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Lynn Spruill: Has it been another 10 years already?

Posted 12/13/2013 in Local Columns

In 1994 Starkville put before the voters the proposition that there be an additional 2-percent tax attached to the food and beverage sales for those enjoying the restaurants within the city limits. This measure succeeded and since then the city and several other government related entities have been on the receiving end of a lot of additional funding.



Our view: A visit from a statesman

Posted 12/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When he was just a small boy, William F. Winter would accompany his father, a representative from Grenada County, to sessions of the Legislature. That experience led him to a lifetime of public service, including more than 40 years serving the state of Mississippi in offices ranging from state representative to treasurer, tax collector, lieutenant governor and, finally, to the governor's office, where in 1980, he became the state's 57th chief executive.



Kathleen Parker: Teaching Republicans how to talk to women

Posted 12/12/2013 in National Columns

Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.



Froma Harrop: A President Christie would spell tea party's doom

Posted 12/11/2013 in National Columns

Mainstream Republicans are doing backflips over Chris Christie's frolic to re-election as governor of New Jersey. Here is a Republican who took on public employee unions, spoke out against abortion and gay marriage, and still scored a landslide win in a blue state. And he won Latinos' and women's votes, too.


Slimantics: Nunnelee's zero is a number that shouldn't be ignored

Posted 12/11/2013 in Local Columns

Officially, Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi's first Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Halfway through is second term in Congress, I am beginning to wonder who he really represents, though.


Voice of the people: Linda Harris

The LCSD (Lowndes County School District) held its board meeting at West Lowndes Elementary on Dec. 9, 2013m at 5:30 pm. There are many changes proposed regarding the Lowndes County Schools. One that concerns me the most are the changes that will occur at the West Lowndes Schools. Our children at West Lowndes Middle School will be moved to the High School.



Charlie Mitchell: Predators rely on generosity of Mississippians

Posted 12/10/2013 in Local Columns

Members of America's military services are being shown spontaneous respect these days. It hasn't always been that way.



Froma Harrop: Will Americans pay for American-made?

Posted 12/10/2013 in National Columns

Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans' shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there's one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.


Possumhaw: All gone but the memories

Posted 12/9/2013 in Local Columns

"It wasn't always an island," Sam explained. "The channel redirected the Tombigbee River cutting off Highway 82 and creating the island." On a cold Sunday afternoon drive Sam shared 50-year-old memories.

Marty Wiseman: Nearing the jumping off point

Posted 12/9/2013 in Local Columns

Nearly 40 years ago I realized a dream. I went to work for the government. In this day and time it is a favorite parlor game to "dog cuss" anything having to do with the public sector and the bureaucrats who ply their trade, but that was not always so.

Birney Imes: Mary Williams at your service

Posted 12/7/2013 in Local Columns

We operate in a retail world dominated by chain stores. Too often these stores are staffed with lackadaisical clerks with little knowledge of the goods and services they are selling. In fact, so seldom do we encounter competence and enthusiasm in this arena, it is like a blast of cool, fresh air when we do. Here is one such story.

Ask Rufus: With December rains came steamboats

Posted 12/7/2013 in Local Columns

Late November and early December was once the time when Columbus, Aberdeen and other towns along the upper Tombigbee River would get to celebrate the arrival of the first steamboat of the season.

Kathleen Parker: The conscience of a pope

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil. Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie.


Our view: Christmas all around us

Posted 12/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This time of year, we often hear two common complaints: "Christmas is too commercial" and "I just can't get into the Christmas spirit." In some cases, we suspect the latter is caused by the former, although there are some competitive shoppers for whom the hustle and bustle of the malls and stores is a highlight of the season.



Rheta Johnson: A world apart

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- Lightning or some other benevolent act of fate struck the magic modem that brings this technology-heavy century into our otherwise peaceful home.



Froma Harrop: Consumer finance needs better morals

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

Drawing moral lines in our rough-and-tumble capitalist system can be hard. But it should not tax too many ethical muscles to set aside some protections for trusting, unsophisticated borrowers of modest means. That is, unless you're a politician working on behalf of predatory lenders.


Slimantics: Mandela the prisoner

Posted 12/6/2013 in Local Columns

Today, free people and people throughout the world pay homage the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela, whose courage, foresight and spirit transformed a nation.


Lynn Spruill: Old Highway 82

Posted 12/6/2013 in Local Columns

If you haven't driven down what is officially State Highway 182 or Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Starkville recently you will be amazed at the difference a lot of grant money and sound vision and yes, sidewalks have made along that corridor.



Leonard Pitts: Pope vs. Rush

Posted 12/5/2013 in National Columns

I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly.



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