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Leonard Pitts: Even in tragedy, a nation divided

Posted 4/24/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: West Point -- A glimmer of hope on the horizon ...

Posted 4/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost six years, West Point has displayed a remarkable resiliency. The city has survived, if not thrived, since the closing of the Bryan Foods plant in 2007.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The bombers and who gets in

Posted 4/23/2013 in National Columns

The uncle of the accused Boston Marathon bombers got the boys right. They were unable to settle into American life, Ruslan Tsarni told reporters from his home in Maryland, "and thereby just hating everyone who did."

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Even for luddites, social media is changing the world

Posted 4/23/2013 in Local Columns

Once upon a time, Buster and Myrtle could make a decent living from their roadside café. They could reel a steady flow of travelers in from the highway for a bowl of soup (complete with cigarette ashes floating on top) using only a billboard.

 

Possumhaw: Peeps in the Prairie

Posted 4/22/2013 in Local Columns

It was Good Friday, one of Sam's annual fishing days. I, on the other hand, drove out to Tractor Supply to look at ducklings. I told myself I didn't have to buy any, I would just look. I gave myself permission to buy some if I wanted to, but I didn't have to. I had an animated conversation with myself the whole way.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: A fiasco in the making

Posted 4/22/2013 in Local Columns

While Mississippi Power was building the $4 billion Kemper coal plant, Entergy bought a natural gas plant for $250 million -- one twelfth the cost per kilowatt.

 

Birney Imes: A turnaround at The W

Posted 4/20/2013 in Local Columns

"I'd call it a miracle," a W alumna was saying Saturday afternoon. She was talking about the love fest going on at her alma mater this weekend. Anyone who endured the dark days of a few years back, when alumni had taken to the barricades and there was talk of merger with State, would have to agree.

 

Leonard Pitts: 'Oh, my God'

Posted 4/20/2013 in National Columns

Soon after the explosions, there appeared on the website of The Boston Globe a video of the moment. Runners in the city's iconic marathon are jogging across the finish line and everyone is cheering, when there is a clap of thunder and an orange bloom of fire from within a ring of flags honoring the nations represented in the race. It is followed, seconds later, by another blast from just down the street.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The books that rocked your world

Posted 4/20/2013 in National Columns

It was a bookstore in an old house that also sold chocolate treats and bottled beer, pretty much a working definition of heaven. A group of convivial folks, mostly from the nearby college, had come to listen to Alabama author and veteran journalist Frye Gaillard talk about his latest, "The Books That Mattered, A Reader's Memoir."

 

Ask Rufus: Spring Time 1849

Posted 4/20/2013 in Local Columns

The cold snap of the last few days has brought to mind an account of spring time 164 years ago. The plantation journal for a Billups farm in Lowndes County during the spring of 1849 has survived and paints an interesting picture.

 

Our view: Thank you, Big Brother ...

Posted 4/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It wasn't all that long ago that the idea of posting surveillance cameras in public places was considered as some sort of Orwellian nightmare come true as fears emerged of an ubiquitous "Big Brother" spying on the activities of law-abiding citizens.

 

 

George Will: What's behind the funding of the welfare state

Posted 4/19/2013 in National Columns

The regulatory, administrative state, which progressives champion, is generally a servant of the strong, for two reasons.

 

 

Voice of the people: Melony Beard

 

 

Voice of the people: Anne Burkart

 

 

Susan Estrich: Hitting home

Posted 4/18/2013 in National Columns

I'm from Boston. Over the years, I lived in two apartments within a stone's throw of Monday's bombings. Over the years, I stood and cheered marathon runners countless times.

 

 

Our view: School uniforms not among most pressing issues facing schools

Posted 4/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School District's decision to make uniforms mandatory district-wide beginning next year has met vocal resistance from some quarters.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The day after the bombings in Boston

Posted 4/17/2013 in National Columns

You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can't put your finger on the reason. Possibilities flitter across the landscape of near-consciousness: An exam? A deadline? A speech? What day is it? Oh my God, Boston.

 

Slimantics: Juneteenth has a transcendent opportunity

Posted 4/17/2013 in Local Columns

By my estimation, it took the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees almost six months to say no to Leroy Brooks.

 

Letter to the editor: Cameron Triplett

 

 

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