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Our View: Trayvon Martin and John Sanderson

Posted 3/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was inevitable comparisons would be made. After Saturday's shooting of Mississippi State student John Sanderson, reportedly by one of three black males, local and national commentators immediately began drawing comparisons with the February shooting in Florida of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch captain.

 

Ask Rufus: The W, 165 years of quality women's education

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

MUW opened as the Industrial Institute and College in 1885. However, it was not a totally new school as it evolved out of the 1847 Columbus Female Institute which closed in 1884 so that it could be transferred to the state and reopen as a state "girls college" the next year. That would make The W a year older than Ole Miss.

Birney Imes: The Chickenman and his dogs

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

George Coleman Jr. grew up hunting quail. His father, George Sr., worked for Johnson Tombigbee Furniture, and at times Junior would hunt with the sons of his father's boss, Reau and Scott Berry.

 

Our view: Harsh punishment?

Posted 3/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

While we don't condone Pratt's action -- it was illegal, after all -- we agree with the majority of the council, that firing is too harsh a punishment.

 

 

Our view: The first day of spring

Posted 3/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On the first day of spring we watched a man in blue suspenders standing in a bed of pink azaleas roll brown paint on The Old Homestead, the house Rufus and Karen Ward are restoring next to the Episcopal Church.

 

 

John D. Acker: Appreciates positive Dispatch

A rose and a "thank you" to The Commercial Dispatch for a wonderful change (from my perspective).

 

 

Scott Colom: Spears will be a good addition to school board

Posted 3/21/2012 in Local Columns

Jason Spears has had an eventful two days. Monday, he and his wife, Paige Spears, had their first child, a boy named Barrett, and Tuesday the city council appointed him to the Municipal School Board.

 

 

Our View: Teen's death offers painful lesson

Posted 3/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In this time of neighborhood watches and heightened sensitivity about domestic crime, the Feb. 26 killing of a teenager in Florida offers a cautionary tale for us in the Golden Triangle.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Serendipity or supernatural?

Posted 3/20/2012 in Local Columns

"There oughta be an easier way," I hollered down at him. He looked up and smiled, "It's OK, I could use the exercise."

Adele Elliott: Fall from grace

Posted 3/17/2012 in Local Columns

The news is seldom good. In Afghanistan, an American soldier slaughtered 16 civilians for no discernible reason. That carnage included nine children. In Ohio, a 17-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage, in which he killed three of his fellow students and injured others. The victims were chosen at random. His motive remains unclear.

 

Our View: Sears closing

Posted 3/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It will be sad to see this American icon disappear from the local landscape.

 

 

Our View: Push for appointed superintendents good for schools

Posted 3/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Three bills working their way through the Mississippi Senate offer encouraging news for Mississippi schools and school children.

 

Scott Colom: Experiencing MSMS

Posted 3/15/2012 in Local Columns

I grew up hearing about the MS School for Mathematics and Science but I never really got the chance to experience it.

 

Our View: Make a clean sweep

Posted 3/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Sadly, Mark Twain's famous quote about the weather -- "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it" -- too often applies to local litter control and beautification efforts.

 

Shannon Bardwell: By the light of the moon

Posted 3/13/2012 in Local Columns

The moon was full and barely tipped the canopy of the trees, its parchment-colored sphere overlaid by bare twigs. As we moved across the Prairie I strained to look back. There could be no prettier sight if I had paid millions to hike majestic mountains or cruise the South Seas, and all of this beauty right here, right where I live in the Prairie. It's true; happiness is found in your own backyard and the grass is not greener anywhere else.

Ask Rufus: The Tragic Story of the Eliza Battle

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Columns

When warm wet weather in early March is suddenly followed by storms and rapidly dropping temperatures, I can not help but think of the ill-fated Eliza Battle.

Roses and Thorns 3-11-12

Posted 3/10/2012 in Roses & Thorns

Roses and Thorns for 3-11-12

 

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