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Leonard Pitts: How black is black enough?

Posted 1/12/2013 in National Columns

I suddenly find myself concerned about my blackness. It had never occurred to me to worry about it before. Then came the incident last month on ESPN's "First Take" program that initially got commentator Rob Parker suspended and then, last week, fired outright. It seems Parker, who is African-American, analyzed what he saw as the insufficient blackness of Robert Griffin III, rookie quarterback for the Washington, D.C., football team that is named for a racial slur.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Gun control proposals hardly draconian

Posted 1/12/2013 in National Columns

Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of preempting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

 

Ask Rufus: An 1858 lawsuit and the building of the railroad

Posted 1/12/2013 in Local Columns

Reading the Dispatch last week one could not help but notice the problems that a potential new industry seemed to have in living up to its commitments. Such problems are not something new. When the Mobile and Ohio Railroad was constructed through this area in the late 1850s, all was not smooth sailing.

 

Susan Estrich: Power and powerlessness

Posted 1/11/2013 in National Columns

Years ago, when the candidate I was working for rejected my advice, I made the mistake of going back to the headquarters and telling my loyal staff (who together had formulated the rejected proposal) that our recommendation had been declined. I did my best, I told them, but I just couldn't make the sale.

 

 

Our view: Are taxpayers playing against loaded dice?

Posted 1/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In September, Link CEO Joe Max Higgins took the podium at a large gathering East Mississippi Community College to announce that a steering committee had been formed to examine the possibility of Starkville/Oktibbeha County joining West Point/Clay County and Columbus/Lowndes County in what became the Golden Triangle Development Link.

 

 

Voice of the people: Laura Triplett

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Those 'dang idiots' in Congress keep our boat afloat

Posted 1/10/2013 in Local Columns

As Mississippi lawmakers huddle in Jackson to start the 2013 session, there will be the usual grumbling about those dang idiots in Washington.

 

Slimantics: Meredith remains an enigma

Posted 1/9/2013 in Local Columns

James Meredith was the guest speaker at Tuesday's Columbus Rotary meeting. Having been a frequent enough Rotary guest not to be considered a guest anymore, I noted that Meredith's appearance drew an especially large crowd.

 

Kathleen Parker: Can't we aim higher than 'Honey Boo Boo'?

Posted 1/9/2013 in National Columns

No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo.

 

 

Our view: Bryant's obstinance nothing more than political grandstanding

Posted 1/8/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant believes in the rule of law and the will of the people. Unless, of course, it's a law he doesn't like or the will of the people turns out to be at odds with his own views.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The Hagel defense

Posted 1/8/2013 in National Columns

A decorated Vietnam vet, Chuck Hagel combines experience in war with skepticism over turning to military solutions where diplomacy might work. Add to those qualifications a tendency to speak his mind (after using it), and the former Republican senator from Nebraska seems uniquely placed to lead the Department of Defense in 2013.

 

 

Voice of the people: Billy Wilemon, Jr.

Nunnelee does not represent people of Mississippi This is in response to the letter (editorial, advertisement?) from Hon. Alan Nunnelee published in another local newspaper on 12/16/12.

 

Possumhaw: When loss is a good thing

Posted 1/7/2013 in Local Columns

The telescope stands poised at the window, aimed at the deer feeder. At dawn and twilight a Bardwell can be seen standing with eye pressed to the scope, but on this morning I swung the scope toward the lake. A flock of geese had descended and there was Leah, the domestic duck, amongst them.

 

Alan Nunnelee: Solutions not deals

Posted 1/7/2013 in Local Columns

In the wee hours of the first day of the New Year, after most Americans had concluded their celebrations, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. The deal was then quickly rushed through the U.S. Senate while most people were asleep.

 

Birney Imes: May the good days outnumber the bad ones

Posted 1/5/2013 in Local Columns

Saturday morning I took the dogs down to Friendship. They know the drill. I open the gate and say, "Get in the truck." The truck being a battered Ford Ranger with a tailgate that wants to fall off. Hank leaps in barking with excitement while Maggie cowers, waiting to be lifted.

 

Rheta Johnson: Mabel and Barney and Hannah and me

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW-- My resolution for the new year is to make a little money. I don't need a whole lot, simply enough to pay for dog food and maybe a little extra for me to enjoy Mexican lunches with my friend Jean.

 

 

George Will: Luck of the Irish

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

Yet another reason to revere Calvin Coolidge is that he thought the Chicago Bears were a circus act. In the 1920s, professional football was small beer compared to the already big business of college football. Which today prospers partly by selling beer: Watch the commercials that pay for the television contracts that have recently disordered many college football conferences and nullified what were solemnly called "traditional rivalries." 

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Freedom to live in fear

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" -- from "Gun" by Gil Scott-Heron So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish.

 

Ask Rufus: Sam Kaye

Posted 1/5/2013 in Local Columns

This past week I lost a close friend when Sam Kaye passed away and Columbus lost not only a good citizen, but a gold mine of its history.

 

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