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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.

 

Kathleen Parker: House Republicans rise up against the right wing

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

'Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck." Miraculous.

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama the oblivious

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."

 

 

Froma Harrop: How we really feel about economic inequality

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right. The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 -- and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.

 

Slimantics: All the news that's fit to watch?

Posted 12/13/2013 in Local Columns

Because I take my responsibility as an American citizen seriously, I recognize that it is essential that I keep abreast of the important news of the day. There is no substitute for an informed citizenry, after all. That is why, in addition to reading newspapers, I am also careful to watch TV news, not only the network newscasts but the cable news networks, too.

 

Voice of the people: Delbert Hosemann

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Has it been another 10 years already?

Posted 12/13/2013 in Local Columns

In 1994 Starkville put before the voters the proposition that there be an additional 2-percent tax attached to the food and beverage sales for those enjoying the restaurants within the city limits. This measure succeeded and since then the city and several other government related entities have been on the receiving end of a lot of additional funding.

 

 

Our view: A visit from a statesman

Posted 12/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When he was just a small boy, William F. Winter would accompany his father, a representative from Grenada County, to sessions of the Legislature. That experience led him to a lifetime of public service, including more than 40 years serving the state of Mississippi in offices ranging from state representative to treasurer, tax collector, lieutenant governor and, finally, to the governor's office, where in 1980, he became the state's 57th chief executive.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Teaching Republicans how to talk to women

Posted 12/12/2013 in National Columns

Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

 

 

Froma Harrop: A President Christie would spell tea party's doom

Posted 12/11/2013 in National Columns

Mainstream Republicans are doing backflips over Chris Christie's frolic to re-election as governor of New Jersey. Here is a Republican who took on public employee unions, spoke out against abortion and gay marriage, and still scored a landslide win in a blue state. And he won Latinos' and women's votes, too.

 

Slimantics: Nunnelee's zero is a number that shouldn't be ignored

Posted 12/11/2013 in Local Columns

Officially, Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi's first Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Halfway through is second term in Congress, I am beginning to wonder who he really represents, though.

 

Voice of the people: Linda Harris

The LCSD (Lowndes County School District) held its board meeting at West Lowndes Elementary on Dec. 9, 2013m at 5:30 pm. There are many changes proposed regarding the Lowndes County Schools. One that concerns me the most are the changes that will occur at the West Lowndes Schools. Our children at West Lowndes Middle School will be moved to the High School.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Predators rely on generosity of Mississippians

Posted 12/10/2013 in Local Columns

Members of America's military services are being shown spontaneous respect these days. It hasn't always been that way.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Will Americans pay for American-made?

Posted 12/10/2013 in National Columns

Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans' shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there's one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.

 

Possumhaw: All gone but the memories

Posted 12/9/2013 in Local Columns

"It wasn't always an island," Sam explained. "The channel redirected the Tombigbee River cutting off Highway 82 and creating the island." On a cold Sunday afternoon drive Sam shared 50-year-old memories.

Marty Wiseman: Nearing the jumping off point

Posted 12/9/2013 in Local Columns

Nearly 40 years ago I realized a dream. I went to work for the government. In this day and time it is a favorite parlor game to "dog cuss" anything having to do with the public sector and the bureaucrats who ply their trade, but that was not always so.

Birney Imes: Mary Williams at your service

Posted 12/7/2013 in Local Columns

We operate in a retail world dominated by chain stores. Too often these stores are staffed with lackadaisical clerks with little knowledge of the goods and services they are selling. In fact, so seldom do we encounter competence and enthusiasm in this arena, it is like a blast of cool, fresh air when we do. Here is one such story.

Ask Rufus: With December rains came steamboats

Posted 12/7/2013 in Local Columns

Late November and early December was once the time when Columbus, Aberdeen and other towns along the upper Tombigbee River would get to celebrate the arrival of the first steamboat of the season.

Kathleen Parker: The conscience of a pope

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil. Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie.

 

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