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Ask Rufus: Columbus in 1822

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

I was talking the other day with Carolyn Kaye about the book on the history of Columbus that she, her late husband Sam Kaye and I had written in 1992 and how much more information we had uncovered since then.

Partial to Home: A man on a porch listening to a radio

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Late Friday afternoon on a whim I drove to Southside to see if I could find the man I'd seen earlier in the week sitting on his front porch in the pre-dawn darkness listening to a radio. The man had been wearing a white dress shirt, and I don't know why but the image had stayed with me.


Voice of the people: Robert Smith


Connie Shultz: Dear Trump supporters ...

Posted yesterday in National Columns

The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful.

Steve Chapman: Why health care can't be fixed

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Bill Clinton tried to fix America's health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn't like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how.


Our View: A call for help is not an admission of failure

Posted 3/24/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In January, when asked about the increase in violent crime in the city, Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis suggested that end times prophecy was being fulfilled.



Bill Crawford: Legislators' inaction adds to plight of local retailers

Posted 3/24/2017 in Local Columns

JCPenney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities -- Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford.



Marc Dion: Coat and tie required

Posted 3/24/2017 in National Columns

I'm a newspaper columnist. I write this column, but I'm also the columnist for The Herald News, a midsized daily in Massachusetts.



Our View: Where the cars are

Posted 3/23/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There are any number of indicators that spring has arrived.



Mona Charen: Feelings not always a good guide to justice

Posted 3/23/2017 in National Columns

Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch's calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings.



Leonard Pitts: Trump's chickens finally come home to roost

Posted 3/23/2017 in National Columns

On Monday, accountability finally arrived for Donald Trump.



Our View: Fighting the good fight

Posted 3/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Mike Hurst visited Columbus Tuesday in his new role as the head of the Mississippi Justice Institute.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Charlie Mitchell: Rep.'s campaign against state media reflects misunderstanding

Posted 3/22/2017 in Local Columns

State Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, has his toga in a knot because a Delta newspaper publisher offered his opinion -- opinion -- that Gipson, who chairs House Judiciary B, went too far in mixing religion and public policy.



Our View: Downtown shooting demands calm, cooperative solutions

Posted 3/21/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's early morning shooting incident near the Princess Theater has put local residents and business owners on edge.



Patrick Buchanan: Will Russiagate backfire on the left?

Posted 3/21/2017 in National Columns

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale.



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