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Susan Estrich: The October surprise

Posted 10/31/2012 in National Columns

Sandy. Don't get me wrong. Like most Americans, politics was the last thing on my mind as I waited to hear from my daughter, who lost power and cell service Monday night, along with millions of other Americans, and was trying to figure out what to do and where to go with a roommate and two kittens.

 

 

Voice of the people: Anne Gillis Burkart

 

 

Voice of the people: Saul Vydas

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Days numbered for candidates, Electoral College, too

Posted 10/30/2012 in National Columns

Let's raise a toast to the end of campaign season and all those pesky ads. What do you mean, "What ads?" Oh, that's right. We live in Mississippi, one of the 40 states where the contest for the presidency is, well, no contest at all.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The Romney myth about helping Detroit

Posted 10/30/2012 in National Columns

Of Mitt Romney's many costume changes, the new Superman outfit portraying him as the would-be savior of the American auto industry wins for most imaginative.

 

Possumhaw: Fall weekends in the Prairie

Posted 10/29/2012 in Local Columns

Sam started his list of "honey-dos" and was soon dangling on the roof of the greenhouse. "Stay right there," I hollered; I ran to the house, leaving him hanging.

Ask Rufus: Not your typical morning joe

Posted 10/28/2012 in Local Columns

There is an ornamental shrub often used in our region for landscaping that is much more than just another ornamental. Its name is Ilex vomitoria, but it is better known as Yaupon Holly.

 

Cameron Triplett: Parasites on society

 

 

Roy Grubb: Critics of president off base

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Better to lose with grace than to win with deceit

Posted 10/27/2012 in National Columns

One guy was among the greatest losers in the history of politics, the other, one of the biggest winners in all of sports.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Falling for the same song

Posted 10/27/2012 in National Columns

I put on the new Iris DeMent album and place the stereo speakers near the window. It's some kind of crime in all 50 states to stay inside during October.

 

 

George Will: Mugging our descendants

Posted 10/27/2012 in National Columns

The election-eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America's new government is subverting America's old character. Barack Obama's agenda is a menu of temptations intended to change the nation 's social norms by making Americans comfortable with the degradation of democracy. This degradation consists of piling up public debt that binds unconsenting future generations to finance current consumption.

 

 

George Will: America, finally home?

Posted 10/26/2012 in National Columns

The death of George McGovern on the eve of the presidential candidates' foreign policy debate underscored a momentous political reversal spanning four decades.

 

Slimantics: 1980: Champions of the world

Posted 10/26/2012 in Local Columns

I find myself a solitary footnote of a figure in Mississippi State football history. Apparently, I was the only MSU student in 1980 who was not in the stadium on that momentous day in Jackson when State upset No. 1 Alabama, 6 to 3.

 

Froma Harrop: 'Access' to birth control doesn't count

Posted 10/25/2012 in National Columns

Mitt Romney is running ads explaining that he does not object to birth control. But no one questions his stance that women should have, as the ads say, "access" to contraception. They already do. They also have access to Coach handbags and flights to Acapulco. And that's where the Romney smokescreen, intended to close a gender gap favoring Democrats, needs clearing.

 

 

Our view: Your tax dollars at work...

Posted 10/24/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Given the record federal budget deficit, it is no surprise there is a growing sentiment for shrinking the government.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Lady Luck

Posted 10/24/2012 in National Columns

There is a lot about this election season that's easy to explain. Mitt Romney won the first debate by a lot, and President Obama won the second and third, but by smaller margins.

 

 

Our view: Kids should 'mix it up'

Posted 10/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On Oct. 30, a national tolerance group will again encourage schools across the county to "mix it up at lunch." This is not an invitation to a food fight, as the campaign's name might indicate.

 

 

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