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Leonard Pitts: Our freedom to be left alone

Posted 1/16/2013 in National Columns

Exposed. That, in a word, is how you feel when someone broadcasts your home address without your knowledge, against your wishes. Your correspondent speaks from experience.

 

 

Our view: How you can improve education in Mississippi

Posted 1/16/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On a visit to the Dispatch about a month ago, Terry Brown, the Mississippi Senate pro tempore from Columbus, was asked why he so vigorously supports charter school legislation.

 

 

Our view: The Long Blue Line continues

Posted 1/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Mississippi University for Women revealed the results of a four-month effort to define, sharpen and unify its goals under the leadership of Dr. Jim Borsig, who has been on the job as president for about a year now.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Shouting matches have no chance at curbing gun violence

Posted 1/15/2013 in Local Columns

That gruesome skip-rope ditty dates to 1892, when young Lizzie was on trial in Massachusetts for the bludgeoning deaths of her parents. The question for us in 2013 is, "If a 9mm Glock had been handy, would she still have used a hatchet?"

 

 

Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

 

Possumhaw: Poke salad Annie

Posted 1/14/2013 in Local Columns

I noticed them right off. There on the roadside near the ditch were big, leafy greens. Once or twice I saw people picking them. I was reminded of the time I saw folks picking greens and carefully putting them in a cloth sack. I asked what they were. "Fiddleheads," they said.

Adele Elliott: Fired up

Posted 1/12/2013 in Local Columns

When I was a child we were all terrified of the Russians, specifically, of the bombs from that country, which we believed were aimed directly at my classroom in St. James Major grammar school. We were taught to crouch under our small, wooden desks and bury our heads ostrich-like under our arms.

 

Rheta Johnson: Teri Tandoori and the Christmas visitors

Posted 1/12/2013 in National Columns

TUPELO. -- I carry on a friendly argument with friends who live in big cities like New Orleans and Memphis, and rave about their so-called convenience. In little Iuka, I can drive the seven miles in from my house, go to the grocery, the post office and the bank, have at least one spontaneous conversation with a friend or an enemy and be home in less than 30 minutes. It doesn't get more convenient than that.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: How black is black enough?

Posted 1/12/2013 in National Columns

I suddenly find myself concerned about my blackness. It had never occurred to me to worry about it before. Then came the incident last month on ESPN's "First Take" program that initially got commentator Rob Parker suspended and then, last week, fired outright. It seems Parker, who is African-American, analyzed what he saw as the insufficient blackness of Robert Griffin III, rookie quarterback for the Washington, D.C., football team that is named for a racial slur.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Gun control proposals hardly draconian

Posted 1/12/2013 in National Columns

Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of preempting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

 

Ask Rufus: An 1858 lawsuit and the building of the railroad

Posted 1/12/2013 in Local Columns

Reading the Dispatch last week one could not help but notice the problems that a potential new industry seemed to have in living up to its commitments. Such problems are not something new. When the Mobile and Ohio Railroad was constructed through this area in the late 1850s, all was not smooth sailing.

 

Susan Estrich: Power and powerlessness

Posted 1/11/2013 in National Columns

Years ago, when the candidate I was working for rejected my advice, I made the mistake of going back to the headquarters and telling my loyal staff (who together had formulated the rejected proposal) that our recommendation had been declined. I did my best, I told them, but I just couldn't make the sale.

 

 

Our view: Are taxpayers playing against loaded dice?

Posted 1/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In September, Link CEO Joe Max Higgins took the podium at a large gathering East Mississippi Community College to announce that a steering committee had been formed to examine the possibility of Starkville/Oktibbeha County joining West Point/Clay County and Columbus/Lowndes County in what became the Golden Triangle Development Link.

 

 

Voice of the people: Laura Triplett

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Those 'dang idiots' in Congress keep our boat afloat

Posted 1/10/2013 in Local Columns

As Mississippi lawmakers huddle in Jackson to start the 2013 session, there will be the usual grumbling about those dang idiots in Washington.

 

Slimantics: Meredith remains an enigma

Posted 1/9/2013 in Local Columns

James Meredith was the guest speaker at Tuesday's Columbus Rotary meeting. Having been a frequent enough Rotary guest not to be considered a guest anymore, I noted that Meredith's appearance drew an especially large crowd.

 

Kathleen Parker: Can't we aim higher than 'Honey Boo Boo'?

Posted 1/9/2013 in National Columns

No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo.

 

 

Our view: Bryant's obstinance nothing more than political grandstanding

Posted 1/8/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant believes in the rule of law and the will of the people. Unless, of course, it's a law he doesn't like or the will of the people turns out to be at odds with his own views.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The Hagel defense

Posted 1/8/2013 in National Columns

A decorated Vietnam vet, Chuck Hagel combines experience in war with skepticism over turning to military solutions where diplomacy might work. Add to those qualifications a tendency to speak his mind (after using it), and the former Republican senator from Nebraska seems uniquely placed to lead the Department of Defense in 2013.

 

 

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