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Possumhaw: Murmurs of murmurations

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

Stepping outside at twilight, a whishing and whirling of hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of blackbirds could be heard as the birds were twirling across the sky. For a moment they may rest in the treetops or light on the ground, nosing under dry leaves.


Froma Harrop: The star-crossed romance between Amazon and New York City

Posted 2/16/2019 in National Columns

So Amazon chose Valentine's Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I'd say Amazon.


Ask Rufus: The Passing of the Tombigbee Steamboats

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

The first steamboat arrived at Columbus in 1823. For almost 100 years they were the principal means of shipping and passenger service along the Upper Tombigbee River.


Our View: Social media offers new ways to help neighbors, strangers

Posted 2/15/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Social media has its dangers and drawbacks. It is often a source of misinformation, deception and scams and can often appeal to the worst in our nature through cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and exploitation and crimes against children.



Mona Charen: You can't say that on Twitter

Posted 2/15/2019 in National Columns

She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter.



Brett Kittredge: Film incentives are a losing proposition for taxpayers

Posted 2/14/2019 in Local Columns

The prospect of a movie star eating at a local restaurant or a movie being filmed in your home town is appealing to most people. Yet it shouldn't be funded by taxpayers.



Patrick Buchanan: Are the democrats bent on suicide?

Posted 2/14/2019 in National Columns

After reading an especially radical platform agreed upon by the British Labor Party, one Tory wag described it as "the longest suicide note in history."



Froma Harrop: Time for democratic pushback on radicals

Posted 2/14/2019 in National Columns

Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you'd never know it, given all their headlines.



Our View: Some legal battles over government transparency should be publicly funded

Posted 2/13/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

From its inception, our nation was founded on a few basic, if revolutionary, principles including - as Lincoln put it - "government of the people, by the people and for the people."



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar



Leonard Pitts: Ridicule, the last great death of a culture

Posted 2/13/2019 in National Columns

A few words about the Trail of Tears and other jokes. Granted, the Trail of Tears would hardly seem a laughing matter.


Home Base: On a public health matter, the South fails to rise ... again

Posted 2/12/2019 in Local Columns

Mississippi claims the No. 1 ranking in a statistical category that might surprise you. No, it's not public education funding, vocational training skills or even the number of 4- or 5-star football recruits per capita.


Linda Chavez: Why not just be 'an American'?

Posted 2/12/2019 in National Columns

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's insistence that she is Native American has drawn racial taunts from President Donald Trump, who frequently refers to her as "Pocahontas," as well as reprimands from tribal leaders, who note that tribes themselves determine tribal membership.



Marc Dion: Seussical: The Presidency

Posted 2/11/2019 in National Columns

If you want to know why people in America shoot so much heroin, re-watch Pres. Donald J. Trump's State of the Union address.



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