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Leonard Pitts: Father, forgive us; for we know not what we do

Posted 4/2/2013 in National Columns

Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday. She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone opened fire.

 

Birney Imes: Garden walk

Posted 4/2/2013 in Local Columns

Walk out into the backyard at 4 a.m. and the first thing you notice is the birds. A million of them there must be, all singing their particular songs. The result is a symphonic composition more complex and beautiful than anything a human could conceive.

 

George Will: William Zinsser and the art of good writing

Posted 4/2/2013 in National Columns

When asked to explain the brisk pace of his novels, Elmore Leonard said, "I leave out the parts that people skip." You will not want to skip anything in William Zinsser's short essays written for the American Scholar magazine's Web site and now collected in "The Writer Who Stayed," a book that begins with him wondering why "every year student writing is a little more disheveled."

 

Slimantics: Hire a felon?

Posted 4/2/2013 in Local Columns

Tonight, the Columbus City Council will consider a proposal to amend its hiring policies as they apply to people with felony convictions. This comes in the wake of enforcement guidelines issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that warned employers that making employment decisions based solely on a candidate's criminal history could be considered discrimination.

Possumhaw: The color's in the jigs

Posted 4/1/2013 in Local Columns

Spring flings a craving on me for something new to wear; something "springy" even if temperatures are freezing. No matter, I wanted something the yellow of a daffodil, the fuchsia of loropetalum or the purple of a budding redbud. Only I was prevented from going to my usual thrift haunts because I had given up my love of thrifting for Lent. It meant sacrifice.

 

Letter to the editor: George Hazard

 

 

Letter to the editor: Rene G. Foerster

 

 

Plea for 'balance' evokes memories of radio's Paul Harvey

Posted 4/1/2013 in Local Columns

Many hoped Paul Harvey would never die. Listening to the commentator's daily radio broadcast from Chicago was a happy habit for legions of Mississippians from right after World War II until 2009 when, at age 90, Harvey's life and career came to its inevitable end.

 

Slimantics: Political machinations shame our state

Posted 3/29/2013 in Local Columns

In a previous column, I referred to the Mississippi Legislature as a "festering pile of stupid." Upon reflection, this was not an accurate portrayal. As the 2013 legislative session draws toward a merciful end, I am reminded daily that there is a more complete description of our state leaders: "A devious, festering pile of stupid."

 

Froma Harrop: Cats vs. Dingoes

Posted 3/29/2013 in National Columns

The fight goes on. Whether cats are bird-killing machines or soft balls of love (for themselves, anyway) remains a subject of painful debate. The first part is undoubtedly true. Cats in the United States destroy a median of 2.4 billion birds a year. Add to that death toll 2.3 billion mammals, many of them native creatures: chipmunks, rabbits and voles, reptiles and amphibians.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Willis Pope

 

 

Letter to the editor: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Going paperless not as green as it seems

Posted 3/28/2013 in Local Columns

Google has started a big "Go Paperless in 2013" campaign. Paper, they say, is bad for the environment. It's high time someone called bovine manure on this. Trees are organic. Trees are renewable. Tree farms reduce CO2. There are more forests in Mississippi than there were at the turn of the century.

 

 

Carl Smith: Gay marriage isn't the end of equality issues

Posted 3/27/2013 in Local Columns

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday in two landmark cases which could impact how states and the federal government interpret marriages. I am optimistic laws can catch up to our nation's changing viewpoint on same-sex marriages, but I'm also certain federal protections are sometimes needed to ensure equality.

 

 

Our view: Something we can agree on....

Posted 3/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's announcement that Columbus Air Force Base is bringing back its Fourth of July fireworks show is something everyone can agree is a good thing.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Froma Harrop: Often you don't need a doctor

Posted 3/26/2013 in National Columns

You want a routine checkup. Or your throat is sore. It's probably nothing, but you're concerned. Do you need a full-fledged MD with all those certificates and perhaps a God complex?

 

 

Our view: Creative funding now needed for Juneteenth Festival

Posted 3/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Barring a change of heart among organizers, there will be no Juneteenth Festival in Columbus this year. The Columbus Juneteenth Festival has been held every year since 1995.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Is nothing private?

Posted 3/25/2013 in National Columns

Two guys are at a conference, looking bored. On stage, there's been talk about "dongles," which, if you aren't aware, are devices you plug in to laptops to get connectivity. Bigger ones are supposedly more powerful. Can you guess the joke? (Hint: about whether size matters.)

 

 

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