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Ask Rufus: I Call Them Killdees

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

One day last week in a conversation with my friends Bert and Sharon Falkner, killdeers, a delightful spring and summer bird of area fields, came up. It is a bird that I have enjoyed watching since I was a child. You will remember them as the bird that acts like it has a broken wing to draw potential predators away from its nest.

 

Our view: MERIT program has, uh, merit.....

Posted 3/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Few stories have produced the number of comments as did Tuesday's report on a plan in the Lowndes County School District to suspend the MERIT program for its seventh and eighth-grade students.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Now is the time for a sports hero to speak up

Posted 3/7/2013 in National Columns

Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Ayanbadejo's heart is in a good place and the advice he gave last week on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Andrew Colom

 

 

Letter to the editor: Monique Montgomery

 

 

Letter to the editor: George Gerhart

 

 

Our view: Mississippi is in the news -- for something good

Posted 3/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, when Mississippi makes national news -- especially of late -- it is not the sort of notoriety we welcome. When "Mississippi" is mentioned on the national stage, our first impulse is to wince, waiting for the latest lunacy that is certain to follow.

 

 

Lloyd Gray: A matter of the law

Posted 3/5/2013 in Local Columns

March 3 --When is the law the law? And does a state law enforcement agency - not to mention the governor - have the authority to deliberately ignore the law because they don't like it?

 

 

Our View: What's good for the goose ...

Posted 3/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday morning, Dispatch crime reporter Sarah Fowler attempted to reach Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen to comment on fund-raising efforts for one of his investigators, Kelvin Lee, who has cancer.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jeffrey J. Turnage

I was quite disappointed with the inaccuracies in Jeff Clark's article Sunday, which reported on a lawsuit against Mayor Robert Smith, Brandy Gardner and Kennetra Floyd filed by a Monique Montgomery in an attempt to force the Mayor's Youth Council (MYC) to take her daughter on a trip to Hattiesburg.

 

 

Voice of the people: Laird Bagnall

As a result of House Republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage and refusing to raise the debt limit in the summer of 2011 (paying the bills they had already approved)...the United States credit rating was immediately lowered, causing borrowing costs to increase for everyone and slowing growth.

 

 

Marty Wiseman: Haley Barbour is correct

Posted 3/4/2013 in Local Columns

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more.

 

Possumhaw: Smothered nutria, Cajun style

Posted 3/4/2013 in Local Columns

There on the bank of the lake lay a critter that looked a lot like a beaver. Its fur was long and wet; its teeth were curved and yellow. Its feet were webbed, but the tail was its undoing. The water rodent had a long round tail like a rat. The son-of-a gun was no doubt a Louisiana nutria.

Birney Imes: Pretty in Pink

Posted 3/2/2013 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon Earnestine Mobley took me for a ride in her Cadillac. The car is beautiful, black leather interior with wood trim, OnStar navigation, heated seats and steering wheel, the works. Near the automatic stick shift on the console is a small black plaque that reads, "This Cadillac exclusively built for Earnestine Nash Mobley." As it happens, the car is pink.

Slimantics: A guide to success and happiness

Posted 3/1/2013 in Local Columns

I was at lunch Thursday when an older gentleman managed to capture my attention. "Are you Slim Smith?" he asked. When confronted with this seemingly benign question, I always respond with a degree of trepidation and feel the urge to ask, instead, "Uh, why do you want to know?"

 

Letter to the editor: Cheryl Williams

 

 

Susan Estrich: The politics of sequestration

Posted 3/1/2013 in National Columns

Inside the Beltway, everybody's talking about sequestration -- and not only about whether it will happen (various supposed "high-level" sources say they are not optimistic that it will be avoided) and what it will mean, but also -- it being the Beltway -- which side of the aisle will pay the price.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

The CPD took less than three hours to spend $10,000 of tax-payer money to "buy back" firearms from the public. At $20 for airguns, that's at most 500 non-lethal items, and at $300 for "assault"-style weapons, that's at most 33 firearms, so between 33 and 500 items were "bought back."

 

 

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