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Our view: No time for guerrilla warfare

Posted 10/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the waning days of the Confederacy, when defeat was inevitable, the only remaining question for the CSA commanders and administration was whether to surrender or disperse its crippled army into hundreds of guerrilla units and fight on in a effort to wear down the U.S. Army's resolve.

 

 

Charles Krauthammer: Redskins and reason

Posted 10/18/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Excellence is contagious

Posted 10/17/2013 in Local Columns

The first and most visible step in the sea change that will be occurring in downtown Starkville has just occurred. If you haven't looked recently, the old electric department building that served as the west end of Main Street is gone.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Fashion can't be tech's new big thing

Posted 10/17/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Criteria for public school ratings gets another look

Posted 10/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A month after releasing the results of its accountability ratings for the 2012-2013 school year, the State Board of Education is again tinkering with how is measures the success or failure of our school districts.

 

Slimantics: When 'virtual' is the only reality

Posted 10/16/2013 in Local Columns

Thursday's edition of The Dispatch will include a story about a group of mostly older women who gather in Columbus once at week to compete in a bowling league. Somewhere, there are 20-somethings shaking their heads in amusement: Don't these women have a bowling app on their smartphones?

 

Charlie Mitchell: Push to personalize may pigeonhole the populace

Posted 10/16/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Voice of the People: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Mike Willis

 

 

Our view: It's a good idea; let's steal it!

Posted 10/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Dispatch generally frowns upon stealing in every form. But we are prepared to make an exception in the case of what will be happening in Natchez next month.

 

 

Frances Hairston: The beauty of the bois d'arc

Posted 10/15/2013 in Local Columns

If you have never had the privilege of viewing the beauty of a large bodock tree from your own yard, you've missed something. A gnarly looking twisting structure of a tree with big lime green fruit with a pebbly texture, the bodock could well be the official tree of the Prairie.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jay Lacklen

 

Possumhaw: Fall fishing at the creek

Posted 10/14/2013 in Local Columns

"Nose into the wake," Sam hollered. We were out for a little kayak fishing on Bear Creek when three fancy bass boats sped by. As luck would have it, there was a bass tournament going on.

Ask Rufus: King Philip, not for sale at any price

Posted 10/12/2013 in Local Columns

There were many famous generals and horses that came out of the Civil War. Among the most noted was Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his favorite horse, King Phillip.

 

Peter Imes: Give flowers, show appreciation

Posted 10/12/2013 in Local Columns

About three years ago, I walked past Linda Massey's desk and into my own office. My office has a window that looks into the front office of The Dispatch. I had noticed a man talking to Linda when I walked in, but didn't realize it was Lloyd Vaughan until I sat at my desk and looked out that window.

 

 

Kenny Wright: Cable ONE working on channels

We want to take a moment to thank all of our Cable ONE customers for their patience and understanding as we continue to work through our difficult negotiations with Turner Networks in order to restore your programming to you.

 

 

Charles Krauthammer: The way out

Posted 10/12/2013 in National Columns

For all the hyped indignation over GOP "anarchism," there has been remarkable media reticence about the president's intransigence. He has refused to negotiate anything unless the Republicans fully fund the government and raise the debt ceiling - unconditionally.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Better connection and a disconnect

Posted 10/12/2013 in National Columns

The thing might be funny, except that somebody died. That part isn't funny at all. But the rest of it, the moments before Justin Valdez was killed, read like some twisted skit on "Saturday Night Live."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Portrait of a man

Posted 10/12/2013 in National Columns

His prized possessions were a Stetson hat, a portrait print signed by Kentucky's Col. Harlan Sanders and a putter shaped like a hot dog and autographed by Bear Bryant, though three of his children had graduated from Auburn and he never played golf.

 

 

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