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Jamie Stiehm: New book offers fresh perspectives on Lincolns, Abe and Mary Todd

Posted 4/16/2016 in National Columns

It's high Lincoln season, bittersweet as it can be in remembrance of the slain Civil War president. Into the spring mix, noted author and journalist Sidney Blumenthal brings a breathtaking new view of Abraham Lincoln in his forthcoming book, "A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln." (Yes, that Sidney Blumenthal of email fame and furor, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton and earlier, to President Bill Clinton.)

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'voice of the people' fallacy

Posted 4/16/2016 in National Columns

We hear many fallacies in election years. The fallacy that seems to be most popular this year is that, if Donald Trump comes close to getting the 1,237 delegates required to become the Republican nominee, and that nomination goes instead to someone else, then the convention will have ignored "the voice of the people."

 

 

Our View: Teachers: the ultimate multi-taskers

Posted 4/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Wednesday, the Starkville School District invited a group of community leaders to become "Educators for the Day" on its campuses.

 

Lynn Spruill: Our library, a community cornerstone

Posted 4/15/2016 in Local Columns

There must be a national recognition week or month for every group known to civilized man. This week is no different for it is National Library Week.

 

Leonard Pitts: War's moral dilemmas

Posted 4/15/2016 in National Columns

It was 15 minutes after midnight when the bombs began to fall.

 

Slimantics: Good intentions, empty words

Posted 4/14/2016 in Local Columns

At noon Wednesday, a half hour into a student sit-in on the front steps of Lee Hall, a small group of reporters were led through a side entrance and up to the fourth floor of the beautifully-renovated old building where the office of Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum is located.

 

Voice of the people: Roger Wade

 

 

Our View: Philip Hickman's troubled tenure

Posted 4/13/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the spring of 2014, when the Columbus Municipal School District began its search for its fourth superintendent in as many years, we urged the school board to bring in a leader whose credibility, integrity, transparency and sound judgment would mark a turning point for a troubled school system.

 

 

Local voices: Libraries, now more than ever

Posted 4/13/2016 in Local Columns

I have an ongoing argument with a family member who claims that since the invention of the Internet, libraries have become obsolete.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ray Crane

 

 

Voice of the people: Lane Hardy Pierrot

 

Slimantics: Starkville Snake raise questions about pets

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

We do not know its name or even its gender, yet for the past two weeks the biggest celebrity in these parts has been a red-tailed boa constrictor that somehow escaped from its Starkville home on March 18.

 

Michael F. Smith: Mississippi: Another crooked letter for us all

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

This is what I'd like to know. I'd like to know how many times Gov. Phil Bryant, or any of his blind legislative followers, have been blocked from praying to their God, or attending the church of their choice, or reading their Bible, or going on a mission trip, by a person of another race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

 

 

Voice of the people: Terri Green

 

Possumhaw: Bioluminescence

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

Our prairie grass grew tall, until Sam retrieved his 1994 Dixon lawnmower from the shed. All across the Prairie lawnmowers and tractors with bush hogs came to life.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippians will suffer from legislative hissy fit

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

How much courage does it take to do nothing? Seriously.

 

 

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