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Dana Milbank: The untransparent CIA

Posted 8/9/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe. The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their spycraft against the lawmakers who are supposed to be overseeing them. The not-so-secret mission: To block the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on tortu--, uh, enhanced interrogation methods.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: A Mississippi love affair

Posted 8/9/2014 in National Columns

GREENVILLE -- The skinny teenager holds his telephone in one hand and uses the other to hitch up low-riding jeans. "I want to tell you right," he insists. I had asked directions. We are only blocks from my intended location, he knows the place, but an opportunity to strut out a phone's high-tech features should not be wasted.

 

 

Susan Estrich: 'Limited, specific and achievable'

Posted 8/9/2014 in National Columns

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, last Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Of course, the war in Iraq is supposed to be over. It was called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" until its name was changed in 2010 to "Operation New Dawn." It ended in December of 2011, in its eighth year, with the American death toll standing just shy of 5,000.

 

 

Our View: The poor next door

Posted 8/8/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometimes, it must appear that the media demonstrates a particular zeal in delivering what is rightfully considered "bad news."

 

 

Voice of the people: Edna Crossley McGill

 

Lynn Spruill: A turning point for downtown?

Posted 8/8/2014 in Local Columns

One of our aldermen has expressed a troublesome and sad view of the future of our downtown. He believes that downtown is doomed to mundane daytime activity and total nighttime irrelevance. That view, while certainly possible, if not probable, is a challenge this board should meet head-on.

 

Froma Harrop: Uber is the future

Posted 8/8/2014 in National Columns

As dawn creeps over New York's Jamaica Bay, flocks of wide-bodied red-eyes -- overnight flights from the West Coast -- land at JFK International Airport. The minute the wheels touch, cellphones click into action.

 

 

Our View: 'Let them eat cake'

Posted 8/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The legend is told that in 1789, when informed that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) supposedly sniffed, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"--"Let them eat cake." In the subsequent centuries that callous remark has been considered the standard by which all examples of a tone-deaf leader is measured.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014

 

 

Froma Harrop: Less is more... isn't it?

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want.

 

 

Our View: Our teachers need our help

Posted 8/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is the first day of school in Starkville, Oktibbeha County and West Point. Students in Columbus and Lowndes County begin classes Thursday while some private schools will not begin classes until next week.

 

 

Voice of the people: Barbara Cantrell

 

 

Dana Milbank: Caught between a Rolex and a hard place

Posted 8/6/2014 in National Columns

There is a prominent flaw in the legal strategy of Bob McDonnell: Even if the disgraced former Virginia governor wins in court, he loses.

 

 

Our View: Don't sell Short short

Posted 8/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority board of directors meet monthly in a small conference room at Propst Park. These are generally low-profile meetings. There are eight chairs for visitors placed along two walls of the small room, but they are usually unoccupied. There is rarely any media at these meetings.

 

 

Voice of the people: Sandra Sistrunk

 

Possumhaw: Three guys and a chainsaw

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner, and I sat on the back steps watching Sam, Charles and Ralph cut down 30-foot cedar trees close to the house.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Riddle over 'fully funding' public schools not yet solved

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

The late state Sen. Grey Ferris, an author the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, had a pat answer whenever he heard someone say that generous funding of Mississippi's public schools wouldn't fix what's broken.

 

 

Froma Harrop: What scares Americans about the child migrants

Posted 8/4/2014 in National Columns

What scares Americans about the child migrants The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's footprints

Posted 8/3/2014 in Local Columns

It's been almost 474 years since Hernando de Soto dined on barbecue pork in the Black Prairie just west of the Tombigbee River.

 

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