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Ask Rufus: De Soto's cross

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

I have written several times about the expedition of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's travels through our area 475 years ago and his encounters with the Chickasaws and other Indian nations.

 

Voice of the people: Venice Bishop

Disappointed with supervisors

 

Slimantics: How to ruin a state without really trying

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

Each January, the Mississippi Legislature convenes in Jackson and collectively loses its mind for a few months. The session ends in April - and not a nanosecond too soon - giving Mississippians a couple of months to contemplate the impending carnage that will ensue on July 1, when the new laws go into effect.

 

Leonard Pitts: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

Posted 4/23/2016 in National Columns

Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

 

Kathleen Parker: Dear Bernie Sanders: Black votes matter

Posted 4/23/2016 in National Columns

African Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny. After all they've endured through slavery, Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, their voices are still treated dismissively by tone-deaf politicians who would ask for their votes.

Roses and thorns 4/24/16

Posted 4/23/2016 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to business owners and their patrons, especially in Columbus.

 

Voice of the people: Elizabeth Simpson

HB 1523 not compatible with American or Christian values

 

Partial to Home: Persimmons

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

About four years ago a friend visiting from the North rode with me to a rural church outside of Caledonia to photograph the tombstone for a woman's leg. The woman had the leg removed for medical reasons, and, perhaps thinking it would be useful later, had it buried next to the spot her remains would eventually (and now) inhabit. Her husband's grave neighbored her on the other side.

 

Our View: Record sales tax numbers offer cause for optimism

Posted 4/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When measuring the economic health of any city, several factors are considered -- including housing, unemployment, tax revenue.

 

Lynn Spruill: Police station finale?

Posted 4/22/2016 in Local Columns

It's official. We are not going to get any help from the Legislature on the renovation of the Starkville police department building.

Patrick Buchanan: Dishonoring General Jackson

Posted 4/22/2016 in National Columns

In Samuel Eliot Morison's "The Oxford History of the American People," there is a single sentence about Harriet Tubman.

Slimantics: A bewildering legislative session comes to an end ... mercifully

Posted 4/21/2016 in Local Columns

The 2016 Mississippi legislative session ended this morning.

 

Kathleen Parker: Flush North Carolina's discriminatory bathroom law down the toilet

Posted 4/21/2016 in National Columns

As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet. And how.

 

Slimantics: Emmerich a relentless critic of state's economic development strategy

Posted 4/20/2016 in Local Columns

Although he is careful not to call himself a Republican -- as a journalist, he maintains that party associations are the enemy of objectivity -- there is little doubt that Wyatt Emmerich is a fiscal conservative through and through.

 

Patrick Buchanan: Is the GOP risking suicide?

Posted 4/20/2016 in National Columns

Donald Trump has brought out the largest crowds in the history of primaries. He has won the most victories, the most delegates, the most votes.

 

 

Our View: School board choice is of critical importance

Posted 4/19/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Perhaps as early as tonight, the Columbus City Council will select a new member of the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Epps case remains in 'Let's Make A Deal' phase

Posted 4/19/2016 in Local Columns

In May 2010, Chris Epps was at the pinnacle.

 

 

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