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Voice of the people: Billy Wilemon, Jr.

Nunnelee does not represent people of Mississippi This is in response to the letter (editorial, advertisement?) from Hon. Alan Nunnelee published in another local newspaper on 12/16/12.

 

Possumhaw: When loss is a good thing

Posted 1/7/2013 in Local Columns

The telescope stands poised at the window, aimed at the deer feeder. At dawn and twilight a Bardwell can be seen standing with eye pressed to the scope, but on this morning I swung the scope toward the lake. A flock of geese had descended and there was Leah, the domestic duck, amongst them.

 

Alan Nunnelee: Solutions not deals

Posted 1/7/2013 in Local Columns

In the wee hours of the first day of the New Year, after most Americans had concluded their celebrations, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. The deal was then quickly rushed through the U.S. Senate while most people were asleep.

 

Birney Imes: May the good days outnumber the bad ones

Posted 1/5/2013 in Local Columns

Saturday morning I took the dogs down to Friendship. They know the drill. I open the gate and say, "Get in the truck." The truck being a battered Ford Ranger with a tailgate that wants to fall off. Hank leaps in barking with excitement while Maggie cowers, waiting to be lifted.

 

Rheta Johnson: Mabel and Barney and Hannah and me

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW-- My resolution for the new year is to make a little money. I don't need a whole lot, simply enough to pay for dog food and maybe a little extra for me to enjoy Mexican lunches with my friend Jean.

 

 

George Will: Luck of the Irish

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

Yet another reason to revere Calvin Coolidge is that he thought the Chicago Bears were a circus act. In the 1920s, professional football was small beer compared to the already big business of college football. Which today prospers partly by selling beer: Watch the commercials that pay for the television contracts that have recently disordered many college football conferences and nullified what were solemnly called "traditional rivalries." 

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Freedom to live in fear

Posted 1/5/2013 in National Columns

"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" -- from "Gun" by Gil Scott-Heron So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish.

 

Ask Rufus: Sam Kaye

Posted 1/5/2013 in Local Columns

This past week I lost a close friend when Sam Kaye passed away and Columbus lost not only a good citizen, but a gold mine of its history.

 

Our view: Rooting for one of our own

Posted 1/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Normally, this editorial page does not concern itself with the weighty subject of NFL football games and certainly not games that will be played in so distant a clime as Green Bay, Wis. But we make an exception this week as the NFL playoffs get underway with four games this weekend. And we are particularly interested in how the playoff game in Wisconsin will unfold.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The truth about bin Laden

Posted 1/4/2013 in National Columns

At the very beginning of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the audience is told that the movie they are about to see is "based on firsthand accounts of actual events." Then we hear tapes, terrifying if familiar, of those final calls being made by those trapped on 9/11. Then comes the torture.

 

 

George Will: Our decadent democracy

Posted 1/3/2013 in National Columns

Connoisseurs of democratic decadence can savor a variety of contemporary dystopias. Because familiarity breeds banality, Greece has become a boring horror. Japan, however, in its second generation of stagnation is fascinating. Once, Japan bestrode the world, jauntily buying Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. Now Japanese buy more adult diapers than those for infants.

 

Slimantics: No-nnelee makes a point with (your) pocketbook

Posted 1/3/2013 in Local Columns

Quite frankly, I expected better from Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo, two of the three Mississippi Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both Harper and Palazzo voted against the Tuesday legislation that prevented the fiscal cliff disaster from becoming a reality. That the third Republican, the one who represents Lowndes County, voted no on the bill was as predictable as a two-year-old pitching a fit at the supermarket until he gets candy.

 

Our view: Don't lose the lesson...

Posted 1/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is an old adage in sports that goes, "Lose the loss, but don't lose the lesson.'' On Wednesday, Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins confirmed what had been obvious since the start of the week: The grand, $600 million, 971-job Silicor project will not be coming to Lowndes County.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Happy New Year?

Posted 1/2/2013 in National Columns

The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back -- and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future.

 

 

Our view: 2013, What a year it could be!

Posted 12/31/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In a few hours, we will be finished with 2012. For better or worse, we will need a rear-view mirror to see 2012. As the old year passes, a new year stretches out before us. That's the way it is with years: No sooner are you finished with one than another shows up to deal with. Without a doubt, 2013 is certain to bring its share of challenges, but with those challenges come opportunities as well.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Things better left unsaid

Posted 12/31/2012 in National Columns

'Tis the season when columnists write mea culpas, make predictions and list their resolutions. Since my culpas are too vast for this tiny space, my predictions best in retrospect and my resolutions inevitably ignored, I thought I'd list a few resolutions for the rest of the world. These, too, are likely to be ignored, but I'll feel better getting a few things off my chest.

 

Possumhaw: Just do your best

Posted 12/31/2012 in Local Columns

"Can you take care of the chickens?" Carolyn asked. "It's just overnight." "You've gotta be kidding. I don't know anything about chickens." "All you have to do is put them in the chicken house. Open the door and they'll go in." "But what if they don't?" I asked. "They will," she explained. "Haven't you ever heard 'going to bed with the chickens?'"

 

Kathleen Parker: Digital books leave a reader cold

Posted 12/29/2012 in National Columns

It is comforting to think of death as a passing rather than an end. In that vein, I prefer to think of Steve Jobs's final words as editorial commentary: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

 

 

Arianna Huffington: Grow the economy by growing the debate about it

Posted 12/29/2012 in National Columns

Hey, have you heard about this thing called "the fiscal cliff"? Actually, the better question is: Have you heard about anything except the fiscal cliff? Nine months ago, the term had not even entered the media lexicon. And now it's suddenly everywhere.

 

 

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