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Froma Harrop: Playtime is over for Obamacare's foes

Posted 1/8/2015 in National Columns

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread.

 

 

Our View: To whom much is given ...

Posted 1/7/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In January and February, there are two federal holidays -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day.

 

 

Outtakes: What they had in common

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

When we get up in age the past figures more prominently in our conversations. Someone once said that.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Opinions vary on what makes a better business climate

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

With the new legislative session upon us, our state leaders are listing their priorities.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The rich and their anti-vaccine quacks

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'equality' racket

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."

 

Possumhaw: Hillbilly speed bumps and Hoover hogs

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Sam likes to see how high the water is down at the spillway, if it has any "color," and who's fishing -- so we took a drive.

 

Voice of the people: Bob Altman

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: White working class in a corner, and it's getting lonely

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Republicans who want to stay in office in Mississippi this election year have no worries -- if they are conservative enough.

 

Birney Imes: Hello, 2015

Posted 1/3/2015 in Local Columns

Whew, that was quick. Another year gone. Resolved for '15: to be kinder and more patient. As we age, we trend toward kindness. So says the writer George Saunders. Here's an excerpt from a convocation speech he gave to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches:

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Books you might not have heard about

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

Blockbuster books like "Wild" and "Gone Girl" get so much attention that we forget other authors are out there busting their blocks trying to sell a few stories written without murders and mayhem. I received a couple of quietly wonderful books as gifts, and I have to share the news in case The Times neglects to review them. They deserve attention, too.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: In 2014, the joke's on us

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.

 

Bill Press: Black men: beware of police officers

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!"

Lynn Spruill: Cadence building a white elephant for Starkville taxpayers

Posted 1/2/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen has slowed down the Cadence train, but it remains on the tracks despite all the evidence that it should be derailed.

 

Dana Milbank: America's Slacktivist generation

Posted 1/2/2015 in National Columns

I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies.

 

 

Our View: Perspective eases sting of defeat for Bulldogs, Rebels

Posted 1/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Clearly, the college football season is far too long.

 

 

Our View: Our wishes for 2015

Posted 12/31/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The New Year has not yet arrived, although we can see it poking its head up just beyond the horizon.

 

 

Voice of the people: Richard Mullenax

 

 

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