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Partial to Home: Pictures from an exhibition

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Thirty-five years ago this month Blewett Thomas invited me to ride over to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to visit the bluesman Johnny Shines. The day before Blewett had met Axel Kustner, a German blues enthusiast, who was visiting their mutual friend, Big Joe Williams in Crawford.

 

Voice of the people: Mike Rathbone

For years now, I have been trying to get the city to address, and fix, a ditch that has repeatedly flooded my mother's yard, carport room and has left water standing under the house, which I am sure is damaging the timbers of the flooring.

 

 

Roses and thorns: 7/14/13

Posted 7/13/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Ask Rufus: Mississippi and the separation of church and state

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Today there is much discussion about prayer in schools and the separation of church and state. Very few people, though, realize the origin of that discussion and controversy. Even fewer know of the role Mississippi played in its beginning.

 

Our view: No excuses, fund education

Posted 7/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For three years now, the Republican Party has held control of all three branches of Mississippi's government, and if there is one consistent pattern that can be detected it is this: Any idea that lies outside the narrow confines of conservative policy is rejected on the grounds that "we can't afford it."

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Take cameras out of the courtroom

Posted 7/12/2013 in National Columns

As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.

 

 

Voice of the people: Chris Gottbrath

 

 

Voice of the people: Jason Lee

 

Slimantics: Columbus' Elvis, largely ignored

Posted 7/11/2013 in Local Columns

I grew up in East Tupelo, about a mile from the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Even though Elvis was at his height as a performer during my youth, Tupelo didn't make too big a deal out of Elvis in the late 1960s.

 

Lloyd Gray: Vigilance on voting rights

Posted 7/10/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Voice of the people: Richard Corey

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Edward Snowden is no hero

Posted 7/10/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Transparent as mud

Posted 7/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Every year, a few words become so popular that they enter the dictionary. Last year, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added such words/phrases as "f-bomb," "sexting," "bucket list" and "aha moment."

 

 

Voice of the people: Juan Corrigan

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Who is racist?

Posted 7/9/2013 in National Columns

 

Possumhaw: You can't make this stuff up

Posted 7/8/2013 in Local Columns

Here I am." Kathy McCoy hollered and motioned for me to follow. Cupped in her hand was a fuzzy-headed purple martin. Kathy explained the bird was born with an undeveloped wing. Marty chirped constantly but nestled comfortably next to Kathy.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Environmental stewardship is everybody's business

Posted 7/8/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A talk with God while waiting in line

Posted 7/6/2013 in National Columns

I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see "Monsters University." He's a big Billy Crystal fan. "So," I said, "have you heard about these religious atheists?" God gave me a look. "Is this a joke?" He asked.

 

 

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