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Possumhaw: Something to talk about

Posted 4/27/2015 in Local Columns

Remember when "the birds and the bees" was a euphemism for the "facts of life" which was a euphemism for sex?


Leonard Pitts: 'Normal' is gone for good

Posted 4/27/2015 in National Columns

After all, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. "I have to tell you," he said, "eight years of one demographically-symbolic president is enough." Subtle, it was not.


Ask Rufus: Art, lost gold mines and Walt Disney

Posted 4/25/2015 in Local Columns

Recently there was a television series about some treasure hunters out west having found an old map that they thought would lead them to a long lost gold mine.

Partial to Home: The Lord's mysterious ways

Posted 4/25/2015 in Local Columns

So I'm standing in line waiting to place my order at the Old Country Bakery in Brooksville and this voice says, "Why didn't you say in your column that you ate here?"

Roses and thorns: 4/26/15

Posted 4/25/2015 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to everyone who participated in this year's Relay for Life, including sponsors, volunteers and members of the community who made donations to the cause.


Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

Common sense. I was taught early on good and bad, right and wrong. The neighborhood moms would not hesitate to correct, discipline or call home. We were not allowed the luxury of saying my parents were the reason for my actions.


Patrick Buchanan: Why Is Yemen our war?

Posted 4/25/2015 in National Columns

For a month now, the Saudi air force has been bombing Yemen to reverse a takeover of that nation of 25 million by Houthi rebels, and reinstall a president who fled his country and is residing in Riyadh.


Leonard Pitts: What's partisan about fact?

Posted 4/25/2015 in National Columns

"Obama is a Muslim," it said. "That is a FACT."



Kathleen Parker: With a song in prisoners' hearts

Posted 4/25/2015 in National Columns

Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press -- from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.



Our View: A unified front on the fight against homelessness

Posted 4/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In some instances, attendance is a poor measure of the success of a meeting.


Lynn Spruill: Zach's circle of life

Posted 4/24/2015 in Local Columns

He was a most handsome black man with gentle, green eyes. He was lean and muscular, a testament to an athletic past. He came to our office with wonder and some shyness. He was a bit reserved but there was an undeniable sweetness about him.


Kathleen Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

Posted 4/24/2015 in National Columns

When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.



Our View: Rain, better too much than too little

Posted 4/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been a soggy spring. The brief respite from rain over the past few days does little to comfort us as we consider the forecast, which calls for -- you guessed it -- even more rain heading into the weekend.



Charlie Mitchell: 'Incumbency Protection Act' is working fairly well

Posted 4/23/2015 in Local Columns

It's April. Mississippi's general election is in November. Want to be on a ballot?



Leonard Pitts: Self-absorbed ESPN reporter gained fame, lost humanity

Posted 4/23/2015 in National Columns

One hardly knows where to begin.


Local voices: The sad irony of spice deaths

Posted 4/22/2015 in Local Columns

This month, press releases from law enforcement and hospitals have poured into the newsroom, each one reporting a new overdose or arrest related to the use and distribution of synthetic marijuana.


Voice of the people: Pauline Redmond



Froma Harrop: The sun is rising on solar panels

Posted 4/22/2015 in National Columns

On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.



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