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Our View: Making high school more relevant

Posted 2/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Philip Hickman laid out a new program he hopes will inspire students to stay in school and prompt them to make the connection between school and careers.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Brian Williams' lies are not equal to those of Fox 'News'

Posted 2/11/2015 in National Columns

There's this speech I give my students.

 

Slimantics: All quiet on the Western (Ala.) front

Posted 2/10/2015 in Local Columns

Monday was an historic day in many parts of Alabama, but a day of disappointment in others.

 

Michael Gerson: Condemning Islam is the wrong course

Posted 2/10/2015 in National Columns

Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be "twisted and misused in the name of evil."

 

Possumhaw: The eye of the red-tailed hawk

Posted 2/9/2015 in Local Columns

It was an early, frosty morning and a lone deer fed in the field. You have to wonder why it nibbled at the cold, dead grass. Soon, another joined it and then another. In the distance they looked like shadows on the pale, icy ground.

 

Bill Crawford: Mississippi's sports heritage second to none

Posted 2/9/2015 in National Columns

"Stories worth remembering and savoring ... again and again," said Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America. Indeed.

 

Birney Imes: Quest for part leads to uncommon kindness

Posted 2/7/2015 in Local Columns

Some months ago the hot water control in our shower cracked and started spraying hot water into the tub and onto the legs of unsuspecting bathers. Really hot water. We've adapted by draping a washcloth over it to deflect the hot water, but every now and then it slips down and you get a sudden jolt.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: How 'bout those Catamounts

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Warning: The following column contains sexist comments that might be offensive to just about everyone. I heard about the cleverest gift ever, and -- imagine this -- it was given from a man to his wife. He presented her with T-shirts for every University of Alabama football opponent for the entire past season, before the season, so she could wear their colors and root for the Tide's opponents.

 

Leonard Pitts: The Secret Knowledge, just ignorance by another name

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

I call it the Secret Knowledge. Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you'll never see in your "newspapers" or "network news" or any other place overly concerned with verifiable "facts" and reliable "sources." It will not come to you through a university "study," peer-reviewed "article," renowned "expert," government "agency" or any other such traditional bastion of authority.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Better Schools' coalition shows no sign of retreat

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

OXFORD -- It's not clear what members of the Mississippi Legislature thought would happen after they voted to foil a citizen initiative to improve public school funding. It is clear that the Better Schools Better Jobs organization has decided not to wrinkle its collective brow, tear up and run away.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Google Glass Joins the failure hall of fame

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

 

 

Our View: History we can see and touch

Posted 2/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, Brother Rogers, assistant director at the Stennis Center for Public Policy in Starkville, was the guest speaker at the Exchange Club of Columbus.

 

Lynn Spruill: A tax we need to keep in place

Posted 2/6/2015 in Local Columns

Starkville is about to transition to an advisory park commission.

 

Dana Milbank: Ashton Carter likely to break hawks' hearts

Posted 2/6/2015 in National Columns

The hawks were swooning.

 

Slimantics: Between a rock and a masterpiece

Posted 2/5/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past four days, there are a few news items football fans were certain to note.

 

Froma Harrop: A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

Posted 2/5/2015 in National Columns

She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer.

 

Slimantics: Harper Lee's newest (oldest) book piques interest of readers, authors alike

Posted 2/4/2015 in Local Columns

Years ago, when my children were young and devoted Harry Potter fans, the prospects of another Harry Potter book produced an almost palpable sense of anticipation.

 

Voice of the people: R.G. Foerster

 

 

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