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Voice of the people: Dale Nelson

 

 

Our View: Refreshing Ward 1 campaign leads to first female council member in a decade

Posted 10/17/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The race for Ward 1 Columbus City Council position didn't attract much attention, not even from voters. In both Tuesday's runoff, where Esther Stewart edged Liz Terry to win the open council seat, and the Sept. 25 election, which featured a field of nine candidates, about 600 of the ward's roughly 2,700 registered voters made it to the polls.

 

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Why, when we see black people, do we so often see what isn't there?

Posted 10/17/2019 in National Columns

The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can't see what he saw. But in a sense, we don't need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat to life and limb. All this in the person of Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, who was actually doing nothing more sinister than playing video games in her bedroom with her 8-year-old nephew.

 

 

Voice of the people: Fred Kinder

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar

 

 

Marc Dion: A noggin of despair

Posted 10/16/2019 in National Columns

An Irish immigrant friend of mine once told me that, in the Ireland of his youth, the word "noggin" was, as he put it "the most elastic word in the language."

 

 

Other Editors: Orange County (California) Register

Posted 10/16/2019 in National Columns

For too long, the power of the executive branch has long exceeded the narrow set of powers and expectations set out by the U.S. Constitution.

 

Slimantics: Reeves is running against himself -- and losing

Posted 10/15/2019 in Local Columns

A comedian once explained why grandparents are so much nicer than parents: "It's because they're old and they want to go to heaven."

 

Froma Harrop: Sanders still sees Democrats as the problem

Posted 10/15/2019 in National Columns

On a recent "Saturday Night Live," Bernie Sanders (played by Larry David) exclaimed, "l'm so excited to be back and to ruin things a second time." The audience emitted a nervous laugh.

 

 

Other Editors: Homeless aid efforts need continued support

Posted 10/15/2019 in National Columns

Building on its mission to serve the homeless population in Northeast Mississippi, the Salvation Army's efforts over the past several years come to fruition today with the completion of a new shelter and reopening of the community center and soup kitchen.

 

Possumhaw: Two men and a ladder

Posted 10/14/2019 in Local Columns

You know, I saw a meme once depicting a man straddled across a stairway with one foot on a ladder and the other braced on the wall. The caption said, "Why women live longer than men."

 

Voice of the people: Martin Pomphrey, M.D.

 

 

Other Editors: Secrecy leads to Ole Miss fiasco

Posted 10/14/2019 in National Columns

Ford Dye, the Mississippi College Board member who chaired the search for a chancellor at the University of Mississippi, said last week that the board rushed to name Glenn Boyce as its choice so Boyce could get to work quickly "to unify the Ole Miss family."

 

 

Mona Charen: Trump thinks he's above the law

Posted 10/14/2019 in National Columns

Donald Trump is testing whether he can claim immunity from the rule of law. That's the plain meaning of the announcement that his administration will not cooperate in any way with the House impeachment inquiry.

 

 

Marion Whitley: All hail country music (and bless you, Ken Burns)

Posted 10/13/2019 in Local Columns

I am besotted these days with the voices of Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and dear Patsy Cline, resurrected by Ken Burns' Country Music documentary playing on Public Television for the last two weeks. What hats! When their voices were etched in my soul there were no accompanying visuals.

 

 

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