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Phil Bryant: Bold criminal justice reform is needed

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

I spoke at the first Mississippi Summit on Criminal Justice Reform on Tuesday about the need to invest in proven public safety strategies. Those in attendance heard similar testimonials from legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, and families impacted by incarceration, all of whom are ready to see Mississippi take the next step on criminal justice reform.


Slimantics: Real criminal justice reform means comprehensive changes

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

This week's criminal justice summit in Jackson was hailed as a milestone moment in criminal justice reform, drawing speakers from both the political left and right in addressing a problem that both sides agree has had a devastating affect on our state.


Kate Farabaugh: AG opinion will strengthen state legislature

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Every year around this time, the Mississippi Legislature develops a variety of policies and bills designed to reinvent or reform public education -- school choice, high-stakes testing, letter grades for school performance, you name it.



Our View: From a modest start, Happy Irby fund is an example of how we can all help

Posted 12/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we take note of the many opportunities we have to help the less fortunate, often through large, well-organized charities.



Larry Elder: Mueller probe: If convictions equals success, Whitewater was a triumph

Posted 12/13/2018 in National Columns

President Donald Trump-haters salivated over special counsel Robert Mueller's recent filings on ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump former lawyer/"fixer" Michael Cohen.



Our View: Labat and Shelton show admirable leadership, cooperation

Posted 12/12/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Since her arrival as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District this summer, Cherie Labat has taken pains to carefully craft and nurture the image the city's schools present to the community.



Daniel Gardner: We're all in this together

Posted 12/12/2018 in Local Columns

Gracious! We're ending 2018 on a bitter note, no different from the cacophony we've heard continually since the 2016 election.



Robert Koehler: The lost and the entitled

Posted 12/12/2018 in National Columns

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off.



Our View: 4-County honors its mission with 'keep the change' grants

Posted 12/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

"Keep the change" is an old expression, usually a small, seemingly insignificant gesture motivated as much by convenience (who wants to fool with a few coins?) as charity.



Charlie Mitchell: 'Differentness' is real, but doesn't always matter

Posted 12/11/2018 in Local Columns

It was certainly no surprise when race bubbled up more than a month ago in the runoff between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy.



Patrick Buchanan: How democracy is losing the world

Posted 12/11/2018 in National Columns

If Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels about a one-night stand a decade ago, that, says Jerome Nadler, incoming chair of House Judiciary, would be an "impeachable offense."



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Friday's paper had an article in it about two recent fatal shootings of black men by police officers who were responding to "shots fired" calls. In both cases the police apparently mistook the black men for the criminals when they actually were the "good guys" responding to crimes committed by others.



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.

A declaimer before this letter: I am writing this because of talk on the street I have heard of late. I am being kind in my remarks, to what the street talk is. No accusations meant, just some information needed to explain our current financial situation.



Other Editors: 12/10/18

Posted 12/10/2018 in National Columns

Never pass a school bus while it is loading or unloading students.



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