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Froma Harrop: Christian Cooper Showed Us the Awesome Power of Self-Control

Posted about 2 hours ago in National Columns

I come here not to condemn Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police and falsely claimed that an African American man named Christian Cooper was attacking her, but rather to praise Christian Cooper, who had done nothing more than ask her to leash her dog. The confrontation happened in New York's Central Park, where dogs are supposed to be kept on leashes.



Leonard Pitts: George Floyd's death raises an old question: 'How long?'

Posted about 2 hours ago in National Columns

"I know you're asking today, how long will it take?" Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road.



Home Base: Dear fellow white people

Posted about 2 hours ago in Local Columns

Looting is stupid. Riots are not the "language of the unheard," a quote I have seen so many people post on social media over the past few days. With due respect to the late, great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., my take is that violent riots and looting are more the fury of opportunists looking to score their personal "pound of flesh" against the "system," without any regard to a coherent, shared objective of reduci



Our View: Local leaders rise to the challenge

Posted about 2 hours ago in Dispatch Editorials


Hailey Hawkins: Ricky Ball: A tale of two traffic stops

Posted about 2 hours ago in Local Columns

Columbus, Mississippi, is my home. I was born at Baptist Memorial Hospital. I grew up on Southside dancing at the Market Street Festival each year and playing in the clay of the Tenn-Tom waterway.

Cartoonist View: 6/2/20

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National Columns

Possumhaw: Mystery in the making

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Gazing out the sunroom window I noticed movement in the garden's raised bed. Just over the top of the railroad tie, something brown went around and around.

Slimantics: A matter of Black and Blue and which really matters

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Whenever racists are confronted with indisputable evidence of police brutality against black people, they seek the protection of a mighty fortress: Blue Lives Matter.


Voice of the people: Concerned church staff member



Voice of the people: Bill Gillmore



Voice of the people: Jerry Fortenberry



Voice of the people: Jiben Roy


Local Voices: A high school graduate's perspective

Posted 5/30/2020 in Local Columns

It took me a good while to figure out how to start this article. Partially because I shouldn't even be writing it. I should be basking in my graduation glory, at Slip and Dip with my friends, not planning my only outing for the week to be Walmart because everything else is closed.


Voice of the people: Angela Jones


Partial to Home: The cherry cure

Posted 5/30/2020 in Local Columns

When someone mentions gout, you think of Ben Franklin and Samuel Johnston, the 1700s. Do people still even get gout? You bet they do, plenty.

Ask Rufus: Early Roads

Posted 5/30/2020 in Local Columns

The last several weeks I have spent many days walking and enjoying the almost five miles of trails through woods and sloughs at MUW's Plymouth Bluff Center.


Voice of the people: Paul Mack


Marion Whitley: Kay's letter

Posted 5/29/2020 in Local Columns

As some may know, I have "a thing for letters." I write them, receive. read and reread them; I save them, even write home about them. Last week, mid "lockdown," I received a letter I had written in 1995!


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