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Our view: Education Works ... but not at this level of funding

Posted 7/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It is hardly "breaking news," but the state of Mississippi has never put much stock in education. Yes, the state continues to be the one place where you are like to hear the admonition, "Jest cause you got ye one of them fancy high school de-plomer don't mean your better'n us!"

 

 

Voice of the people: Bonnie Carew, Ph.D.

 

 

Our view: A tale of two cities: The worst of times in Columbus, Starkville

Posted 7/24/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday was a bad, bad day for the citizens of Columbus and Starkville. The difference is, only the people of Starkville seemed to care.

 

 

Voice of the people: Carole McReynolds Davis

 

 

Our view: Citizens arise! Your presence needed tonight

Posted 7/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In our system of government, we sometimes are urged to remember that each citizen has a civic responsibility. We are also reminded that people generally get the kind of government they deserve. Most often, these reminders are confined to the election season as we choose our leaders on the national, state and local level.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Straying politicians' five shades of gray

Posted 7/23/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: How much is news worth?

Posted 7/23/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Fields of sunbeams

Posted 7/22/2013 in Local Columns

Occasionally an easy breeze blows through the tree canopy, and it feels cool. Other times, the wind is as still as death, the air so thick it's like pushing against a wall.

 

Susan Estrich: The role of the sole military adviser to the President

Posted 7/20/2013 in National Columns

It's not often that a testy exchange at a hearing, followed by a senator's statement that he would put a hold on the nomination until he got an adequate answer to his question, opens a window to a fundamental issue in our democracy. And a timely one.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Fire and rain

Posted 7/20/2013 in National Columns

"Welcome to the other Great Smoky Mountains," a friend in town said to me. She was right.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Out of the mouths of children, wisdom

Posted 7/20/2013 in National Columns

Sometimes, the directness of children is unsettling.

 

 

Darlene Cox: Fade out hoodie

We all bleed blood when we go to the doctor.

 

 

Bill Poe: A pothole created by the aldermen

Marshall Ramsey, Mississippi's award wining cartoonist, published a cartoon in the July 12 edition of The Clarion Ledger that adequately describes a similar situation in Starkville.

 

Birney Imes: A ride to the train station with Tony

Posted 7/20/2013 in Local Columns

Tony had said he would give me a ride to the train station.

Ask Rufus: Summer vacations of the past

Posted 7/20/2013 in Local Columns

July always brings, hot humid weather and thoughts of vacations. Though destinations and entertainment have to a large extent changed, summer vacations have long been with us. While people still often go to the Biloxi and the Gulf, who now goes to or has even heard of Way, Mississippi?

Slimantics: Gopher Frogs: They've lost that lovin' feelin'

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

As part of its mission as a research university, the folks at Mississippi State are always up to something interesting. Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a press release that provides details of research projects the university is working on. Some are more interesting than others, obviously.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper: Taxpayers take all the risk, no upside

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

With the latest rate increase caused by the runaway Kemper power plant, Mississippi Power residential customers will be paying 66 percent more for their electricity than Entergy customers in Mississippi.

 

 

Legalization of same sex marriage only a matter of time

Posted 7/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning in Tupelo a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license at the Lee County Courthouse as part of a campaign for marriage equality that is currently being staged in several southern states.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Spirit of openness fades when salesmen visit officials

Posted 7/18/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

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