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Our View: State drug courts: good for offenders, good for society

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, Bill Waller, Jr., the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, was in town to speak to the Columbus Rotary Club and he devoted much of his time talking about two subjects - the state's electronic court system and its drug court program.



Local voices: Small-town editor cast a long shadow over the community she served

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

In the days when we were colleagues in the Mississippi Press Association, I learned quickly that Patsy Speights was a substantial, formidable woman and a truly great small town newspaper editor.


Editorial cartoon for 10-7-15

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National Columns


Leonard Pitts: Bush family's war on English

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National Columns

And the Bush family's War on English continues.



Our View: A tale of two investments

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the state of Mississippi broke even, you might say.



Patrick Buchanan: War party targets Putin and Assad

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad.



Froma Harrop: Twisted social media and mass murder

Posted yesterday in National Columns

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.


Possumhaw: Fall is the coolest season

Posted 10/5/2015 in Local Columns

Just when you think you can't take the summer heat one moment longer, it's fall. Momma always said fall was her most favorite season.


Leonard Pitts: We need cops with people skills

Posted 10/5/2015 in National Columns

What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police.



Voice of the people: Hank Teller

Since Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, in defiance of the Supreme Court, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, there has been a plethora of editorials throughout the print and electronic media on this topic.


Ask Rufus: A conversation with Charles Dickens

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

I have often written about the many people who have lived in the Columbus, Starkville, West Point area and left their footprints across history or the arts.


Voice of the people: On the recent school shooting


Birney Imes: John Harris' gift

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

"Now, that's somebody y'all need to do a story on." Mike Perkerson was standing behind the counter of his family's hardware store on Military Road. He was nodding in the direction of a man outside his front door standing next to a motorized bicycle.

Patrick Buchanan: The mind of Mr. Putin

Posted 10/3/2015 in National Columns

"Do you realize now what you have done?" So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us.

Froma Harrop: Drug price gouging a product of our political system

Posted 10/3/2015 in National Columns

If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli -- a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world -- has saved Tinseltown the trouble.


Our View: It's up to the gun owners now

Posted 10/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's like a rerun of a show you never liked in the first place.


Lynn Spruill: Apartment moratorium a bad idea

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

I have on good authority a moratorium prohibiting the building of new apartments was going to be on the agenda of the Board of Aldermen.


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