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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Cannabis for the rest of us

Did you know the federal government has been growing marijuana in Mississippi for over 30 years? For government use? Not at some secret location on some Mississippi back road, but on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Tons and tons of the really good stuff, so good even the feds have got the munchies. For those who ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Hope should spring eternal, not hate

In South Carolina last week, yet another unarmed, black man was killed by a white police officer. This slaying, as well as the officer’s planting of evidence, was caught on film. Somehow this is supposed to be different from other shootings of unarmed black men and boys in this country. The department has terminated the officer’s employment, meaning the chances ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The culture wars and the cross we bear

As the nation comes to terms with the Religious Freedom Laws being promulgated, reconsidered and revised in states like Arkansas and Indiana, I am reminded of the Sanford and Son episode where Fred tries to avoid paying taxes by purchasing a mail-order clergy ordination. When he realizes the mail-order scam is a con to steal what little he owns, Fred ...

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Barbour-Swoope team played .500 ball, at best

Thank heavens there is still a bright line between a news story and a column. Neither is better than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. A news story is supposed to be factual. Hence, it carries the mantle of credibility, which should never drop to the ground, like the American flag. Play fast and loose with the facts, ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Wicker, Cochran and the Iran-a-Muck letter

Forty-seven United States Senators, including Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, signed a letter recently to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran did not. The letter set out to explain the nuances of our U.S. Constitution to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The letter also described how the Senate might scuttle any agreement ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Who in the Hell are We?

This is not the Ole Miss Hotty Toddy cheer, but instead a more serious question requiring a lot more than Flim Flam and Bim Bam. Although that, along with plenty of other spin, will be shared as a result of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on the CIA’s “Enhanced Interrogation.” Everyone should study the report for themselves. We should make ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful

Could we be more Thankful? Thanksgiving is the greatest of American holidays. Its initial observance is older than the nation itself. The Pilgrims, of course, viewed it more as a time of prayer and reflection, than today’s feasting and football frenzy. But let’s just admit it, with the Egg Bowl approaching most of us are thankful for the NCAA Playoff ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi needs one university

Football season is here and what better time to consider consolidating our public universities in Mississippi as we strive for that coveted spot in the BCS national championship. After all, what is the value of higher education if alums can only brag about Rhodes Scholars. While school consolidation in many ways has proven detrimental to our primary and secondary school ...

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