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Jay Lacklen: Scars of Vietnam slow to heal

Posted 5/29/2012 in Local Columns

I've never been to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. I've gotten near it several times on the Mall but have never had the strength to venture in. There are emotions I've locked securely inside me that I fear will erupt if I actually enter. I may eventually go, but alone, so no one I know will see me fall apart, Starship Trooper on his knees sobbing into his hands. So many names, so many dead, and for what?

 

Our view: Festival funding morass

Posted 5/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The CVB currently has a good set of grant application guidelines -- requiring the submission of line-item budgets, as well as the anticipated impact of the festival presented -- but they need to be adhered to.

 

 

Voice of the people: Eddie Cox

Respect for others

 

 

Voice of the people: Jack H. White

Be a friend

 

 

Our view: The nation's best high schools

Posted 5/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This week Newsweek magazine released its list of America's Best High Schools for 2012 and one of ours made the grade.

 

 

Our view: Celebrating our differences

Posted 5/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Each spring at Pentecost, Annunciation Catholic Church holds an international food festival.

 

Possumhaw: Birds and their feathers

Posted 5/21/2012 in Local Columns

There's no mistaking the indigo bunting, his sleek small body and that screaming teal color.

In love with daylilies

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

Growing up on a cotton farm in Lamar County, Ala., Juanice Hayes made a promise to herself -- she would not make her living hoeing in the dirt. She had plenty of that as a child, thank you. And while that has been the case, technically speaking -- Hayes taught fifth grade at New Hope for 34 years -- she has broken that promise. In a big way.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi's Lone Star Flag

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

The "Bonnie Blue Flag" which was once called the "Lone Star Flag" has been a symbol of Southern independence for more than two hundred years. The flag was first raised, to resounding cheers, on Sept. 23, in Baton Rouge, La. It had been designed by Melissa Johnson, who was the wife of dragoon Major Isaac Johnson. It was quickly accepted by the rebels as their symbol of independence.

 

Our view: Homegrown

Posted 5/18/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This Saturday, a home-cooked meal in Starkville could cost you $125. You can be sure it won't be your standard meat-and-three. Chef Ty Thames of Restaurant Tyler is preparing a seven-course feast made with locally sourced ingredients as a fund-raiser for Gaining Ground, a organization dedicated to the promotion of a sustainable lifestyle.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Saggy pants are a fad, a fashion craze. I think it's crazy, but it's an in-your-face expression of rebellion. I find it disgusting and highly offensive. I would like to carry a can of lighter fluid around to squirt on the seats of nasty underwear exposed to view, but unfortunately my right to be offended stops at everybody else's nose.

 

 

Our view: Pre-K, an encouraging first step

Posted 5/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There's little doubt pre-kindergarten classes have significant benefits to students, school districts and communities.

 

My take: From the Delta to D.C.

Posted 5/16/2012 in Local Columns

Kenyon King's life defies expectations. The day his mother, Tangenika King, dropped out of high school to get a diploma in motherhood, she had likely never heard of American University.

 

Our view: Bigger fish to fry

Posted 5/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Let's forget, for a moment, the challenges associated with enforcing a "saggy pants" ordinance. (Who wants to be the officer responsible for measuring -- and documenting -- how far a man's pants hang below his waist?)

 

Possumhaw: The grab bag family

Posted 5/15/2012 in Local Columns

You don't get to choose your children. You can choose to have them or adopt them, but you don't get to choose who they are.

Out of the Blue: A son's salute

Posted 5/15/2012 in Local Columns

During the summer of 1978 I got a chance to salute my mother with a fly-by, of sorts, near her childhood home of Somerset, KY.

Birney Imes: The trumpets of angels

Posted 5/12/2012 in Local Columns

A.J. Steverson wants to set the record straight. It's the Hitch Lot, not the Hitching Lot, as it is often called. A.J. should know. He grew up in a white clapboard house near the southwest corner of the Hitching ... I mean Hitch Lot. He can remember when farmers hitched their horse-drawn wagons there and walked up the hill into town.

 

Our view: Ban texting while driving

Posted 5/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

A car moving 60 mph will go more than the length of a football field in the five seconds a driver looks down to send a text or dial a phone number. That driver is more than 20 times likely to have an accident than a non-texting driver.

 

 

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