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Charlie Mitchell: 'Best available version of the truth' is what media offers

Posted 4/29/2013 in Local Columns

 

Ask Rufus: The alligator in Southern history

Posted 4/27/2013 in Local Columns

With more frequent sightings of alligators along the Tombigbee River, and with popular television shows such as "Swamp People," alligators fascinate folks of all ages.

 

Slim Smith: Everyday heroes

Posted 4/27/2013 in Local Columns

In times of tragedies such as the one we have witnessed in Boston and West, Texas, our thoughts turn to heroes. Somehow, it seems that our psyches are wired to look for heroes when great tragedies occur. Perhaps it a function of the innate optimism of humanity, this compulsion to look for good among evil and hope in the midst of despair.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Why Carol matters

Posted 4/27/2013 in National Columns

In childhood, summer vacation was synonymous with Florida. One year, in a slight departure from fishing the state's central lakes, we visited the winter home of the circus in Sarasota.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A little humility may be in order

Posted 4/27/2013 in National Columns

This is for the rest of us. Meaning the ones who don't have personal chefs, gift-wrapping rooms or hired sycophants, who don't hobnob or rub shoulders, and who drive the same car every day of the week. The rest of us would like to offer some of you a little advice:

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Bush's legacy is more than Iraq

Posted 4/27/2013 in National Columns

In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation's attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Forgiving a cheater requires spousal permission

Posted 4/25/2013 in National Columns

As the reporter said to the novelist: Why bother to make stuff up? For stories and characters, one needs only a pair of walking shoes in this city, where recent attentions have turned to two salacious stories.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The terror of not knowing

Posted 4/25/2013 in National Columns

As the manhunt for the Boston bombers reached its climactic conclusion, Americans of all hues and backgrounds heaved a sigh of relief.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Free the 'work beasts'

Posted 4/25/2013 in National Columns

We who work through colds, bad backs and low moods -- however liberal we might be -- have permission to resent those who could hold a job but don't, preferring to collect disability checks unto the decades. You see them at the coffee shop, refilling their cups in leisure, or even pumping iron at the gym.

 

 

Our view: Pursuit policies should not be a secret

Posted 4/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A Tuesday incident involving a suspect who refused to yield to blue lights during a traffic stop ended with an arrest. But it did not end speculation about how the Columbus Police Department handles pursuits or whether its policy on pursuits should be a matter of public knowledge.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Even in tragedy, a nation divided

Posted 4/24/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: West Point -- A glimmer of hope on the horizon ...

Posted 4/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost six years, West Point has displayed a remarkable resiliency. The city has survived, if not thrived, since the closing of the Bryan Foods plant in 2007.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The bombers and who gets in

Posted 4/23/2013 in National Columns

The uncle of the accused Boston Marathon bombers got the boys right. They were unable to settle into American life, Ruslan Tsarni told reporters from his home in Maryland, "and thereby just hating everyone who did."

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Even for luddites, social media is changing the world

Posted 4/23/2013 in Local Columns

Once upon a time, Buster and Myrtle could make a decent living from their roadside café. They could reel a steady flow of travelers in from the highway for a bowl of soup (complete with cigarette ashes floating on top) using only a billboard.

 

Possumhaw: Peeps in the Prairie

Posted 4/22/2013 in Local Columns

It was Good Friday, one of Sam's annual fishing days. I, on the other hand, drove out to Tractor Supply to look at ducklings. I told myself I didn't have to buy any, I would just look. I gave myself permission to buy some if I wanted to, but I didn't have to. I had an animated conversation with myself the whole way.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: A fiasco in the making

Posted 4/22/2013 in Local Columns

While Mississippi Power was building the $4 billion Kemper coal plant, Entergy bought a natural gas plant for $250 million -- one twelfth the cost per kilowatt.

 

Birney Imes: A turnaround at The W

Posted 4/20/2013 in Local Columns

"I'd call it a miracle," a W alumna was saying Saturday afternoon. She was talking about the love fest going on at her alma mater this weekend. Anyone who endured the dark days of a few years back, when alumni had taken to the barricades and there was talk of merger with State, would have to agree.

 

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