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Possumhaw: The humming of a deaf cat

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Jack Henry, Jack for short, is my cat, and he's finally given up trying to force himself on top of my laptop computer.

 

Voice of the people: Benny Cooper

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Our broken prison system

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) reform task force held an open hearing in downtown Jackson at the Woolfolk building recently. About a hundred people attended.

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus pilgrimage is 75 years old

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

It was 75 years ago that the first Columbus Pilgrimage was held.

Birney Imes: Mack Banks: At 80, still one be-bopping daddy

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

My friend Axel called from Germany the other day. When I told him I was going to be interviewing Mack Banks later in the week, he threw out a quote from one of Mack's X-rated songs and asked me if I still had the album he gave me years ago.

 

Bill Crawford: Behavior part of IHL board/Jones discord

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

"It was pride that changed angels into devils," taught Saint Augustine.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Before 'conversation on race' we need education on race

Posted 3/28/2015 in National Columns

Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?

 

Patrick Buchanan: The enemy of my enemy

Posted 3/28/2015 in National Columns

The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive.

Slimantics: Winners all

Posted 3/27/2015 in Local Columns

In roughly 25 years as a sports journalist, I've covered all sorts of basketball games - from Final Fours to the NBA Playoffs to innumerable high school and college games from Florida to California. But I never covered a game quite like the one staged Thursday at the Columbus High gym.

 

Our View: Starkville should approve garbage-rate increase

Posted 3/27/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Since the current Starkville Board of Aldermen first convened in July 2013, one of its primary themes has been making wise fiscal choices and while this board has been generally faithful to that mission, there have been instances where that commitment has resulted in little more than obstinance.

 

Lynn Spruill: Garbage bags

Posted 3/27/2015 in Local Columns

Most people would never consider the topic of garbage bags to be a particularly inspiring subject for discussion let alone one that generates untold controversy. That only means they never lived in Starkville.

 

Our View: IHL Board would be wise to reverse Jones decision

Posted 3/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Board of Trustees of Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning is no stranger to controversy over its long history of governing the state's eight public universities.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Inexcusable wackiness in the Senate

Posted 3/26/2015 in National Columns

President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

 

 

Our View: Why poetry matters

Posted 3/25/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In April, Joy Carino, a junior at Mississippi School for Math and Science from Starkville, will travel to Washington, D.C., to represent Mississippi in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Record high underfunding' for Mississippi K-12 schools

Posted 3/25/2015 in Local Columns

Money, by far, isn't the only woe for some public schools in Mississippi.

 

 

Voice of the people: Joel Vig

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Our View: A meaningful commitment to crime prevention

Posted 3/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In the wake of Friday afternoon's shooting that left four injured near Sim Scott Park, Columbus officials say they are putting in place a plan to aggressively combat crime in several Columbus neighborhoods where criminal conduct has spiked in recent months.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: I've got your back, Ashley Judd!

Posted 3/24/2015 in National Columns

Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like "Insurgent," "Divergent" or "Tooth Fairy."

 

 

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