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Possumhaw: Wasp populations peak

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

When Sandra Bullock, in the 1995 movie "The Net," played a computer nerd whose identity was stolen and replaced by a criminal's identity, I developed a fear of losing my fingerprints. I considered taking my own fingerprints and putting them in a lockbox.

Lynn Spruill: Celebrity(?) waiter

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

My mother wasn't known for her cooking skills. She made a pretty good casserole or two and had a baked bean recipe that I remember fondly, but at home I lived off of cheese toast and pop tarts starting at an early age.


Other Editors: Southern Company continues scare tactics

Posted 7/27/2015 in National Columns

It is truly mind boggling what fools the Southern Co. execs in Atlanta think Mississippians are. As the power company's ill-conceived Kemper science project goes down the tube, it is resorting to the grossest of scare tactics.


Ask Rufus: Politics

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

It's election time and once again sparks are flying.


Ginger Hervey: Learning to understand in Mississippi

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

I had a conversation with my professor and mentor, Berkley Hudson, before I came to Mississippi. Berkley is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, but he grew up in Columbus and has spent a good part of his academic career on a project centered around this town.


Partial to Home: Dollar Bill and Silly Rabbit

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

Chances are few motorists breezing along Starkville's Highway 12 notice the Stop & Go Car Wash.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

While I deplore -- no, I detest -- the decision by the mayor and city council of Columbus to not fly the state flag on municipal buildings, I believe it is within their rights to do so. To me it is a knee-jerk, spineless, politically-correct response to a manufactured problem, unworthy of the time and effort currently being spent on it.



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

Take the Mississippi flag down. Prejudices are gone with the removal of a flag. Really? Prejudice is a heart thing not a flag issue.



Voice of the people: Raymond Gross

The right way to determine if a change needs to be made in our state flag is to put it to a vote state-wide -- to change or not to change, as we did some time ago.



Susan Estrich: The 'no shame' debate

Posted 7/25/2015 in National Columns

No one has a later term abortion because she's changed her mind about having a baby. Doctors in almost all states won't perform them for that reason; and, by the way, what kind of beasts do you think women are? Late-term abortions are tragedies, often a last resort because much-wanted babies, or their mothers, develop conditions not consistent with life.



Patrick Buchanan: 'A New Dark Age'

Posted 7/24/2015 in National Columns

"If God does not exist, then everything is permissible."



Froma Harrop: Sensitivity over at Gawker

Posted 7/24/2015 in National Columns

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get -- certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker. But that was Phase One.



Our View: Out of the shadows, a question emerges

Posted 7/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Joe Max Higgins isn't the biggest man in Lowndes County, but he does cast the biggest shadow.



Voice of the people: Harold W. Lewis



Kathleen Parker: Why we can't dismiss Donald Trump

Posted 7/23/2015 in National Columns

Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.



Our View: Columbus provides model on how to deal with state flag

Posted 7/22/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The debate over the Mississippi flag will continue for another five months, possibly longer if the Legislature takes the coward's path and defers to the voters to settle the matter at the polls.



Voice of the people: James Goolsby



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