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Our View: 'Tales from the Crypt' far more than entertainment

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, a group of high school juniors from Mississippi School for Math and Science will have their dress rehearsal for their Tales from the Crypt tour at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.



Voice of the people: George Hazard



Leonard Pitts: Campaign 2016, journalism's biggest failure

Posted yesterday in National Columns

We did a lousy job.



Our View: Bill Minor: A light in dark places

Posted 3/28/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It is has been said the essential role of a journalist is to shine light into dark places.



Patrick Buchanan: The continuing decline of Congress

Posted 3/28/2017 in National Columns

Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that.



Steve Chapman: Opioid deaths: another drug-war failure

Posted 3/28/2017 in National Columns

A 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that states allowing medical marijuana had 25 percent fewer deaths from prescription drug overdoses than states forbidding it.


Possumhaw: Fatal collisions rock the bird world

Posted 3/27/2017 in Local Columns

The insects are out, as the red-bellied woodpecker knows.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Voice of the people: Jiben Roy



Charlie Mitchell: State's hospitals facing uncertain times

Posted 3/27/2017 in Local Columns

A healthier Mississippi with more medical services, specifically for the underserved, was a hallmark of Gov. Phil Bryant's stump speech when he was running for office.


Ask Rufus: Columbus in 1822

Posted 3/26/2017 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 3/25/2017 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 3/25/2017 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 3/25/2017 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.



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