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Wyatt Emmerich: Corporate welfare, a losing game for taxpayers

Posted 4/3/2014 in Local Columns

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Jackson recently, Gov. Bryant addressed the issue of special tax incentives to lure big manufacturers to Mississippi.



Our view: Government's place

Posted 4/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last night, the Columbus City Council considered plans for development of the portion of an area called "The Island" that lies adjacent to the Columbus Riverwalk and Columbus Soccer Complex, two county/city joint efforts that have proven to be welcomed additions to the city.



Paul Mack: Hear that mockingbird sing

Posted 4/2/2014 in Local Columns

It's spring -- plants and animals going nuts. Songbirds' hormones increase with day length, and most of the noise you hear is coming from males intent on finding a mate. In these parts a lot of that singing is from that storied species, the mockingbird.



Leonard Pitts: The real face of poverty

Posted 4/2/2014 in National Columns

"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." -- Rep. Paul Ryan


Possumhaw: Made in the U.S.A., or not

Posted 3/31/2014 in Local Columns

The jean jacket label said Bangladesh. Prairie skirt made in the U.S.A. Old Navy jacket made in China, as was the Longleaf camo jacket, as was the Ralph Lauren skirt. Really? Ralph Lauren made in China? Ann Taylor -- Hong Kong; MSU baseball hat -- Taiwan R.O. C. Shoes were a mix of Brazil, Mexico and China.

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi marijuana laws already pretty loose

Posted 3/31/2014 in Local Columns

After two states -- Washington and Colorado -- legalized recreational use of marijuana, people were heard saying, "That will never happen in Mississippi" or "Mississippi will be the last state to do that." Well, maybe. Maybe not.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett


Ask Rufus: Roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage

Posted 3/29/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage run deep within our community. In 1939, T.C. Billups decided to act on the success of Natchez and other Southern towns in using a spring pilgrimage to attract tourists and promote community development.

Birney Imes: Sweetness and light on a Friday afternoon

Posted 3/29/2014 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon at 6:30 I was standing in front of Shattuck Hall on The W campus watching honeybees fly in and out of a Corinthian column.


Rheta Johnson: Notes from a corner

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW-- I work in a corner of my bedroom. My desk is an old, dark wicker one, about three feet wide and two feet deep. Its small size keeps mess at a minimum. There is a window to my right, and I try not to look out when I'm supposed to be writing. When I part the curtains to stare, I see yellow daffodils on a drab March landscape, yellow butter on dry toast.



Leonard Pitts: Hobby Lobby court case a slippery slope

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage.



Kathleen Parker: Lighten up on the first lady

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama. From criticism of her trip to China to a recent "tell-all" by former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin in the New Republic about Obama's allegedly tyrannical behavior, the gloves have been removed.


Lynn Spruill: Lessons from law school

Posted 3/28/2014 in Local Columns

Unlike a good number of my friends and acquaintances, I truly enjoyed my law school classes. My plan when I graduated from Mississippi State University was to go to law school at Ole Miss. I had been accepted and scheduled to start classes there when the Navy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.


Kathleen Parker: 'Gov. Moonbeam' finds his center

Posted 3/28/2014 in National Columns

In matters cultural, California has always been the United States' petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.



Our view: A question of competence

Posted 3/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Any organization -- be it a business, school system or government -- is only as good as its management and employees. The ability to hire competent workers along with a clear path to remove ineffective ones, as unpleasant as that can be, is critical to the success of any organization.



Our view: Who stands for the environment?

Posted 3/27/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week, The Dispatch was the first to report on Columbus Light & Water's refusal to process KiOR's wastewater. The news was the latest in a string of bad news for the Texas-based public company, which has invested over $200 million in its Columbus plant.



Froma Harrop: Two-track minds on security and privacy

Posted 3/27/2014 in National Columns

The first shocking headlines after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared revealed that two men had boarded with stolen passports. "Stark evidence of security gap," blared The Christian Science Monitor.



Susan Estrich: The plane

Posted 3/26/2014 in National Columns

I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I've read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.



Kathleen Parker: 'Noah,' the movie

Posted 3/26/2014 in National Columns

There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.



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