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Bill Crawford: Mississippi's thin racial veneer

Posted 2/23/2015 in National Columns

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life.



Voice of the people: Letter of appreciation



Voice of the people: Appreciates firefighters and their Brunswick stew


Birney Imes: White-tailed deer 101

Posted 2/21/2015 in Local Columns

About two winters ago while riding alone in the rain in an ATV, I surprised two deer bedded down in a thicket of scrubby trees. Once rousted, the deer sprinted alongside me for four or five seconds before veering off and vanishing into nearby woods. It happened so suddenly and was over so quickly, I was left wondering if it had happened at all.

Leonard Pitts: Jon Stewart is why I'm not crazy

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. That, you will recall, is when the wheels began to come off the Bush administration's argument for invading Iraq, i.e., to find the weapons of mass destruction.


Kathleen Parker: Answering the atrocities of ISIS

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

With each of their actions, the world has provided a predictable reaction. There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.



Froma Harrop: The slave wears Prada: confusion on the red carpet

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.



Our View: Perkins' charge of racism is unsubstantiated, divisive

Posted 2/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Roy A. Perkins is the most experienced member of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, which makes his recent conduct all the more inexcusable.


Lynn Spruill: A humdinger of a meeting

Posted 2/20/2015 in Local Columns

There are board meetings and then there are board meetings.


Michael Gerson: An outsourced government

Posted 2/20/2015 in National Columns

For the six years of the Obama presidency, or perhaps the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan's election, American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government.



Leonard Pitts: Believers of Ernst hoax say a lot about who we are

Posted 2/20/2015 in National Columns

"Unbelievably sad." That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week.


Slimantics: A tale of two immigrant groups

Posted 2/19/2015 in Local Columns

I saw a documentary on immigration two nights ago and I was fascinated by what I learned, although it painted a disturbing picture.


Voice of the people: James L Holzhauer, MD



Our View: Legislative session show marks of election-year politics

Posted 2/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One sure indicator of an election year is to look at the bills that are being considered during the legislative session.



Susan Estrich: Honoring our presidents

Posted 2/18/2015 in National Columns

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."



Our View: Lowndes School board on message for second bond issue vote

Posted 2/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School Board would like you to know that the main reason last summer's school bond issue failed at the polls was because of some truly awful messaging.



Voice of the people: John Ross



Rheta Johnson: Reaching the masses

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The New York Times comes to the mailbox in fits and starts, sometimes three papers a day, often none at all.



Charlie Mitchell: Energy giant gets comeuppance from Supreme Court

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The little guy has won a slobber-knocker in Mississippi.



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