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Ask Rufus: It's just politics

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.

Partial to Home: Google's Earth

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Mrs. Leonard Ross sent us a letter last week. Enclosed was a check for six months of The Dispatch and a year's subscription to Catfish Alley. In a note with her check, Mrs. Ross wrote, "Have been subscribing to your paper since water!!! Keep it going to print!" She also wrote, "Tell Birney to keep 'Partial to Home' articles going. Printed news very important for us 'oldies,' who are not 'computer involved.'"

 

Kathleen Parker: Trump's playing of the Bill Clinton card is foul -- but fair

Posted 1/9/2016 in National Columns

Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.

 

Susan Estrich: Here comes Cruz

Posted 1/9/2016 in National Columns

In a matter of a few short weeks, Ted Cruz will become a household name. Which may -- or may not -- turn out to be good news for him.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: It comes down to a small room and a blank page

Posted 1/9/2016 in National Columns

There's a postcard they sell in Key West that has a photo of the dapper young Ernest Hemingway above the words "Hemingway Women" and portraits of four striking females.

 

Lynn Spruill: TIFs, hand-out or a legitimate development tool?

Posted 1/8/2016 in Local Columns

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a catchy name for a government give away in the form of a tax break. It's an inducement used to attract new business or a development that might not otherwise happen, a way to prime the pump, if you will.

Leonard Pitts: Obama's tear a starkly human thing

Posted 1/8/2016 in National Columns

He didn't bawl. His voice only roughened for a moment and he dabbed at a couple tears that straggled down his cheek. As displays of emotion go, it wasn't all that much. But it was, of course, more than enough.

Slimantics: Rubber-necking at the river

Posted 1/7/2016 in Local Columns

When I was a kid, one of my elementary classmates was a boy named Mike Davis. I remember Mike mainly because of the odd hobby he and his dad enjoyed.

 

Kathleen Parker: Republicans' do-nothingness on guns

Posted 1/7/2016 in National Columns

It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as " your mama."

 

 

Our View: Public deserves more thorough discussion of personnel decisions

Posted 1/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A white man just can't catch a break

Posted 1/6/2016 in National Columns

He brought his rifle up at the sound of footsteps crunching the Oregon snow. "Who goes there? Stop and be recognized." A weary voice answered out of the darkness. "It's me, Sam. It's Bud."

 

 

Our View: The Tombigbee, an enduring treasure

Posted 1/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When Columbus was in its infancy, there was no ignoring the Tombigbee River.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Will Mideast allies drag us into war?

Posted 1/5/2016 in National Columns

The New Year's execution by Saudi Arabia of the Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was a deliberate provocation.

 

Possumhaw: Feasting, friends, family and a small fire

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

Holidays went off without a hitch, well almost without a hitch.

Lynn Spruill: Back at ya, Dak

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

For some reason I got my bowl game dates mixed up and had us playing on New Year's Eve instead of the 30th.

 

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