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Steve Chapman: Campus free speech an oxymoron?

Posted 2/17/2017 in National Columns

Since arriving in the White House, Donald Trump has upended many customs and norms, including many whose value was not fully appreciated before.



Marion Whitley: The urge to reach out

Posted 2/17/2017 in National Columns

Recently, I happened to be standing in line at my Eastside Manhattan grocery checkout behind two Muslim women wearing hijabs.


Slimantics: Civic clubs: Eat, pray, listen, but everybody goes home at 1

Posted 2/16/2017 in Local Columns

Lunch and a speaker. Today, it is the Exchange Club. Yesterday it was the Kiwanis. The day before that, Rotary.


Froma Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Posted 2/16/2017 in National Columns

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style.



Our View: Efforts to expedite foster care training requires caution

Posted 2/15/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The foster care system in Mississippi has been a source of shame and embarrassment for years, if not decades. That's the bad news.



Voice of the people: Ruby Bell



Leonard Pitts: Open letter to our so-called president

Posted 2/15/2017 in National Columns

Dear Mr. So-Called President: So let me explain to you how this works.



Our View: Ward 5 meeting turnout encouraging

Posted 2/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, consultant K.B. Turner held the second of six planned ward meetings to discuss how the Columbus Police Department can better serve its residents and what residents can do to assist those efforts.



Patrick Buchanan: Is the left playing with fire again?

Posted 2/14/2017 in National Columns

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the '60s and '70s, it is starting to look like "deja vu all over again."


Possumhaw: Harbingers of spring

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, in the early morning, daffodils were standing 4 inches tall, topped with buds.


Charlie Mitchell: Discarded bills a treasure trove of interesting ideas

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

I know, I know, I know. When people hear about the Mississippi Legislature at all, it's school funding, yes or no on a lottery, morphing campaign donations into individual retirement accounts, whether the state will annex the City of Jackson for the Purpose of Pothole Repair.



Leonard Pitts: White terrorism not as bad as Muslim terrorism?

Posted 2/13/2017 in National Columns

White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism. That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN.


Ask Rufus: A gift from the past

Posted 2/12/2017 in Local Columns

This week, what I grew up calling snowdrops began to bloom.

Partial to Home: Steve Castanis' long journey

Posted 2/11/2017 in Local Columns

In 1986, the late Mike Royko wrote a newspaper column titled "Shortage of short Greeks killing us." Royko, a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, began by relating a bad dining experience at a cafe managed by a college graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.

Roses and thorns 2/12/17

Posted 2/11/2017 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the city of Columbus for their decision to fund a long-awaited "Field of Dreams" sports facility.


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