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Bill Crawford: Rubio or Cruz the Next Obama?

Posted 9/14/2013 in National Columns

And the worm turns... Look back at the presidential campaign of 2008. Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden strongly criticized young, first term U.S. Senator Barack Obama for his lack of experience. He won't be ready on "day one," said Clinton. Republican nominee John McCain agreed and used Clinton's and Biden's remarks in television ads. All to no avail, as we know. The inexperienced senator won the Democratic nomination and the presidency.



Leonard Pitts: Remembering a debt we all owe

Posted 9/14/2013 in National Columns

This is for four women who are not here. It is for grandchildren who never existed and retirement celebrations that were never held. It is for Sunday dinners that were never prepared in homes that were never purchased. It is for children who were never born and fathers who never got to walk daughters down the aisle.



Kathleen Parker: Putin has a good time at Obama's expense

Posted 9/14/2013 in National Columns

As I read Vlad's op-ed in the New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: "Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?" The song -- actually written by Stephen Sondheim, although it is Collins's signature hit -- is "Send in the Clowns," and it seems an apt soundtrack for current events.



Our view: Two sets of problems: one good, one bad

Posted 9/13/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Lowndes County is about to have a problem, the sort of problem most other counties and cities would love to have. Over the next five years, the county is going to have more money than it knows what to do with, a happy circumstance created by the boom in industrial development in the county.



Charles Krauthammer: The fruits of epic incompetence

Posted 9/13/2013 in National Columns



Leonard Pitts: A positive aftermath to a criminal act

Posted 9/12/2013 in National Columns



Voice of the People: Delores Belhumeur



Our view: A rich literary heritage continues

Posted 9/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Michael Farris Smith sat at a table in the W Room at the Mississippi University for Women student center Tuesday, busily signing copies of his book, "Rivers," as avid readers, MUW officials and students milled about, some standing in line waiting to have their books signed, others mingling over hors d'oeuvres, punch and wine as singer/guitarist Paul Brady provided a musical backdrop.


Slimantics: Twelve years and a day ago

Posted 9/11/2013 in Local Columns

It's been 12 years now, yet anybody over the age of 20 or so remembers where they were when the first planes hit the World Trade Center. I was living in Arizona then, on my way to work, listening to sports talk radio. I don't recall the topic they were discussing, of course, but do remember one of the radio hosts commenting on something he had just noticed on the TV. "Wow. What is that?" he said. "It looks like a plane flew into a building somewhere."


Susan Estrich: Barack Obama's lucky day

Posted 9/11/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Buying local isn't as easy as it used to be ...

Posted 9/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials



Voice of the People: Berry Hinds



Thomas Sowell: Syria and Obama

Posted 9/10/2013 in National Columns



Voice of the People: Jiben Roy


Possumhaw: The wayward fawn

Posted 9/9/2013 in Local Columns

Susan sat in the chair facing the woods. "Look!" she said, "There's a deer, no bigger than a dog looking in the window."


Charlie Mitchell: 'Common Core,' another name for a tired (and ineffective) solution

Posted 9/9/2013 in Local Columns

Why doesn't little Johnny in Mississippi score as high on achievement tests as his counterparts in other states? Why, it's George Bush's fault.


Ask Rufus: Marion Stark Gaines, an extraordinary photographer

Posted 9/8/2013 in Local Columns

The late 1800s were a time when women were still expected to stay at home and tend to children and household duties. Marion Stark Gaines was not one to limit her lifestyle.

Birney Imes: Reunion under the old bridge

Posted 9/7/2013 in Local Columns

Fifty years ago when they were young and beautiful and gas was 35 cents a gallon, they drove their cars across the river bridge to a battered little drive-in with a gravel parking lot. The place was a staging ground for the rituals of their youth: dating, hanging out, racing their father's car down Old Macon Road.


Voice of the people: Deloris Belhumeur

Victim of uncovered drain on Main Street On a Sunday morning, July 21, I drove to a St. Vincent de Paul meeting at the Annunciation Activities Center, and as I approached my turn at Main Street and Ninth Street South, I noted that a rather large vehicle approaching me was signaling to turn to their left as I was to turn right.



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