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Charlie Mitchell: Lawmaking in Jackson just isn't what it used to be

Posted 12/23/2013 in Local Columns

This may sound cynical. It isn't meant to be. Just trying to be honest. Once Santa gets the reindeer unhitched and back in the barn and the New Year parties are over, Mississippi lawmakers will head to that great big building in Jackson for a 90-day session of good old-fashioned lawmaking. But times have changed. There's really not much for them to do.

 

 

Birney Imes: Open season on mistletoe

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

The week after Thanksgiving Perry Griggs, The Dispatch's pressroom supervisor, asked me if I knew somewhere he could go to shoot mistletoe. Say that again?

 

 

Rheta Johnson: A last-minute list of books for Christmas

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

When niece Chelsey was little, I lavished her with Christmas gifts too numerous and fanciful to remember. There were faux-fur coats with Dalmatian spots, diminutive dolls bundled as quintuplets, plastic horses that cost more than the real thing.

 

 

Jessie Jackson: A call for justice and compassion

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

Pope Francis is displaying an extraordinary style and passion that demands our attention. He addresses the needs of the poor, embraces outcasts, and loves those on the margins of society. In this recent "apostolic exhortation," The Joy of the Gospel, the pope raises a moral challenge to both his church and the world.

 

Susan Estrich: Duck, duck, goose

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

"Don't be deceived," Duck Commander and A&E reality television star Phil Robertson insisted, when asked to define what he considered to be sinful behavior. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

Ask Rufus: Christmas dinner

Posted 12/21/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday Karen and I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a couple of last minute items for next week's Christmas dinner. Several hours later while stuck in traffic I pondered on Christmas dinner in times past.

 

Lynn Spruill: Mississippi gives

Posted 12/20/2013 in Local Columns

Early one morning this week, as I was preparing for the day, I heard a startling pronouncement from a television personality for a promotional piece on Christmas giving. The announcer stated flatly that Mississippi led the nation in giving.

 

 

Our view: Achievements worthy of celebration

Posted 12/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Each winter and spring, as graduates file into arenas for commencement exercises at colleges and universities across the country, we are awed by select group of graduates whose achievements stand apart from their peers.

 

 

Our view: Billboards on city property is a bad idea

Posted 12/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 4 councilman Marty Turner proposed a change to the city's signage ordinance to allow the addition of billboards, including large electronic ones, on city rights of way.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Dreaming of a penguin Christmas

Posted 12/19/2013 in National Columns

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. And a penguin?

 

 

Our view: Bryant's empty words

Posted 12/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued an executive order on the subject of public education. If ever there was a case of speaking much and saying little, this is it.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The judge and the NSA

Posted 12/18/2013 in National Columns

I suspect the NSA may have thought they got lucky when one of the first post-Edward Snowden cases to challenge their phone metadata collection was assigned to Judge Richard Leon on the federal district court in Washington, D.C. After all, Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush after a long career, much of it spent working for Republicans in Washington.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Santa selective in whether to grant holiday wishes

Posted 12/18/2013 in Local Columns

It was the strangest thing. I was walking down the sidewalk, minding my own business, when a passing mail truck hit a pothole and out flew a bunch of letters. I gathered them up -- all were letters to Santa, with his responses penned across the bottom -- but the truck had trundled out of sight. Anyway, just sharing ...

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Two speakers, two different reactions

Posted 12/16/2013 in Local Columns

I heard two interesting political figures speak last week: one state and one national.

Possumhaw: Home remedy for the common cold

Posted 12/16/2013 in Local Columns

The Bardwells were cooped up on the weekend with colds. Since Sam and I were both sick we scratched around the house looking for something we could do. We wrote Christmas cards, wrapped presents, watched football games and a Christmas movie while passing the Kleenex box back and forth.

 

Thomas Sowell: Christmas books

Posted 12/16/2013 in National Columns

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.

 

Ask Rufus: Barbecue, buccaneers and six bits a dollar

Posted 12/14/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday night while I was downtown enjoying wassail, several people asked me the same question; "What are you writing about for Sunday?" I got some strange looks when I replied that my topic was that this was the month to celebrate pork barbecue in Mississippi.

 

Birney Imes: William Winter is in the building

Posted 12/14/2013 in Local Columns

"William went that way, he's looking at pictures." Trey Porter of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is talking. It's Wednesday afternoon and he and William Winter have driven up from Jackson to talk about two museums under construction in the capital, a state history museum and a civil rights museum.

 

 

Our view: A troubling practice

Posted 12/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the beginning, there was Genesis. On Aug. 21, 2008, the Columbus Municipal School District, through its food service operator Aramark, catered an event for 100 people for Genesis Church. The $800 price included $254.48 in wages paid to school district employees.

 

 

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