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Charlie Mitchell: State's banning of bans is inconsistent, at best

Posted 3/18/2013 in Local Columns

"Nanny government" is inconsistent with conservatism. Or it was. Maybe not anymore.

 

Birney Imes: When ink gets in your blood

Posted 3/16/2013 in Local Columns

A word of advice: When the revolution comes, make sure Tina Perry is on your side. In the meantime, I'm glad she's on ours. This past week Tina hardly had time to note the passing of her 30th anniversary at The Dispatch. There was, after all, a paper to get out.

Ask Rufus: Work chants and cotton slides

Posted 3/16/2013 in Local Columns

Seeing the Tombigbee River filled with March rains brings to mind days long past when high water meant it was time to ship cotton to Mobile by steamboat.

Adele Elliott: And they're off ...

Posted 3/16/2013 in Local Columns

We hear a lot of people say, "I don't pay attention to politics." And, to that, I answer, "Then you get what you deserve." I am not a political reporter. I am not even a real reporter. I am just an opinion columnist who is lucky enough to have a forum for my rants and observations.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Rate-payers be damned

Posted 3/14/2013 in Local Columns

I attended my first Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing last week. I was not impressed.

 

Slimantics: The obituary as an art form

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns

The art of writing involves showing rather than telling. The novice will write about a person being tall or beautiful or angry. The great writer will create a image of those qualities in the reader's mind. Readers don't want to be told; they want to see.

 

Mississippi Voices: A life well lived

Posted 3/13/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Openness respected in theory, but not in practice

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

Suppose President Obama was in a room with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Suppose they had time to kill and no one to talk to except each other. Would they have common ground for chit-chat? Yes. In a word, they agree wholeheartedly on "transparency."

 

Possumhaw: That old-time religion

Posted 3/11/2013 in Local Columns

The little church in the Prairie, Shaeffer's Chapel, had their annual Seniors Appreciation Banquet -- not seniors like high-schoolers, but seniors like seniors. The preacher shared with the crowd, "Honor your father and mother so that your days on the earth may be long."

California nursing home incident brings to fore end-of-life issues

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

My last job before returning to Mississippi was a gig as a graveyard-shift janitor at a 55-plus living facility in Mesa, Ariz., called Venture Out. It was the sort of job you would expect a convicted felon who had gone from one minimum-wage job to another since being released from prison would have.

Ask Rufus: I Call Them Killdees

Posted 3/9/2013 in Local Columns

One day last week in a conversation with my friends Bert and Sharon Falkner, killdeers, a delightful spring and summer bird of area fields, came up. It is a bird that I have enjoyed watching since I was a child. You will remember them as the bird that acts like it has a broken wing to draw potential predators away from its nest.

 

Lloyd Gray: A matter of the law

Posted 3/5/2013 in Local Columns

March 3 --When is the law the law? And does a state law enforcement agency - not to mention the governor - have the authority to deliberately ignore the law because they don't like it?

 

 

Marty Wiseman: Haley Barbour is correct

Posted 3/4/2013 in Local Columns

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more.

 

Possumhaw: Smothered nutria, Cajun style

Posted 3/4/2013 in Local Columns

There on the bank of the lake lay a critter that looked a lot like a beaver. Its fur was long and wet; its teeth were curved and yellow. Its feet were webbed, but the tail was its undoing. The water rodent had a long round tail like a rat. The son-of-a gun was no doubt a Louisiana nutria.

Birney Imes: Pretty in Pink

Posted 3/2/2013 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon Earnestine Mobley took me for a ride in her Cadillac. The car is beautiful, black leather interior with wood trim, OnStar navigation, heated seats and steering wheel, the works. Near the automatic stick shift on the console is a small black plaque that reads, "This Cadillac exclusively built for Earnestine Nash Mobley." As it happens, the car is pink.

Slimantics: A guide to success and happiness

Posted 3/1/2013 in Local Columns

I was at lunch Thursday when an older gentleman managed to capture my attention. "Are you Slim Smith?" he asked. When confronted with this seemingly benign question, I always respond with a degree of trepidation and feel the urge to ask, instead, "Uh, why do you want to know?"

 

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.

 

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