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Susan Estrich: World Series time

Posted 10/19/2012 in National Columns

Who are these undecided voters? The one thing that seems clear is that there aren't many of them. The harder question is how anyone who really does plan to vote could still be struggling with whom to vote for.

 

 

Our view: Harry, Ralph need 'a night in the box'...

Posted 10/18/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Strother Martin's character in the movie, "Cool Hand Luke" said it best: "What we have here is failure to communicate.''

 

 

Our view: Term limits: an idea whose time has come

Posted 10/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the universal criticism of a free press is that bad news seems to dominate its pages. Although that claim is more imagined than real, it is a charge that newspapers cannot dismiss out of hand.

 

Slimantics: Mississippi needs a different 'growth industry'

Posted 10/16/2012 in Local Columns

It was a March afternoon in 2007. I was sitting in my bunk at Durango Jail, reading a year-old copy of TIME Magazine the crack staff of the Maricopa County Jail system had provided for the reading pleasure of the inmates they had stacked like cordwood into Building 4, A Pod.

 

Much at stake for Mississippi in 2012 elections

Posted 10/16/2012 in Local Columns

Some would call it The Mississippi Paradox. One the one hand, we say we want the federal government off our backs, yet on the other we say want more dollars coming to Mississippi from Washington. The presidential election will dramatically have an effect on both these statements.

 

Possumhaw: Season of spiders

Posted 10/15/2012 in Local Columns

Hanging between the cedar post and the gardenia bush is the web of a garden spider.

 

Birney Imes: A walk in the park

Posted 10/13/2012 in Local Columns

 

 

Voice of the people: Tom Velek

It not typical for The Dispatch to publish snarky, anonymous articles. Yet on Friday there it was, "Is Hazel in charge of the Columbus Soccer Complex?" The article was complete with a haughty yet meaningless literary/cinematic reference. The writer seems to be trying to make a point about the intelligence level of those that planned the stunning, new Columbus soccer complex. The article, however, does more to illuminate the writer's lack of experience with similar facilities and the typical usage of this complex.

 

 

Our view: 'Ideas Tour' an encouraging initiative

Posted 10/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn brought his "Mississippi Solutions -- An Ideas Tour" to Columbus on Tuesday. About 75 citizens, a third of them 10th-graders from Lowndes County Young Leaders group, packed themselves into the old municipal courtroom at City Hall.

 

It's time for 'Abstinence Plus Everything'

Posted 10/9/2012 in Local Columns

In Sunday's Dispatch, reporter Sarah Fowler tackled a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in Mississippi -- teenage sex.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

When I read the article, Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions, I had one of those "Well, duh!" moments.

 

Possumhaw: Time to get checked

Posted 10/8/2012 in Local Columns

Last year Carole found out she had a mass. Carole is one of those people who does everything right. She eats right, exercises and gets annual mammograms. So when the doctor said he saw something suspicious, Carole wasn't worried. If it was cancer it had to be small. Right?

Birney Imes: Red Lobster and a lone crawfish

Posted 10/6/2012 in Local Columns

He was the last passenger to get on the plane. A tall black man in a dark pinstriped suit, elegant white shirt and expensive shoes. His eyes landed on the empty seat beside me. We were on a 6 a.m. flight from Birmingham to Washington D.C.

 

Voice of the people: Luberta Bouldes

Expungement laws need to be eased One of the saddest days of my life was when my son was convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

 

Ask Rufus: Dances, propellers and perceptions

Posted 10/6/2012 in Local Columns

Often what we consider to be important really isn't that significant, while at the same time events we overlook can be of historic note.

 

Our view: Is Hazel in charge of the Columbus Soccer Complex?

Posted 10/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In the movie version of John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," the central characters of the story -- a motley group of malingerers, derelicts and misfits -- are confronted with a problem.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bob Raymond

It might be interesting to other Mississippians to see what was being taught about Mississippi in 2003 in Texas. Here is an excerpt from The Houston Teachers' Institute (University of Houston) that was included in a teaching curriculum.

 

 

Can we send them to bed without dessert?

Posted 10/4/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Welcome to third grade, or as we say in Columbus and Lowndes County, local politics. During Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting, Kabir said he didn't want to play with little Harry anymore because Harry called Kabir and his playmates a "bad word."

 

 

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