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Our View: From failing schools come failing communities

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

Ever year at this time, the Mississippi Department of Education releases its "report cards" for schools and school districts throughout the state.



Wyatt Emmerich: Towards safer streets

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

As fall approaches, the days get shorter with increasing rapidity.



Our View: A weekend chock full of options

Posted 10/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Aprils and Octobers are distant relatives (calendar-wise, at least), but share common traits.



Bill Crawford: Is Amazon becoming the new local job killer?

Posted 10/19/2017 in Local Columns

Rural communities just thought Walmart was the great job killer. Now comes Amazon.



Connie Schultz: 'He didn't even remember his name'

Posted 10/19/2017 in National Columns

His name was La David T. Johnson.


Slimantics: The tragic sadness of 'Me, too'

Posted 10/18/2017 in Local Columns

I have never been an accomplice to a crime. Put another way, I have never been a victim of sexual assault/sexual abuse/sexual harassment. Those who have know precisely what I mean.


Leonard Pitts: Making people uncomfortable is the point

Posted 10/18/2017 in National Columns

It "makes some people uncomfortable." That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board's decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."


Slimantics: Sometimes, even kids should be 'uncomfortable'

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, the Biloxi School District removed Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" from its eighth-grade language arts curriculum after complaints from some of the students' parents.


Voice of the people: Berry Hinds



Froma Harrop: Trump's long contentious history with health care

Posted 10/17/2017 in National Columns

The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump.


Possumhaw: Them old cotton fields

Posted 10/16/2017 in Local Columns

A week ago, around every bend a field of cotton edged the road. The crops were defoliated, so stalks stood brown holding fluffy white cotton, like cotton candy on a stick. The fields are beautiful, lying in row after row as far as you can see.


Voice of the people: Albert "Chance" Laws, M. D.



Charlie Mitchell: Admit it: Voting Rights Act had a down side, too

Posted 10/16/2017 in Local Columns

A case the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term illustrates what happens when good intentions go bad.



Partial to Home: Driving lessons

Posted 10/14/2017 in Local Columns

Recently, before setting out on a road trip, I stopped by the library for a handful of books on tape, invaluable companions on long drives.



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