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Ask Rufus: No sidewalk, no mail

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.

Birney Imes: An afternoon with beekeepers

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday about 40 beekeepers stood in the twilight on a cement pad outside a metal farm building in south Noxubee County.

Lynn Spruill: Annexation and growth

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

As of the last formal census of 2010, Starkville has a population of 23,888. The most recent figure from 2012 is an official estimate of 24,360. So, in the past two years we have grown by roughly 472 people. If we project that rate of growth over the next eight years by 2020 we should have about 26,248 as our population base.

 

Rheta Johnson: Making hay of hate

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi, my adopted home state, place that I love, is reverting to its old ways, which many of us who live here had believed and hoped to be in the distant past.

 

Kathleen Parker: Has the West got Putin yet?

Posted 4/19/2014 in National Columns

The new "agreement" between Russia, the United States and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn't to say it's not a good "prospect" for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country -- not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs. The handwriting was on the palm of Nina Khrushcheva's hand, not that she needs notes.

 

Leonard Pitt: Race and Obama news coverage

Posted 4/19/2014 in National Columns

I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder?

 

 

Our View: Your voice makes a difference

Posted 4/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A newcomer to Columbus might, after some observation, conclude that people here simply do not care about what is happening in our community.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

Posted 4/18/2014 in National Columns

Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It's a tale historians find suspect.

 

 

Voice of the people: James E. Goolsby

 

 

Voice of the people: Clara Easley Von Kanel

 

 

Froma Harrop: Ask not what your cat can do for you

Posted 4/17/2014 in National Columns

A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties. Sadly, not nearly so much as they thought and hoped.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Chuck Stone (1924-2014)

Posted 4/17/2014 in National Columns

Black journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, "We shall not see his like again."

 

 

Our View: An encouraging development on the education front

Posted 4/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Legislature produces a handful of education bills. Once in a great while, the group actually includes a good idea.

 

 

Our View: When the shoe is on the other foot

Posted 4/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's uniformly contentious and often ridiculous meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, the board finally got around to interviewing candidates for the search firm that will be charged with identifying candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Erasing the race card

Posted 4/16/2014 in National Columns

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Lessons not learned in Boston

Posted 4/15/2014 in National Columns

Airport gift shops throughout New England are piling "Boston Strong" T-shirts in vivid colors. "Boston Strong" became a rallying cry of solidarity after the terrorist bombing last year at the Boston Marathon.

 

 

Our View: Columbus school board sinks to new low

Posted 4/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Like the recent warm weather, the hope of harmony on the Columbus Municipal School District has proven to be fleeting. It's back to chaos as usual for the CMSD, a dispiriting blow to the community whose fortunes are closely tied to the success of its schools.

 

 

Our view: Excuse for three-person budget committee is pathetic at best

Posted 4/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville aldermen should reorganize the city's three-person audit and budget committee to include any and all representatives willing to participate in financial discussions, and any foot dragging should be perceived as an attempt to deny at least one alderman's right to represent his constituents.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: The law as a pacifier

Posted 4/14/2014 in Local Columns

Section 1 of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week, is to calm the masses -- those who believe the gay agenda in America needs to be sent a message.

 

 

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