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Our View: A rocky first date

Posted 3/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Birney Imes: More than a game

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

In the Sandfield Community, not far from the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue South, there is an abandoned slab of concrete about 30 feet square. On the east and west edges of the square are light poles with "Keep Out" signs on them. At one time, the place served as a basketball court for neighborhood kids.

Kathleen Parker: Tom Cotton's grandstand play

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: No tail-dragging allowed

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

In a Natchez, Mississippi, gift shop I saw a sign with a dog swilling a pint. It said: "In dog beers, I've only had one." Some days I feel that in newspaper years, I'm 434 years old.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Like and dislike in these polarizing times

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

This is for Gigi, who can't figure out why I don't like Bill Maher.

 

 

Restaurants build community

Posted 3/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville Restaurant Week begins today, with 31 participants. This year marks the third year of the event, which has been expanded to 10 days, covering two weekends.

 

Lynn Spruill: Packing heat at Walmart

Posted 3/13/2015 in Local Columns

There seems to be a growing trend in some parts of the country for some people to visit retail stores openly wearing guns. It recently happened at a Kroger in Virginia where the store manager asked them to leave the property.

 

Michael Gerson: Viewing Ferguson from Selma

Posted 3/13/2015 in National Columns

The juxtaposition of the Justice Department's damning Ferguson report and President Obama's fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly have found it providential, so I'll go with that.

 

 

Voice of the people: Brenda Caradine

I was part of the fortunate audience this past week who saw the Columbus Arts Council Community Theatre production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," part of the Big Read event for the past several months sponsored by the CAC and the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

What part of the Constitution are the power brokers of both parties using to governing the country? From the lobbyists to the political power brokers, "we the people" have lost our voice. The president has his phone and his "Bic" pen to issue executive orders.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Hillary and her server

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Cohabiting ... with children

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.

 

 

Our View: When athletes get in trouble

Posted 3/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

After initial reports that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott had been injured in a confrontation while attending a concert in Panama City Beach, Florida on Monday, a lot of people waited for the other shoe to drop.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Words that kill

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

"At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Fox 'News' proof of old P.T. Barnum adage

Posted 3/11/2015 in National Columns

Every once in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look smarter than you are. Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.

 

 

Voice of the people: Dr. James Hunt

 

Slimantics: Legislature should reject special needs education bills

Posted 3/10/2015 in Local Columns

Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.

 

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