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Froma Harrop: Spending behind your mate's back

Posted 8/31/2013 in National Columns

A little infidelity, a little cheating, is OK in a marriage -- or even protective of it -- if the sneaking is just about money. Note the emphasis on "little."


Slimantics: Reflecting on the original meaning of Labor Day

Posted 8/30/2013 in Local Columns

Monday is Labor Day, a holiday that really has no traditions associated with it. The day is more commonly used as a day to celebrate the approaching end of summer.


Our view: A twittering waste of time

Posted 8/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There are some laws that aren't worth enforcing. Many are simply relics of an earlier era, laws that have languished on the books because they were rarely, if ever, enforced to begin with and, as such, easy to forget.



Kathleen Parker: For Miley, time to return to prudery

Posted 8/29/2013 in National Columns



Our view: A enduring moment in American history

Posted 8/28/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people converged on the national mall in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event provided a seminal moment in America's civil rights movement.



Voice of the People: Billy Harris



Voice of the people: Leslie Hutchins



Thomas Sowell: A poignant anniversary

Posted 8/28/2013 in National Columns



Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Posted 8/27/2013 in National Columns



Froma Harrop: We all need moderate Republicans

Posted 8/27/2013 in National Columns



Charlie Mitchell: Community reporters do the legwork for democracy

Posted 8/26/2013 in Local Columns

In Mississippi, people paid to influence legislation (lobbyists) must register. They must file reports when they feed and otherwise entertain public officials. In Mississippi, candidates for any public office must file reports showing every campaign gift (cash or in-kind) worth more than $200.



Voice of the People: John Imes


Possumhaw: Misty day in the Prairie

Posted 8/26/2013 in Local Columns

Not many folks would show up in the misting rain for a Gator ride, but Dianne Patterson did. She was dressed in rain jacket and green rubber shoes. I offered an umbrella, but she slid her pale blue hood over her head.

Ask Rufus: Once in a Blue Moon

Posted 8/25/2013 in Local Columns

I think we have all heard the expression "once in a blue moon" without knowing what a blue moon is. We just know it is a rare or uncommon event. Last week we had a blue moon but that doesn't mean the moon was some strange shade of blue.

Birney Imes: Going down to Rosedale

Posted 8/24/2013 in Local Columns

ROSEDALE (Saturday, Aug. 17) -- The early morning sunlight has turned the glass of the streets broken beer bottles into sparkling gemstones. The alchemists responsible for these riches have abdicated, at least for now, leaving the dogs and cats to rule a two-block stretch of bombed-out juke joints and defunct storefronts otherwise known as Bruce Street.


Harriett Vaughn: Impatient for start of bus service

The delays by the city in opening its bus service is a disgrace. Why does the Historic Commission even have any say in this matter? This is a much-needed service in this area, not to mention that it will provide some much-needed jobs.



Jo Shumake: In defense of Councilman Mickens

In the "Roses and Thorns" column of the Aug. 18 Dispatch, Councilman Joseph Mickens was taken to task for missing the Aug. 15 public hearing on the proposed closing of six city railroad crossings and for being "not particularly concerned with his constituents' views on matters that affect the city."



Rheta Johnson: Keeping Paula Deen down

Posted 8/24/2013 in National Columns

Now that the world is rid of a dangerous Deep South cook named Paula Deen, we can rest easy. Stripped of her epicurean empire and rode out on a rail through the virtual streets all buttered and feathered, our nation finally is free of racism. Isn't it?



Kathleen Parker: Obama's race remarks exacerbate tensions

Posted 8/24/2013 in National Columns

If I had a son, he would look like Christopher Lane, the 22-year-old Australian baseball player shot dead while jogging in Oklahoma.



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