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Our View: Slime: one gooey way to spark a child's imagination

Posted earlier today in Dispatch Editorials

Unless the success of future generations relies on having dexterous thumbs, it is probably more important than ever that today's connected kids learn to make their own fun.



Voice of the people: Betty Armstreet Sparrow



Voice of the people: Raymond Gross



Jiben Roy: In fact, there were leaders with the characteristics of a prophet

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

As I read about Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammed, the well-known prophets, I find all of them were depicted as humans and surprisingly all of them originated in the desert lands of the Middle East.


Slimantics: Rhonda Keenum's role on Reeves' campaign goes beyond bad optics

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

During his speech Monday at the Starkville Rotary Club, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum posed a few questions to his audience.


Patrick Buchanan: Why autocrats are replacing Democrats

Posted yesterday in National Columns

"If you look at Trump in America and Bolsonaro in Brazil, you see that people want politicians that do what they promise," said Spanish businessman Juan Carlos Perez Carreno.



Marc Dion: I'll have the steak and eggs: A political parable

Posted 2/18/2019 in National Columns

Forty years ago, in one of those Midwestern cities where flat avenues end in clusters of convenience stores, I worked as a janitor.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

It may surprise many, but both conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, all want pretty much the same things. The difference is in how to attain the desired goals. Sometimes neither side has the right or best answer, but a true compromise between the opposing sides would work best.


Cartoonist View: 2/18/19

Posted 2/18/2019 in National Columns

Both of America's great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity -- racial, religious, ethnic, cultural -- as its own and as America's "greatest strength."

Possumhaw: Murmurs of murmurations

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

Stepping outside at twilight, a whishing and whirling of hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of blackbirds could be heard as the birds were twirling across the sky. For a moment they may rest in the treetops or light on the ground, nosing under dry leaves.


Froma Harrop: The star-crossed romance between Amazon and New York City

Posted 2/16/2019 in National Columns

So Amazon chose Valentine's Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I'd say Amazon.


Ask Rufus: The Passing of the Tombigbee Steamboats

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

The first steamboat arrived at Columbus in 1823. For almost 100 years they were the principal means of shipping and passenger service along the Upper Tombigbee River.


Our View: Social media offers new ways to help neighbors, strangers

Posted 2/15/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Social media has its dangers and drawbacks. It is often a source of misinformation, deception and scams and can often appeal to the worst in our nature through cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and exploitation and crimes against children.



Mona Charen: You can't say that on Twitter

Posted 2/15/2019 in National Columns

She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter.



Brett Kittredge: Film incentives are a losing proposition for taxpayers

Posted 2/14/2019 in Local Columns

The prospect of a movie star eating at a local restaurant or a movie being filmed in your home town is appealing to most people. Yet it shouldn't be funded by taxpayers.



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