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Voice of the people: Tom Harris

Let me try to understand this situation where Ms. Liles embezzles half a million dollars, and gets a sentence of 30 months with only 16 to serve.

 

Possumhaw: A brave Christmas story

Posted 12/17/2012 in Local Columns

Once at MUW I shared my fear with Professor David Smith that I was not brave. Looking up from his desk with horn-rimmed glasses on the tip of his nose and disheveled graying hair on his head he said, "Bravery is not bravado. It's being afraid and doing it anyway."

 

Carol Littlejohn: Letter from an angry and heartbroken mother

Posted 12/15/2012 in Local Columns

What were you thinking? Why did you do what you did? I don't care if you were mentally ill. I don't care if you were a nerd, loner or had issues. I want answers to why you had to kill 20 elementary children and six adults. You killed your mother in her bed and you picked innocent, defenseless children in their school. You killed teachers trying to protect those children.

 

 

Martha Neyman: Hide in my arms

Posted 12/15/2012 in Local Columns

I have not talked with you in a while. I still think of you. I still feel with you. We have watched our children grow. Some of our children have had to endure heartbreaks, yet most of them have matured into responsible adults with careers: teachers, bankers, writers, photographers, lawyers, doctors, etc. To feel cool, they no longer are compelled to borrow each other's clothing or to see who can make an A in Uitohoven's English class. Some have babies, and those babies are OUR grandchildren.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: America's reluctant First Father

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration -- and thus one of my personal disappointments -- was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

PASS CHRISTIAN -- It was a painting on black velvet. Half a dozen or more boats, one of them a huge Biloxi schooner, all bedecked with colored lights, moving slowly through the darkness.

 

 

Charile Mitchell: Hug a rich person this holiday; and hug a poor one, too

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

OXFORD -- Why do we let politicians and the press get away with this? For years, we've been told with increasing fervor that rich people are America's problem and if only condemned for their miserly ways, we would have a better state and nation.

 

Ask Rufus: Christmas, barbecue and global warming

Posted 12/15/2012 in Local Columns

The Christmas season always reminds me of barbecue and global warming. They have both been around our area a long time.

 

George Will: Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge

Posted 12/14/2012 in National Columns

If you have worked hard for five decades, made pots of money and now want to squander it all in Las Vegas on wine, women and baccarat, go ahead.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The debt-ceiling nonsense continues

Posted 12/14/2012 in National Columns

Nothing like a debt-ceiling brawl to raise the public's anxiety levels.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Crashing federal hypocrisy on pot

Posted 12/13/2012 in National Columns

Ah, the great American West, where man can generally breathe free and also inhale -- woman, too.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Corporate welfare alive and well in Mississippi

Posted 12/13/2012 in Local Columns

The failed Twin Creeks solar panel plant in Senatobia is yet another chapter in Mississippi's story of failed state investments.

 

 

There when you need them: First responders show their mettle on a day of craziness

Posted 12/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

For the superstitious, Wednesday's calendar date was either a compelling reason to stay in bed or a can't-miss chance to court Lady Luck.

 

 

Messiah just one more ingredient in my 'best Christmas ever'

Posted 12/12/2012 in Local Columns

I live in a world of superlatives, just ask my wife. But when every day is "the best day ever," I find I'm rarely disappointed. You would think that with high expectations, I would be let down more often than not. But I tend to keep my expectations realistic; it's what happens along the way that I find most exciting.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Christmas in Santa Monica

Posted 12/12/2012 in National Columns

Christmas in my home city of Santa Monica is different this year. It used to be that there were elaborate displays depicting the birth of Jesus in the big public park by the ocean. I've always believed that Christmas is a major religious holiday, and the display reflected that. According to people who know more about such things than I do, the large dioramas told the story of Jesus' birth according to the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

 

 

Our view: NFL tragedies force discussion of gun laws, DUIs

Posted 12/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been a tragic couple of weeks for the National Football League.

 

Our view: Fracking deserves a closer look

Posted 12/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, the Caledonia Board of Aldermen took on one of the most controversial issues in the field of energy. You might have expected a very long debate, given the board's history. Remember, this is the same body that took more than a year to resolve a dispute between a town employee and his boss for a $1-per-hour raise.

 

Leonard Pitts: Never ever, ever, ever...

Posted 12/10/2012 in National Columns

A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."

 

 

Bill Crawford: Too many pleaders and plodders, too few leaders

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

In tough times we expect strong leadership from public officials. These days our officials come from one of three types: leaders, pleaders, and plodders.

 

 

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