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Susan Estrich: Three cheers for an independent judiciary

Posted 1/3/2014 in National Columns

My friend Greg Jarrett from Fox News was the first to point out the irony. A few days earlier, I had made the point that it was a George W. Bush appointee on the federal bench who struck down the National Security Agency surveillance program that the Bush administration (as well as the Obama administration) relied upon. Three cheers for an independent judiciary.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Dream the American Dream in 2014

Posted 1/2/2014 in National Columns

America's capacity for optimism and hope has been boundless through much of our short history. The tangible returns of hard work, the ordered liberty sustained through community consent and opportunity honed over time to apply equally to all men and women -- these were the currency of what we called the American Dream.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Never too late to start up

Posted 1/2/2014 in National Columns

Could an aging population be good for economic growth? I mean, isn't it an accepted fact that our economy will suffer as more Americans pass age 65 and start sitting around all day, soaking up government benefits?

 

 

Voice of the people: Nan Lott

 

Slimantics: Frazier's firing hits close to home

Posted 12/31/2013 in Local Columns

Monday, the Minnesota Vikings fired its football coach, which normally wouldn't be of much interest in Columbus except among the most fanatic of NFL fans.

 

Our view: Columbus 2014, Restoring optimism should be Job 1 for city leaders

Posted 12/31/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this month, the Columbus City Council, after a two-day tour of the city's six wards, met in a retreat in an effort to identify goals for the city, both short-term and long-term.

 

 

Voice of the people: George Hazard

 

Possumhaw: Books 'R' Us

Posted 12/30/2013 in Local Columns

There is a man who often mails books, and when the postal clerk asks the obligatory, "Is there anything hazardous or flammable in the package?" He answers, "Yes, words."

 

Froma Harrop: Social Security gets more politically secure

Posted 12/30/2013 in National Columns

Proposals to raise Social Security benefits are a refreshing antidote to portrayals of the program as a mere drain on the Treasury. Details of some such plans are troubling -- for reasons I'll go into -- but the change in tone is most welcome.

 

Ask Rufus: New Year's Day 1814

Posted 12/28/2013 in Local Columns

This New Year's Day arrives with a fair share of concerns: What will the Affordable Care Act do to health care? Will the economy improve? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? As much as those issues worry people, they are nothing like the fears of people in the Tombigbee River Valley 200 years ago on January 1, 1814.

Slimantics: Resolutions I don't have to keep

Posted 12/28/2013 in Local Columns

Now that Christmas is behind us, our thoughts naturally turn to the New Year and what it might hold.

 

Our view: As we grieve for our neighbors, we wait for answers

Posted 12/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It happened 70 miles to the north, yet the tragic event that played out in Tupelo Monday hit far closer to home than that. Around 3 p.m. Monday, a pair of Tupelo Police Department officers were gunned down in a shootout after responding to a robbery call in a busy area of town.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Three more years

Posted 12/27/2013 in National Columns

The disastrous rollout of Obamacare, worse than anyone anticipated or warned, could have doomed the president's second term. It would require something very big to take your eyes off of that disaster. What an idea. Shut down the government.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Reality has its risks

Posted 12/26/2013 in National Columns

The honchos at A&E, professing shock that an old Southern redneck from their reality TV hit "Duck Dynasty" made the sort of homophobic remarks one would expect from an old Southern redneck, yanked Phil Robertson off the show. A culture war skirmish ensued.

 

 

Clarence Page: Why the right should support boosting minimum wage, too

Posted 12/26/2013 in National Columns

I've heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: "You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?"

 

Slimantics: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Posted 12/24/2013 in Local Columns

Among the cards and letters that have arrived on my desk this Christmas season, I came across a curious correspondence I thought warranted a personal response. The subject matter is time sensitive, so I thought the most expedient way to answer would be through this column.

 

Our view: Christmas is at hand ... mercifully

Posted 12/24/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas is near at hand. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course. We know it is Christmas from the faint aroma of burned credit-card plastic, thinned wallets, frazzled nerves, small children whose behavior is suspiciously good, a lack of attention to detail to every-day duties and the inability to understand "why everybody just won't get out of our way, for crying out loud."

 

Possumhaw: The dark night of Christmas

Posted 12/23/2013 in Local Columns

For days he asked, "Is it Christmas yet?" "No Daddy, still two more days." Our roles were reversed; now the daddy asked the child, "Is it Christmas yet?"

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Commentary on Sunday's paper Whoo-Whee! Where do I start?

 

 

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