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Slimantics: Salvage operations are the talk of the Tombigbee

Posted 1/13/2016 in Local Columns

It began with a trickle of spectators braving the frosty early morning Tuesday to watch as the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based River Salvage Co. arrived at the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam to start work on removing two barges that had lodged against the dam, one half-submerged, the other resting tranquilly atop it.

 

Froma Harrop: What happens when private money pays for science?

Posted 1/13/2016 in National Columns

As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good.

 

 

Our View: Play ball? The W takes a step in that direction

Posted 1/12/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Almost from the moment he arrived at Mississippi University for Women as its 14th president in 2012, Dr. Jim Borsig has said the return of college athletics would be a goal for the university.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: What Bernie and The Donald portend

Posted 1/12/2016 in National Columns

 

Possumhaw: It was a silent night

Posted 1/11/2016 in Local Columns

The busy holidays had settled down and we were struggling to reclaim our regular schedules.

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.

Maybe when a new chief is appointed and with some new guidelines implemented to procedure and such, we can finally let our city police department get back to their job, keeping us safe.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Jackson council member Stokes a product of history

Posted 1/11/2016 in Local Columns

Thanks to social media and its capacity to fuel instant outrage, the wider world has met Jackson City Council member Kenneth I. Stokes, proudly representing Ward 3. He flickered, flamed, then fizzled in cyberspace last week.

 

Ask Rufus: It's just politics

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.

Partial to Home: Google's Earth

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Mrs. Leonard Ross sent us a letter last week. Enclosed was a check for six months of The Dispatch and a year's subscription to Catfish Alley. In a note with her check, Mrs. Ross wrote, "Have been subscribing to your paper since water!!! Keep it going to print!" She also wrote, "Tell Birney to keep 'Partial to Home' articles going. Printed news very important for us 'oldies,' who are not 'computer involved.'"

 

Kathleen Parker: Trump's playing of the Bill Clinton card is foul -- but fair

Posted 1/9/2016 in National Columns

Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.

 

Susan Estrich: Here comes Cruz

Posted 1/9/2016 in National Columns

In a matter of a few short weeks, Ted Cruz will become a household name. Which may -- or may not -- turn out to be good news for him.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: It comes down to a small room and a blank page

Posted 1/9/2016 in National Columns

There's a postcard they sell in Key West that has a photo of the dapper young Ernest Hemingway above the words "Hemingway Women" and portraits of four striking females.

 

Lynn Spruill: TIFs, hand-out or a legitimate development tool?

Posted 1/8/2016 in Local Columns

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a catchy name for a government give away in the form of a tax break. It's an inducement used to attract new business or a development that might not otherwise happen, a way to prime the pump, if you will.

Leonard Pitts: Obama's tear a starkly human thing

Posted 1/8/2016 in National Columns

He didn't bawl. His voice only roughened for a moment and he dabbed at a couple tears that straggled down his cheek. As displays of emotion go, it wasn't all that much. But it was, of course, more than enough.

Slimantics: Rubber-necking at the river

Posted 1/7/2016 in Local Columns

When I was a kid, one of my elementary classmates was a boy named Mike Davis. I remember Mike mainly because of the odd hobby he and his dad enjoyed.

 

Kathleen Parker: Republicans' do-nothingness on guns

Posted 1/7/2016 in National Columns

It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as " your mama."

 

 

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