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Roses and thorns 1/1/17

Posted 12/31/2016 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Columbus Light & Water, the city of Columbus and TVA, which have combined to help address one of the hidden costs that affect lower-income households.


Our View: Roll on, Dak

Posted 12/30/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As the year comes to a close, most us will likely view 2016 with ambivalence -- a mixture of good and bad, as is common with most years. We got enough of each to look forward to 2017 with guarded optimism.



Voice of the people: Benny and Janie Yarbrough



Voice of the people: Gary Holtman



Steve Chapman: The triumph of falsehood

Posted 12/30/2016 in National Columns

In 1644, the English poet John Milton made an eloquent case against censorship. Freedom of thought and inquiry was not only a God-given prerogative but also the best protection against error: "Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"



Our View: Everyone has a role in upcoming municipal elections

Posted 12/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The 2017 election season begins locally almost as soon as the new year.



Mona Charen: Standing 'idly by'

Posted 12/29/2016 in National Columns

Secretary of State John Kerry used the word "conscience" over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration's decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.



Froma Harrop: Cocktail culture: meditation by other means

Posted 12/29/2016 in National Columns

Stressed Americans seeking calm through decluttering and meditation might add a third activity: the cocktail hour.


Slimantics: A matter of credibility

Posted 12/28/2016 in Local Columns

Tuesday, the Mississippi Legislature begins its 2017 session and there are some pretty big issues they'll have to grapple with, matters that can no longer be addressed by kicking the can down the road, which is generally what happens when legislators are forced to face tough decisions.


Kathleen Parker: A malevolent spirit upon the land

Posted 12/28/2016 in National Columns

As usual, the year's end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be.



Voice of the people: Mayor Robert E Smith Sr.



Voice of the people: Saul Vydas



Charlie Mitchell: Supreme Court oath-taking won't be quite as spectacular

Posted 12/27/2016 in Local Columns

Before there's wall-to-wall worldwide coverage of this guy Donald Trump taking his oath to head one branch of American government, there will be a much quieter ceremony here in Mississippi.



Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts, looking back

Posted 12/27/2016 in National Columns

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit -- even if only to himself -- being a relic of a bygone era.


Shannon Bardwell: The not-buying-it resolution

Posted 12/26/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.


Namaste: Finding contentment in unexpected places

Posted 12/26/2016 in National Columns

As we age, we forget many things. However, some things we never forget; when we remember them, we get emotional. You might even smile or start crying.



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