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Leonard Pitts: Justin Bieber is a jerk, and it's your fault

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.



Browning on Business: Historic Columbus business facing tough time

Posted 3/13/2014 in Local Columns

If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.



Hurray for GOP tax plan

Posted 3/13/2014 in National Columns

A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.



The Dispatch responds

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

The essence of the editorial in question is that the public is not served by the city's practice of holding non-quorum meetings (four different instances in a month's time, that we know of) and by slowing the process of releasing public information. We stand by those assertions.



Our View: Right question. Wrong week.

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday, a week after Columbus mayor Robert Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club, a Rotarian asked the guest speaker how he could exert his influence on the Columbus Municipal School Board in an effort to reverse recent decline. This week's speaker was not the mayor, however. It was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.



Mayor responds to critical editorial

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

I feel compelled to write a letter in answer to The Dispatch's "Our View" piece from March 7, 2014, titled "City's policies are an insult to the people." The column claims that the people of Columbus should be insulted by the conduct of The City.



Lumumba administration didn't fit detractors' expectations

Posted 3/11/2014 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- In the aftermath Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's death, a consensus seems to have emerged, at least among his detractors, that he had mellowed with age.



The newest federalism

Posted 3/11/2014 in National Columns

When he came to Washington in 1981, Ronald Reagan made much of his commitment to the "new federalism," which in that case, like so many others, had very little to do with federalism.



Our View: Crawfish shortage a depressing reality

Posted 3/11/2014 in Local Columns

The unseasonably cold and lingering winter has left many of us in a depressed mood. As it turns out, that goes for crawfish, too.



Mississippi Voices: Cochran's tea party challenger

Posted 3/10/2014 in National Columns

The race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi's great political irony.


Birthday baubles or knuckle-busters

Posted 3/10/2014 in Local Columns

Over and over again I watched Sam haul heavy bundles of yard cuttings and leaves over to the habitat pile. It touched my heart deep.

Ask Rufus: Stand Fast Mississippians

Posted 3/9/2014 in Local Columns

The other evening I was asked by friends to join a dinner with Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-grandson of Jefferson Davis. Naturally, a fascinating conversation about history ensued.

Birney Imes: On the road with Louie and Sprocket

Posted 3/8/2014 in Local Columns

On March 1 Louie Little left Germantown, Tenn., on a bicycle pulling a trailer filled with musical equipment and a Jack Russell terrier named Sprocket.


Leonard Pitts: Laughter and grief belong together

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one: "Last week, Dad coughed and said, 'choking.' I tried to give him water but he just wanted me to turn off the men's Olympic hockey game."



Kathleen Parker: The new SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students study and learn in high school. Shouldn't take too long.


Charles Krauthammer: The wages of weakness

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he's got three more years of luck to come. He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it's not in Russia's interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it's a sign of weakness.


Our view: City's policies are an insult to the people

Posted 3/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A few months ago, we paused to reflect on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which included the inspiring line: "...this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Lynn Spruill: Maggie's journey

Posted 3/7/2014 in Local Columns

Her name is Maggie and she is my oldest. She got her name from the street of her first home in Atlanta; Margaret Mitchell Drive. She is as independent and cantankerous as can be and has been accused of being just like me which all in all is OK with me.



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