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Our View: Charity should not be seasonal

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

There is an old German proverb that goes "true charity sees the need not the cause."

 

Lynn Spruill: Another way of thinking about dogs and cemeteries

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

There are differing ideas about the recently proposed ban on allowing dogs in public cemeteries in Starkville.

 

Michael Gerson: Leaving the harder path

Posted yesterday in National Columns

There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess.

 

Slimantics: Possibly the best Egg Bowl ever

Posted 11/20/2014 in Local Columns

The Egg Bowl was played Wednesday on the Mississippi State campus and for time first time ever, it didn't matter who won or lost.

 

Michael Gerson: A pope's human touch

Posted 11/20/2014 in National Columns

Pope Francis' American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess).

 

 

Our View: Test will give students early exposure to the workplace

Posted 11/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During his speech at Tuesday's Columbus Rotary Club meeting, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said he hopes to have every high-school junior in the Golden Triangle take the WorkKeys test.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: They killed Peter Kassig!

Posted 11/19/2014 in National Columns

What, in the name of God? It is a question that demands asking, that haunts this most recent atrocity.

 

Slimantics: Public hearing fails to 'Inspire'

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

The public hearing had just ended. As Tommie Cardin was packing up for his drive back to Jackson, Darren Leach approached him and made what seemed to me a curious comment.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Epps may do some time, but guilt is not his alone

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippians will be able to tell whether the criminal indictment faced by Christopher Epps means anything by how the 2015 edition of the Mississippi Legislature reacts.

 

Possumhaw: Havoc in the boat shed

Posted 11/17/2014 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner turned house sitter, reported all went well at the Prairie house while we were away. She had only one scare when she feared Jack, the cat, had expired on the sofa.

 

Voice of the people: Melody Vydas

As per your story on Veteran's Day about the oldest veteran in Lowndes County, I believe Dr. Robert Gilbert at age 99 years and 5 months is a WWII army vet living in Lowndes County.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jon Zarandona

Last year I wrote a letter to the editor over my dissatisfaction with the fans at Mississippi State home games.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Obamacare's 'death panel'

Posted 11/17/2014 in National Columns

So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all.

 

Ask Rufus: Choctaw baskets

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.

Birney Imes: Trees from acorns

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

In 1953 the French writer Jean Giono published a thin volume, titled, "The Man Who Planted Trees." The story's narrator, hiking alone in the south of France, comes upon a desolate, treeless valley covered in wild lavender. The year is 1910.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The gift of a permanent victory

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

It's been a beautiful fall day. I am healthy, reasonably intelligent, have good friends and a roof, albeit rusty, over my head. But I burrow, downcast, on my denim couch beneath a tiger throw, wondering why I feel so terrible about two football games. Auburn

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Some thoughts as we wait to see whether Ferguson burns

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.

 

 

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