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Possumhaw: Made in the U.S.A., or not

Posted 3/31/2014 in Local Columns

The jean jacket label said Bangladesh. Prairie skirt made in the U.S.A. Old Navy jacket made in China, as was the Longleaf camo jacket, as was the Ralph Lauren skirt. Really? Ralph Lauren made in China? Ann Taylor -- Hong Kong; MSU baseball hat -- Taiwan R.O. C. Shoes were a mix of Brazil, Mexico and China.

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi marijuana laws already pretty loose

Posted 3/31/2014 in Local Columns

After two states -- Washington and Colorado -- legalized recreational use of marijuana, people were heard saying, "That will never happen in Mississippi" or "Mississippi will be the last state to do that." Well, maybe. Maybe not.

Ask Rufus: Roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage

Posted 3/29/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage run deep within our community. In 1939, T.C. Billups decided to act on the success of Natchez and other Southern towns in using a spring pilgrimage to attract tourists and promote community development.

Birney Imes: Sweetness and light on a Friday afternoon

Posted 3/29/2014 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon at 6:30 I was standing in front of Shattuck Hall on The W campus watching honeybees fly in and out of a Corinthian column.

Lynn Spruill: Lessons from law school

Posted 3/28/2014 in Local Columns

Unlike a good number of my friends and acquaintances, I truly enjoyed my law school classes. My plan when I graduated from Mississippi State University was to go to law school at Ole Miss. I had been accepted and scheduled to start classes there when the Navy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Frances Hairston: Life lessons learned in a greenhouse

Posted 3/25/2014 in Local Columns

Parents should take a page from Mary Tuggle's book on how to instill in children a work ethic. Two weeks ago, I, along with other members of the Noxubee Garden Club, sat mesmerized listening to Mary and Katherine Hewlett tell the story of Palmer Home.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Corrections reforms not easy, but not optional either

Posted 3/24/2014 in Local Columns

Oops. Sheriffs read the bill. So did some prosecutors. Together, they took the wind out of the sails of corrections legislation as it reached Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.

 

Possumhaw: Bunny in the bathroom

Posted 3/24/2014 in Local Columns

The caller said, "I read in the paper that you wanted a rabbit."

Ask Rufus: The homeland

Posted 3/22/2014 in Local Columns

This past week has been a most interesting one. I had the pleasure of having four houseguests who are working on a historic sites study for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations of Oklahoma.

Birney Imes: Spring arrives

Posted 3/22/2014 in Local Columns

Kenny Lang, who pedals his bicycle around Southside relentlessly and who could do voice-overs for Disney's "Song of the South," was watering his garden on Thursday, the first day of spring. Kenny is cultivating a sliver of earth near the intersection of South Fifth Street and 16th Avenue. He was using two plastic soft drink bottles to sprinkle his Georgia collards, kale and onions.

Lynn Spruill: Last minute agenda changes not in public's interest

Posted 3/21/2014 in Local Columns

What do we mean by Sunshine Week, anyway? Sunshine is refers to lighting up the inner workings of government. Who knew?

Slimantics: Gibbs case is about abortion, not murder

Posted 3/20/2014 in Local Columns

It has been 41 years since the landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that barred states from outlawing abortion.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Privacy, jobs and tax breaks to businesses

Posted 3/20/2014 in Local Columns

The rise of the Internet is eroding our expectations of privacy. Like a lobster in a big stove pot of water, we are about to get boiled.

 

 

Public's right to know improves accountability

Posted 3/19/2014 in Local Columns

Sunshine Week is an opportunity to remind people of the principle of the public's right to know about government decisions and actions that affect their lives.

 

 

Layne Bruce: A little more sunshine

Posted 3/18/2014 in Local Columns

Well, that's more like it. The Legislature last week passed two important bills on to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. Both S.B. 2507 and H.B. 928 make significant needed improvements to Mississippi's so-called "Sunshine laws." They're known that way here and across the nation because of their purpose to increase transparency in government.

 

Possumhaw: Weaving an undeniable spell

Posted 3/17/2014 in Local Columns

The boys were all excited about their fishing weekend. Tim wanted to kick off his recent retirement, and Greg, looking forward to the birth of his second child, wanted a quiet weekend to fish; Sam agreed to host. Quick to seize opportunity, I called my college roommate, Toni, and suggested we meet for a girls' night.

 

Charlie Mitchell: World could do worse than to go to the dogs

Posted 3/17/2014 in Local Columns

People say the world is going to the dogs. We could do worse.

 

Lynn Spruill: Beyond our comfort zone

Posted 3/15/2014 in Local Columns

The Starkville Community Theater recently performed "Steel Magnolias." The play version is similar in story line, but very different in execution from the movie. Unlike the movie, the play is an all woman show with a cast of six characters. It was a wonderful show and one that the theater and the community should be very proud of having in its complement of theater productions.

 

Browning on Business: Historic Columbus business facing tough time

Posted 3/13/2014 in Local Columns

If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.

 

 

The Dispatch responds

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

The essence of the editorial in question is that the public is not served by the city's practice of holding non-quorum meetings (four different instances in a month's time, that we know of) and by slowing the process of releasing public information. We stand by those assertions.

 

 

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