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Charlie Mitchell: Primary purpose of schools should never be secondary

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Predators prowl the Prairie

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

Leah stuck her bill into the broken egg and hoisted it up high. She shoved off into the water and paddled as fast as her webbed feet would take her. On the bank she carried the egg into the grass where she ate the egg, shell and all.

Ask Rufus: History overflows at the foot of Main Street

Posted 9/28/2013 in Local Columns

From under the old drawbridge at the Riverwalk, the Tombigbee River looks small and peaceful as it slowly flows toward Mobile. Yet for almost 500 hundred years that location has witnessed an almost unbelievable pageant of history.

Birney Imes: Checking in with Coach Brewer

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

The other day Tommy McCann came in with a framed black and white photo of three high school football players. Two players in uniform, each holding a football, flank a teammate, who has a cast on his right arm. McCann is on the right and Mike McRaney is on the left. The player in the middle with the cast and a "Lee High" sweatshirt is unmistakably Billy Brewer.

 

Rheta Johnson: The kindness of strangers

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

I once believed that at the end of our lives, relatives and loved ones would take care of us, bring us comfort, break the monotony of long, last hours.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The GOP's lose-lose proposition

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

Ask most people on Capitol Hill and they'll say: 50-50. Those are the odds they give for a government shutdown. An alternative to the shutdown would be a proposed delay of the individual mandate, the most painful part of Obamacare, which may seem like a Republican victory but on closer inspection would be a win for President Obama and Democrats.

 

Susan Estrich: The 14-percent solution

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

In the latest polls, just 14 percent of all Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. You might think that number would inspire fear in people who stand for reelection every two years. You might hope that members of Congress would see in such numbers a mandate to do better -- to stop playing games (hello, Ted Cruz) and focus on actually getting things done.

 

Our view: Fighting over the obvious

Posted 9/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday morning. With just one item on the agenda, extending the contract of interim superintendent Edna McGill, if ever there were a chance for a "five-minute-now-let's-go-get-breakfast" meeting this was it. We pause to chuckle at such a naive notion.

 

 

Voice of the people: Helen Sue Parrish

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Dog tags

Posted 9/27/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The radical in the Vatican

Posted 9/26/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: A father first, quarterback second

Posted 9/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night is not generally a big night for ESPN. While the cable sports channel builds itself around college football on the weekends and Monday Night Football, the middle of the week is left to reruns and documentaries and low-profile sporting events.

 

Slimantics: History preserved, generations entertained through storytelling

Posted 9/25/2013 in Local Columns

This week, Possum Town Tales, also known as the second annual Storytellers Festival, is being held at the Rosenzweig Center, featuring a trio of renowned storytellers.

 

Froma Harrop: Game soon over on Obamacare

Posted 9/25/2013 in National Columns

Voices from right field are explaining why they're justified in threatening the United States with default if Congress does not defund Obamacare. The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel said on Sunday chat TV, "There isn't one poll that shows that Americans approve, as a majority, of this health care law."

 

Our view: West Point and Yokohama say, 'I do'

Posted 9/24/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding. That was the day Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi broke ground on the first phase of its $300-million facility in Clay County.

 

Voice of the people: Matthew Wilson

 

 

Voice of the people: Harriet Vaughn

 

 

Marty Wiseman: Defunding Obamacare: the mother of all debates

Posted 9/24/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

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