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Martha Graham: Fracking poem

This is a poem about a small town, whose aldermen decided to let them down.

 

 

John Imes: Ways to better understand fracking

Anyone who is concerned about the recent news that hydrofracking is happening in Lowndes County may very well feel overwhelmed or helpless as though facing an incoming tidal wave. Maybe we ask, "What can I do?" Or maybe we're confused and don't know who to trust. "The people with the oil and gas industry say it's safe. The Caledonia board of aldermen seem to think it's safe. Other people say it's terrible. Who should I trust?"

 

 

Bo Diermann: Common sense and fracking

People with little knowledge of the petroleum industry or the technology used are expressing their views and opinions as if they were proven facts. If you watch a biased movie or prejudiced documentary, you are now a bona-fide expert in the field of oil and gas drilling and completion techniques. Besides being of profound knowledge, you pass judgment and condemn the business and the industry for generating profits for their shareholders, creating jobs thus reducing unemployment.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Does torture work?

Posted 1/18/2013 in National Columns

Does torture work? It is a Bush-era debate that has found Obama-era relevance because of a new movie, "Zero Dark Thirty," in which torture seems to work quite well.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Martin Pomphrey, Jr. M.D.

 

 

Our view: A time for change

Posted 1/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tommy Prude's term on the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees will end March 2. While there is some reason to believe Prude will ask to be re-appointed for another five-year term, we do not believe it is in the best interests of the district for Prude to return.

 

 

George Will: Some questions for Hagel

Posted 1/17/2013 in National Columns

Senate hearings on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary will be a distinctive Washington entertainment, a donnybrook without drama. He should be confirmed: Presidents are due substantial deference in selecting Cabinet members because they administer presidential policies and, unlike judicial appointments, they leave when their nominators do.

 

Slimantics: Charter schools: The poor get poorer

Posted 1/17/2013 in Local Columns

For the second time in two years, the Mississippi Senate has passed Charter School legislation. The bill, which has a faint aroma of Good -Ole-Boy corruption, would permit for-profit charter schools to open in chronically low performing districts.

 

Leonard Pitts: Our freedom to be left alone

Posted 1/16/2013 in National Columns

Exposed. That, in a word, is how you feel when someone broadcasts your home address without your knowledge, against your wishes. Your correspondent speaks from experience.

 

 

Our view: How you can improve education in Mississippi

Posted 1/16/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On a visit to the Dispatch about a month ago, Terry Brown, the Mississippi Senate pro tempore from Columbus, was asked why he so vigorously supports charter school legislation.

 

 

Our view: The Long Blue Line continues

Posted 1/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Mississippi University for Women revealed the results of a four-month effort to define, sharpen and unify its goals under the leadership of Dr. Jim Borsig, who has been on the job as president for about a year now.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Shouting matches have no chance at curbing gun violence

Posted 1/15/2013 in Local Columns

That gruesome skip-rope ditty dates to 1892, when young Lizzie was on trial in Massachusetts for the bludgeoning deaths of her parents. The question for us in 2013 is, "If a 9mm Glock had been handy, would she still have used a hatchet?"

 

 

Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

 

Possumhaw: Poke salad Annie

Posted 1/14/2013 in Local Columns

I noticed them right off. There on the roadside near the ditch were big, leafy greens. Once or twice I saw people picking them. I was reminded of the time I saw folks picking greens and carefully putting them in a cloth sack. I asked what they were. "Fiddleheads," they said.

Adele Elliott: Fired up

Posted 1/12/2013 in Local Columns

When I was a child we were all terrified of the Russians, specifically, of the bombs from that country, which we believed were aimed directly at my classroom in St. James Major grammar school. We were taught to crouch under our small, wooden desks and bury our heads ostrich-like under our arms.

 

Rheta Johnson: Teri Tandoori and the Christmas visitors

Posted 1/12/2013 in National Columns

TUPELO. -- I carry on a friendly argument with friends who live in big cities like New Orleans and Memphis, and rave about their so-called convenience. In little Iuka, I can drive the seven miles in from my house, go to the grocery, the post office and the bank, have at least one spontaneous conversation with a friend or an enemy and be home in less than 30 minutes. It doesn't get more convenient than that.

 

 

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.

 

 

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