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Susan Estrich: Stunt time

Posted 8/5/2015 in National Columns

What should you look for if you happen to be one of those dedicated Americans who watches "primary" debates?


Slimantics: What we still get wrong about the Civil War

Posted 8/4/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes the news of the day touches on the deep roots of our national story, and anniversaries of milestone moments cause us to reflect again on our history


Patrick Buchanan: The plot to destroy Nixon

Posted 8/4/2015 in Local Columns

In his new biography "Being Nixon: A Man Divided," Evan Thomas concedes a point.


Possumhaw: Lazy, hazy days of summer

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Most mornings Sam and I have cereal on the front porch.


Charlie Mitchell: The core of history is fact; core of heritage is emotion

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Quick: Name a Mississippi public university named for a slave-owning Confederate general. If you said, "Alcorn," you're right.


Ask Rufus: A Rabbit on a Blue Moon

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about writing this column is never knowing what direction it will take me. This weekend has seen the appearance of a blue moon. Actually a blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon.


Voice of the people: Sanity in government

For five of the past 240 years, some form of Confederate flag flew over 11 of 34 states. Honest historians (which are increasingly hard to find) will tell you that every black person brought to this country to be sold was brought here by Northern ships flying the Stars and Stripes not the Stars and Bars, Battle flag or the State flag of Mississippi.



Leonard Pitts: We've already had a race war, plenty of them

Posted 8/1/2015 in National Columns

He wanted to start a race war. That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.



Kathleen Parker: The tipping point on Planned Parenthood

Posted 8/1/2015 in National Columns

It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos "disturbing."


Birney Imes: Wobble boxes and polywads

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes, when driving, I listen to a learn-to-speak-French CD, one of those language programs where you repeat phrases spoken in French. One of the phrases is "Je ne parle pas anglais, je parle American" ("I don't speak English, I speak American.") I smile every time I hear it, for it's certainly true. And then there is the matter of we in the South with our own lingua franca.


Patrick Buchanan: Could Trump win?

Posted 8/1/2015 in National Columns

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.



Our View: In the heat of summer our thoughts turn to ... water

Posted 7/31/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, a Kroger employee passed out bottles of water to grateful shoppers.


Lynn Spruill: What they deserve

Posted 7/31/2015 in Local Columns

Apparently four of the Starkville Board of Aldermen are still convinced they deserve a whopping 33 percent additional pay for the staggering amount of part time work they do for their constituents. If you detect sarcasm in my tone, we're communicating.


Kathleen Parker: The coming Alzheimer's crisis in America

Posted 7/31/2015 in National Columns

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out -- will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.



Our View: Starkville aldermen pay raise is hard to justify

Posted 7/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Pretty much since it came into office in 2014, the current Starkville Board of Aldermen have been concerned about the financial welfare of those who work for the city.



Voice of the people: Jim Scrivener



Kathleen Parker: The GOP's clash of ridiculous cliches

Posted 7/30/2015 in National Columns

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.



Our View: Campaign finance needs more scrutiny

Posted 7/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

State auditor Stacey Pickering has spent the last week dismissing allegations he used money donated to his campaign for personal use as little more than smear tactics by a desperate opponent, aided by a former Pickering campaign worker with inside knowledge of his campaign.



Leonard Pitts: Police brutality is a problem for everyone

Posted 7/29/2015 in National Columns

This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be.



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