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PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

 

Policing isn't always as easy as the good guys versus the bad guys

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.

 

Remembering their sacrifices

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

Memorial Day weekend has arrived. There are planned events and observances scheduled throughout the country, including here in the Golden Triangle. For most citizens, however, the long holiday weekend will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy gatherings with family and/or friends and have some fun.

 

Roses and thorns

Posted yesterday in Roses & Thorns

A rose of remembrance this Memorial Day weekend.

Remember

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.

Lynn Spruill: Memorial Day

Posted 5/22/2015 in Local Columns

We have another holiday and another opportunity for a long weekend with maybe a cookout to celebrate an end to the school year or just a good day to sleep in.

 

Susan Estrich: The graduates

Posted 5/22/2015 in National Columns

It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days.

 

 

Our View: City needs consistent approach to festival beer sales

Posted 5/21/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus city council voted 5-1 against granting the annual Juneteenth Festival, held each year at Sim Scott Park, permission to sell beer this year, county supervisor Leroy Brooks denounced the decision as election-year politics.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Trigger warnings, colleges, and the 'Swaddled Generation'

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead.

 

 

Our View: Important work done with little fanfare

Posted 5/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It is an important job few seem to want, where success is best measured by what you don't see.

 

 

Voice of the people: Glenn Lautzenhiser

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

Posted 5/20/2015 in National Columns

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

 

 

Our View: When political signs become litter

Posted 5/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Canadian rock group "Five Man Electrical Band" might well have slipped into musical obscurity had it not been for its single U.S. hit, "Signs."

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Danger for officers never far away

Posted 5/19/2015 in Local Columns

When they cranked their patrol cars to start their shifts on the Saturday night before Mother's Day, Hattiesburg policemen Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate knew he was out there.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

Possumhaw: The patron saint of gardening and taxi drivers

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

Among gardens, garden centers, statuaries and yard art, the stone figure of a monk gently holding a bird in open hand is sometimes found. The statue of the robed monk is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. But what of the monk who holds a spade?

 

 

Voice of the people: Shirley Crisp

Just writing to say thank you for the great time I had when I came down to sing with the Maryville College Community Choir for the "Chronicles of the Blue and Gray" concert on the night that kicked off your spring Pilgrimage.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bill Parker

In your May 7th edition, Harriet Vaughn commented on how water shortages in California may be exacerbated by the Endangered Species Act and have local effects here. Her reference was from a report ... aired on Fox News. As in some reports on Fox News, the story was exaggerated and distorted to match the opinions of the network.

 

 

Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

 

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