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Birney Imes: The curious case of Mark Landis

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

"Things are seldom as they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream." -- Mark Landis quoting Gilbert and Sullivan It doesn't happen often, but every now and then the gods offer up someone who is doing something for which there is no precedent. Because we've not seen it before, we are not sure how to react and acceptance varies, sometimes to the extreme. Take Mark Landis, for example.


Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The incredible journey of a paperboy

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

Almost everybody I've ever known in the newspaper business threatens at some point to write a book. Few do. I guess it's realizing that you spit out enough words in daily increments to complete "War and Peace" 50 times that makes you think writing a book would be a piece of cake. And, yes, make that a best seller while we're at it.


Kathleen Parker: Pamela Geller's abuse of free speech

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative contest in Texas of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.


Bill Crawford: Legislature undercuts Fisher's efforts to clean-up prison system

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so difficult? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. "His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities," said Bryant.



Partick Buchanan: On a fast track to national ruin

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

In the first quarter of 2015, in the sixth year of the historic Obama recovery, the U.S. economy grew by two-tenths of 1 percent. And that probably sugarcoats it. For trade deficits subtract from the growth of GDP, and the U.S. trade deficit that just came in was a monster.



Our View: Dr. Doris Taylor

Posted 5/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Not all famous people are important; a cursory glance of pop culture landscape will confirm that.


Lynn Spruill: The three C's of politics

Posted 5/8/2015 in Local Columns

When I lived in Dallas, Texas, back when men were men and women ran the state, Jim Wright was a big name who cast a very big shadow across the metroplex of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


Leonard Pitts: Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP

Posted 5/8/2015 in National Columns

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."



Our View: Put remaining paving funds where they're most needed

Posted 5/7/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Although April's wet weather has caused some delays with the city of Columbus' paving projects, the project should be completed this month. Still though, a new decision about paving awaits the council.



Voice of the people: Harriet Vaughn



Froma Harrop: Getting the sports moguls off our backs

Posted 5/7/2015 in National Columns

It was not out of a sense of decency that the National Football League recently let go of its tax-exempt status.



Our View: City's refusal to follow law cannot be tolerated

Posted 5/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On April 28, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith sent a letter to Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders, informing him the city wanted to operate and manage the new small arms firing range, which was funded by both the county and city.


Slimantics: A janitor, a dog and dreams fulfilled

Posted 5/6/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday, the Columbus Rotary Club held its Lowndes Young Leaders program at Lion Hill Center, where the group honored the graduating class 10th-graders from schools throughout the county.


Voice of the people: D. Presley Hutchens



Voice of the people: Raymond Gross



Patrick Buchanan: Killer cops or malicious prosecutor?

Posted 5/5/2015 in National Columns

Who killed Freddie Gray?



Possumhaw: When flip-flops are the fashion

Posted 5/4/2015 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for family reunions and camping. My mother's family, the Newmans, gather in Natchez where the family home is located and still occupied by a fourth-generation Newman.



Froma Harrop: On the Internet, nobody knows you're a fraud

Posted 5/4/2015 in National Columns

There's been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough.



Outtakes: Coming clean

Posted 5/3/2015 in Local Columns

I did not know I stuttered until the fourth grade.



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