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Kathleen Parker: Words that kill

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

"At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act.



Leonard Pitts: Fox 'News' proof of old P.T. Barnum adage

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

Every once in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look smarter than you are. Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.



Voice of the people: Dr. James Hunt


Slimantics: Legislature should reject special needs education bills

Posted 3/10/2015 in Local Columns

Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.


Patrick Buchanan: Does Iran really want a bomb?

Posted 3/10/2015 in National Columns

America, we have a problem.


Possumhaw: How birds keep their feet from freezing

Posted 3/9/2015 in Local Columns

For the second time in a week the ground was covered with snow and ice. The first storm left mounds of snow covering outbuildings, vehicles and piling right up to the lake water's edge. The pristine snow made the white ducks look dingy.


Voice of the people: Buddy Nabors

Every year when I go to the courthouse to purchase my car tag, I get upset. Why? I am a veteran of the Vietnam era, and I pay the extra $30 to proudly display my veteran tag. Why should I have to pay an extra $30? Haven't I and my brothers and sisters who have served already paid that price!



Charlie Mitchell: Civil Rights Movement changed only the legal landscape

Posted 3/9/2015 in National Columns


Ask Rufus: Unsung heroes

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.


Voice of the people: America should not send ground troops to Iraq again

Americans are again hearing debate on TV and in the print media -- including Time magazine -- about whether the U.S. should send ground troops to Iraq to fight ISIS. I do not think America should go in again.


Birney Imes: Ed Phillips, requiescat in pace

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

Ed Phillips looked like a man you might have seen sauntering down the gangplank of a Mississippi riverboat at the foot of Canal Street sometime in the mid-1800s. Barrel chested, uncommonly handsome and with a voice that rumbled like distant thunder, Ed would have been a more-than-adequate stand-in for Clark Gable in that actor's most memorable role. Ed died Saturday a week ago. He was 80.

A letter home: A Christian response to the Paris terrorist attacks

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

When the two terrorist killings happened in France, we were all glued to our TVs. First was the attack Wednesday morning Jan. 7 at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine where eight journalists, two policemen and two other people were shot and killed. The next morning a policewoman was killed by a second terrorist south of Paris.


Our View: Does Selma still matter? Non-voters say no

Posted 3/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery march, and thousands of people are expected to descend on the small town located on the banks of the Alabama River to mark one of the most powerful moments of the Civil Rights movement.



Patrick Buchanan: Darren Wilson: Free at last!

Posted 3/6/2015 in National Columns

Eric Holder's Justice Department has completed its investigation into whether Ferguson cop Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in cold blood for racist reasons when he shot the black teenager last August.



Leonard Pitts: Injustice is resilient, but so are defenders of freedom

Posted 3/6/2015 in National Columns

First, they sang "God Will Take Care of You."



Our View: Time to set the Legislature straight on open meetings

Posted 3/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Here is the logic of the Mississippi legislature: Tuesday, the House Public Health Committee admitted that county-owned hospitals should be held to the same open meeting laws that govern other taxpayer-funded entities. "This is wrong!" the committee said.



Voice of the people: Lori LeVar Pierce



Voice of the people: Elaine Hegwood



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