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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."

 

 

Our View: Public deserves more thorough discussion of personnel decisions

Posted 1/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A white man just can't catch a break

Posted 1/6/2016 in National Columns

He brought his rifle up at the sound of footsteps crunching the Oregon snow. "Who goes there? Stop and be recognized." A weary voice answered out of the darkness. "It's me, Sam. It's Bud."

 

 

Our View: The Tombigbee, an enduring treasure

Posted 1/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When Columbus was in its infancy, there was no ignoring the Tombigbee River.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Will Mideast allies drag us into war?

Posted 1/5/2016 in National Columns

The New Year's execution by Saudi Arabia of the Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was a deliberate provocation.

 

Possumhaw: Feasting, friends, family and a small fire

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

Holidays went off without a hitch, well almost without a hitch.

Lynn Spruill: Back at ya, Dak

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

For some reason I got my bowl game dates mixed up and had us playing on New Year's Eve instead of the 30th.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Funeral industry merits attention

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

Through the years and in all parts of the state, untrustworthy funeral merchants have taken the money and run.

 

Ask Rufus: A postcard story

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

Probably the most common postcard of a steamboat on the Tombigbee River is a view of the Steamer Ouachita.

Birney Imes: Radio days

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

New Year's Day -- Late morning as I was driving up College Street on my way to the grocery store, I switched on the radio and The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was playing "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss. I thought of my father.

Lynn Spruill: Resolutions

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

It is that time of year again. Most of us have eaten and spent more than we should. And now what do we do about it? Why, we make a New Year's resolution, of course. There is something appealing about that line between an ending and a new beginning. There is hope and the possibility of better things. If 2015 wasn't your best year, look at the new year as a new opportunity.

Susan Estrich: The Donald vs. Big Bill

Posted 1/2/2016 in National Columns

Not satisfied with hurling sexist invectives at Hillary Clinton, the Donald has turned his ire on her husband, the former president, claiming he has "a terrible record of women abuse." Really? Does anyone recall Bill Clinton ridiculing women reporters (as Trump did with Megyn Kelly), insulting the looks of a female candidate (as Trump did with Carly Fiorina) and introducing a generation to Jewish slang for a male organ (his description of Barack Obama's '08 defeat of Hillary Clinton)?

Patrick Buchanan: Winners and losers: 2015

Posted 1/2/2016 in National Columns

Each year, "The McLaughlin Group," the longest-running panel show on national TV, which began in 1982, announces its awards for the winners and losers and the best and the worst of the year. Rereading my list of 39 awardees suggests something about how our world is changing.

 

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