dingy.

 

Voice of the people: Buddy Nabors

Every year when I go to the courthouse to purchase my car tag, I get upset. Why? I am a veteran of the Vietnam era, and I pay the extra $30 to proudly display my veteran tag. Why should I have to pay an extra $30? Haven't I and my brothers and sisters who have served already paid that price!

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Civil Rights Movement changed only the legal landscape

Posted 3/9/2015 in National Columns

 

Ask Rufus: Unsung heroes

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.

 

Voice of the people: America should not send ground troops to Iraq again

Americans are again hearing debate on TV and in the print media -- including Time magazine -- about whether the U.S. should send ground troops to Iraq to fight ISIS. I do not think America should go in again.

 

Birney Imes: Ed Phillips, requiescat in pace

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

Ed Phillips looked like a man you might have seen sauntering down the gangplank of a Mississippi riverboat at the foot of Canal Street sometime in the mid-1800s. Barrel chested, uncommonly handsome and with a voice that rumbled like distant thunder, Ed would have been a more-than-adequate stand-in for Clark Gable in that actor's most memorable role. Ed died Saturday a week ago. He was 80.

 

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