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Shannon Bardwell: It was a good trip

Posted 10/17/2015 in Local Columns

Last week we left for our annual camping trip to north Alabama. I admit I was torn between camping and staying with the new kittens but my responsible 16-year-old neighbor girl readily agreed to keep the kittens and besides I knew Sam needed a vacation from SEC television and retirement activities.

 

Voice of the people: Allgood responds to Edmond's letter

 

 

Voice of the people: Parental responsibility the key ingredient in a child's education

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Crusin' down memory lane

Posted 10/17/2015 in National Columns

BAY ST. LOUIS -- There must be something satisfying about the care and feeding of a car. I don't know a Maverick from a manifold, but I can tell when people are happy. Car people are happy people.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'If I only had a gun ... '

Posted 10/17/2015 in National Columns

Of course. It makes perfect sense. Why couldn't I see it before? There could never have been a Holocaust had the Jews been armed. Granted, the Nazis swept aside the armies of Poland and France like dandruff, and it took six years for Great Britain -- later joined by Russia and the United States -- to grind them down. But surely Jewish civilians with revolvers and hunting rifles would have made all the difference.

 

Patrick Buchanan: To end wars -- Trump vs. Sanders

Posted 10/17/2015 in National Columns

Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted failure. The 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will remain another year. And, on Inauguration Day 2017, 5,500 U.S. troops will still be there.

 

Voice of the people: Tyler Edmonds

 

 

Our View: Events welcome return of fall

Posted 10/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer, which always seems to overstay its welcome in this part of the world, finally packed its bags and went away Thursday, giving us one last day of 90-degree weather as festive fall arrived.

 

 

Voice of the people: Billy Hairston

 

Lynn Spruill: Razor-wire cuts downtown options

Posted 10/16/2015 in Local Columns

We are seeing so much energy and activity in downtown Starkville these days.

 

Local voices: Another view on Initiative 42

Posted 10/15/2015 in Local Columns

I have just finished reading the article in Tuesday's Dispatch concerning Initiative 42 (Slimantics: Just in time for Halloween: The scary story of the "single liberal judge").

 

 

Our View: United Way makes our charities stronger, better

Posted 10/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

More than 20 years ago, German chemical company BASF created a slogan that still ranks among the most effective in advertising history: "At BASF, we don't make a lot of the products you buy; We make a lot of the products you buy better."

 

 

Froma Harrop: Democrats have become the party of 'normal'

Posted 10/15/2015 in National Columns

Who "won" the Democratic debate? The Democratic Party won.

 

 

Our View: Velek's departure leaves questions about the direction of competitive soccer in Columbus

Posted 10/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When Tom Velek announced he was stepping down as director of coaching for soccer in Columbus and as director of competitive soccer for Columbus United, the competitive soccer club of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, last week, there was no disputing that he leaves a void that will be a challenge to fill.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The Sanders-Trump magical mystery tour

Posted 10/14/2015 in National Columns

Barrels of ink and galaxies of pixels have been sacrificed to solving the mystery of the spectacular rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

 

 

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