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Our View: Building boom lifts profile of 'Starkvegas'

Posted 12/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkvegas. For years, the word was used derisively to describe the city of Starkville, whose blandness stood in -- pardon the pun -- "stark" contrast to the university that sustained much of the city's economy.

 

Lynn Spruill: A safe place

Posted 12/18/2015 in Local Columns

Veering off my usual morning route, instead of Sonic first, for some reason I can't recall, I rounded the corner from South Montgomery to Academy Road here in Starkville and noticed a sign in front of the fire station there. It read "Safe Place."

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Greg Iles on the state flag

Posted 12/18/2015 in Local Columns

At a friend's recommendation, I went to hear Natchez native and best-selling author Greg Iles speak at the seventh annual Statehood Day program at the Old Capitol.

 

 

Our View: Looking beyond schools' poor test results

Posted 12/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The report card for Mississippi's K-12 education came back today.

 

 

Froma Harrop: On terrorism, Cruz has no idea

Posted 12/17/2015 in National Columns

Terrorism is not going away. We saw that in the closing of the Los Angeles schools after what was deemed a "credible" threat.

 

 

Voice of the people: Marion Whitley

 

 

Voice of the people: Reid Bell

 

Slimantics: Fear and hatred are the first steps to injustice

Posted 12/16/2015 in Local Columns

Fear and hatred, on a large scale, requires some hard work.

 

Voice of the people: Bob Altman

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Donald Trump to the rescue

Posted 12/16/2015 in National Columns

Gee, wonder what Hillary Clinton has been up to?

 

 

Humane Society needs a dose of Christmas charity

Posted 12/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the best aspects of the Christmas season is the spirit of generosity it inspires.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Being America is hard, and not getting any easier

Posted 12/15/2015 in Local Columns

Hillary Clinton doesn't have to wait for Christmas to get her gift. Donald Trump has been her Santa. He's outrageous, so he commands all the ink and air time -- so all her skeletons sit safely in the cupboard.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Climate change issue needs a Churchill

Posted 12/15/2015 in National Columns

"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Those were Winston Churchill's words of battle-weary comfort when World War II started decisively shifting in the Allies' favor.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Gathering of the greens

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

Michele, a single parent of two, dragged her artificial tree down from the attic. One of the daughters has a new puppy. Of the puppy, Michele said, "I hate that dog."

Lynn Spruill: 'Sunday Morning'

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

There is something special about the TV news magazine "CBS Sunday Morning." I have watched it since Charles Kuralt was the anchor. In fact, I still expect to hear his voice when the baroque styled trumpet theme of Abblasen plays the opening notes. Nothing against the current Charles, but he just isn't Kuralt.

 

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