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Ask Rufus: Mississippi's Lone Star Flag

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

The "Bonnie Blue Flag" which was once called the "Lone Star Flag" has been a symbol of Southern independence for more than two hundred years. The flag was first raised, to resounding cheers, on Sept. 23, in Baton Rouge, La. It had been designed by Melissa Johnson, who was the wife of dragoon Major Isaac Johnson. It was quickly accepted by the rebels as their symbol of independence.

 

Our view: Homegrown

Posted 5/18/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This Saturday, a home-cooked meal in Starkville could cost you $125. You can be sure it won't be your standard meat-and-three. Chef Ty Thames of Restaurant Tyler is preparing a seven-course feast made with locally sourced ingredients as a fund-raiser for Gaining Ground, a organization dedicated to the promotion of a sustainable lifestyle.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Saggy pants are a fad, a fashion craze. I think it's crazy, but it's an in-your-face expression of rebellion. I find it disgusting and highly offensive. I would like to carry a can of lighter fluid around to squirt on the seats of nasty underwear exposed to view, but unfortunately my right to be offended stops at everybody else's nose.

 

 

Our view: Pre-K, an encouraging first step

Posted 5/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There's little doubt pre-kindergarten classes have significant benefits to students, school districts and communities.

 

My take: From the Delta to D.C.

Posted 5/16/2012 in Local Columns

Kenyon King's life defies expectations. The day his mother, Tangenika King, dropped out of high school to get a diploma in motherhood, she had likely never heard of American University.

 

Our view: Bigger fish to fry

Posted 5/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Let's forget, for a moment, the challenges associated with enforcing a "saggy pants" ordinance. (Who wants to be the officer responsible for measuring -- and documenting -- how far a man's pants hang below his waist?)

 

Possumhaw: The grab bag family

Posted 5/15/2012 in Local Columns

You don't get to choose your children. You can choose to have them or adopt them, but you don't get to choose who they are.

Out of the Blue: A son's salute

Posted 5/15/2012 in Local Columns

During the summer of 1978 I got a chance to salute my mother with a fly-by, of sorts, near her childhood home of Somerset, KY.

Birney Imes: The trumpets of angels

Posted 5/12/2012 in Local Columns

A.J. Steverson wants to set the record straight. It's the Hitch Lot, not the Hitching Lot, as it is often called. A.J. should know. He grew up in a white clapboard house near the southwest corner of the Hitching ... I mean Hitch Lot. He can remember when farmers hitched their horse-drawn wagons there and walked up the hill into town.

 

Our view: Ban texting while driving

Posted 5/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

A car moving 60 mph will go more than the length of a football field in the five seconds a driver looks down to send a text or dial a phone number. That driver is more than 20 times likely to have an accident than a non-texting driver.

 

 

Voice of the people: Judy Gaither

 

Shannon Bardwell: Fried bream tails

Posted 5/7/2012 in Local Columns

She lifted up the spiny tail and put it in her mouth. She grinned and said it tasted just like she remembered, crispy like a potato chip.

Partial to Home: Highway 61 (Coffeehouse) revisited

Posted 5/5/2012 in Local Columns

Twice a week Harry Walker and John Jones meet here for two hours of chess. Here is the Highway 61 Coffeehouse, a hole-in-the-wall on a sloping street two blocks above the Mississippi River. Both men are retired, Walker from Entergy and Jones as IT specialist for several Fortune 500 companies.

 

Our view: Decisions, decisions ...

Posted 5/4/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett once said, "Indecision may or may not be my biggest problem."

 

 

Our view: Downtown parking

Posted 5/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It is no new observation that the Bible instructs us to love our neighbors and to love our enemies, probably because they end up being the same people.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Why celebrate Confederate Memorial Day, indeed?

 

 

Voice of the people: Anne Carlsson

Many thanks to Officer Bo Pearson for helping me!

 

 

Our view: Confederate Memorial Day?

Posted 5/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Chances are unless you had a driver's license to renew, you had no idea Monday was Confederate Memorial Day.

 

 

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