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Our View: Everyone has a role in upcoming municipal elections

Posted 12/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The 2017 election season begins locally almost as soon as the new year.

 

 

Mona Charen: Standing 'idly by'

Posted 12/29/2016 in National Columns

Secretary of State John Kerry used the word "conscience" over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration's decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Cocktail culture: meditation by other means

Posted 12/29/2016 in National Columns

Stressed Americans seeking calm through decluttering and meditation might add a third activity: the cocktail hour.

 

Slimantics: A matter of credibility

Posted 12/28/2016 in Local Columns

Tuesday, the Mississippi Legislature begins its 2017 session and there are some pretty big issues they'll have to grapple with, matters that can no longer be addressed by kicking the can down the road, which is generally what happens when legislators are forced to face tough decisions.

 

Kathleen Parker: A malevolent spirit upon the land

Posted 12/28/2016 in National Columns

As usual, the year's end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be.

 

 

Voice of the people: Mayor Robert E Smith Sr.

 

 

Voice of the people: Saul Vydas

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Supreme Court oath-taking won't be quite as spectacular

Posted 12/27/2016 in Local Columns

Before there's wall-to-wall worldwide coverage of this guy Donald Trump taking his oath to head one branch of American government, there will be a much quieter ceremony here in Mississippi.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts, looking back

Posted 12/27/2016 in National Columns

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit -- even if only to himself -- being a relic of a bygone era.

 

Shannon Bardwell: The not-buying-it resolution

Posted 12/26/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.

 

Namaste: Finding contentment in unexpected places

Posted 12/26/2016 in National Columns

As we age, we forget many things. However, some things we never forget; when we remember them, we get emotional. You might even smile or start crying.

 

 

Steve Chapman: Around the world, tyrants ascendant

Posted 12/26/2016 in National Columns

John McCain is fond of saying, "It's always darkest just before it goes totally black." According to a February report by Amnesty International, human rights "reached a nadir" in 2015. Not quite. The past 12 months prove that even when you hit bottom, there is always room to sink.

 

Ask Rufus: The Night Before Christmas

Posted 12/24/2016 in Local Columns

The poem "The Night Before Christmas" is an enduring American Christmas tradition, but few know its history or realize its impact on how we celebrate Christmas.

 

Our View: Christmas has arrived in the (Saint) Nick of time

Posted 12/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas has arrived. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.

 

Partial to Home: Santa Claus revealed

Posted 12/24/2016 in Local Columns

When I was 6 years old, I had a paper route. I am sure of this because one of my customers gave my mother a handwritten note I put in her newspaper.

 

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