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Kathleen Parker: Sensitivity training that leaves a listener numb

Posted 2/26/2013 in National Columns

First, they came for the drones. No, not the unmanned kind that kill strangers from a safe distance but the sort who sit in meeting rooms and repeat slogans until they absorb the proper way of thinking. The killers, figuratively speaking, are the diversity trainers who numb the human mind with slogans and rote instruction on emotional correctness.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Price-gouging in 'free market' medicine

Posted 2/26/2013 in National Columns

When folks pan the Affordable Care Act for being nearly 3,000 pages long, here's a sensible response: It could have been done in a page and a half if it simply declared that Medicare would cover everyone.

 

 

Our view: Gun buyback program: All boom, no bust

Posted 2/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Police Department's gun buyback program succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination. Even among the program's detractors, there is no question that the program exceeded expectations.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Much more media yields much less accuracy

Posted 2/25/2013 in Local Columns

There's a lot more "media" than there used to be, but the truth about any given situation is harder to find. We are assaulted with information, but the information is less reliable. In some ways, that's counterintuitive. For instance, if there were more food, it follows there would be less hunger.

 

Possumhaw: A man and his dreams

Posted 2/25/2013 in Local Columns

Some days pass by so fast you don't even see them, but come Saturday the pace slows down around here. Saturdays start off quiet and slow, allowing time to catch up. Then there's strong coffee followed by a bowl of oatmeal topped with honey, golden nectar, a gracious gift.

Birney Imes; Wedding story on Page One causes furor

Posted 2/23/2013 in Local Columns

Earlier this month two women were married in Laurel. Since same-sex marriage is not legal in Mississippi, so they are not married, at least not in a legal sense. Still, there was a ceremony, cake and wedding gown. One of the women, Crystal Craven, has been battling brain cancer and has undergone three surgeries, the most recent just weeks before the wedding.

Slim Smith: An anniversary that is neither understood nor celebrated

Posted 2/23/2013 in Local Columns

The 1960s were turbulent times in our country. That is why every month, it seems, there is some official recognition of a milestone anniversary.

 

Rheta Johnson: Just another work in progress

Posted 2/23/2013 in National Columns

NATCHEZ -- In all of my visits to this beautiful river town, how have I missed the estate called Longwood? The mansions with their fanciful names run together if you see too many in one trip, but I've made many trips, toured many grand homes. Never, until recently, Longwood.

 

 

George Will: The manufactured crisis of sequester

Posted 2/23/2013 in National Columns

Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives -- the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying "Wolf!" about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying "Hamster!"

 

Ask Rufus:

Posted 2/23/2013 in Local Columns

It was 166 years ago this weekend that a die-hard group of Mississippians in red shirts and brandishing Bowie knives changed the course of a battle and history. The Battle of Buena Vista on Feb. 22-23, 1847, sealed the fate of Mexican General Santa Anna's army and ensured a United States victory in the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-48.

 

George Will: When solitude is torture

Posted 2/23/2013 in National Columns

"Zero Dark Thirty," a nominee for Sunday's Oscar for Best Picture, reignited debate about whether the waterboarding of terrorism suspects was torture. This practice, which ended in 2003, was used on only three suspects.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Rush to the defense? Not so fast

Posted 2/22/2013 in National Columns

Dear David from Georgia: I want to thank you for the email you sent last week. It made me laugh out loud. It seems you were unhappy I took a shot at Rush Limbaugh a few days back.

 

 

Our view: Carver Drive residents benefit from approach of campaign season

Posted 2/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For years, Carver Drive residents have complained about the foul smells emanating from a nearby drainage ditch. The politics of the issue have produced an equally offensive aroma.

 

Slimantics: Turn out the lights, the Tea Party's over

Posted 2/21/2013 in Local Columns

The fever appears to be breaking. The Tea Party movement, much like the Know Nothing Party of 150 years ago, will soon have run its obstructionist course. As is the case with most national trends, that fever will break last in Mississippi, which seems to be on a perpetual two-year time-delay for most national trends.

 

Voice of the people: Groups oppose school consolidation

On behalf of parents of children in the Starkville School District (SSD), we oppose House Bill 716, which provides for consolidation of the Starkville School District and the Oktibbeha County School District (OCSD).

 

 

Our view: Choice of Verdell an encouraging step on the path to progress

Posted 2/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council had four choices for one position on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees. But really, it came down to two choices: maintaining the status quo that has seen our schools slide toward failure or taking a path forward.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: An expensive and dubious experiment

Posted 2/20/2013 in Local Columns

Both the Mississippi House and the Senate have approved a bill that saddles one-third of Mississippi's homes and businesses with a billion dollars in debt relating to the Kemper power plant. If Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will become law.

 

 

Our view: Justice perverted

Posted 2/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When the argument passed the boiling point, John Alan Redden used a belt to make his point. His wife at the time, Ginger Redden, had the bruises and welts to show for it -- her left arm a mass of discolored bruises extending from her shoulder to her elbow, bruises on the small of her back and legs, a welt bearing the impression of the belt buckle on her cheek.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Amazon rules the sales-tax jungle

Posted 2/19/2013 in National Columns

Lunch hour in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Workers walk dogs they can take to the office. Lines form in hip restaurants. Something big is going on here, but the only sure sign of a major employer is the many blue ID cards hanging out of jackets.

 

 

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