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Partial to Home: Now is the time

Posted 6/29/2015 in Local Columns

We should seize the moment. As the only state in the union that incorporates the Confederate battle flag in its state flag, we signal to the rest of the world allegiance to a cause a large portion of our population associates with enslavement and oppression.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Sunday's paper held many well-reasoned letters concerning the "Confederate battle flag."



Charlie Mitchell: South's heritage includes reputation for gentility, too

Posted 6/29/2015 in National Columns

One stereotype we Southerners love to hear praises our collective gentility. We open doors for ladies. We say yes ma'am and no sir.


Ask Rufus: A historic flag for Mississippi

Posted 6/27/2015 in Local Columns

Once again the question of Mississippi's flag has reared an ugly head.


Voice of the people: Bill Ford

Although I find many of your political cartoons, mostly taken from the Atlanta Constitution, objectionable and divisive, I find the one from June 25 to reach a new low.


Our View: Roses and thorns

Posted 6/27/2015 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the anonymous person who treated local law enforcement to a catfish meal Thursday at Graham Camphouse during a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The gesture comes at a time when law enforcement has been portrayed in a negative light around the nation -- deservedly so, in many cases.


Voice of the people: Bonnie Wise

I had ancestors who fought and died in the Civil War. I am proud of the Confederate blood in my veins.



Voice of the people: Jimmy Bonner

The recent article, "A Northern Perspective," by one of your reporters prompted me to respond to his comments about the South in general, and in particular his take on the mindset of the Southerner concerning his Civil War heritage and the ambivalence of the Northerner concerning his own.



Voice of the people: Albert "Chance" Laws

Mississippi needs a new flag. This is not because it is politically correct to do so but because it is just plain, flat-out correct to do so.



Kathleen Parker: A blueprint for changing the way we talk about race

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.


Patrick Buchanan: Love and hate in Dixie

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

"I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you."


Rheta Johnson: Gone but not forgotten

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

I grew up in cemeteries. They were part of our education, recreation and, too often, conversation.



Our View: 'I want people to feel excited about being a volunteer ... '

Posted 6/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By her own admission, Renee Sanders might have seemed like an odd choice to replace Leslie Peel at the United Way of Lowndes County's Volunteer Center Director.



Voice of the people: Gary L. Holtman



Voice of the people: D. Presley Hutchens


Lynn Spruill: A change long overdue

Posted 6/26/2015 in Local Columns

Twitter recently went all aflutter because of the proposed change to the picture on the paper currency of the $20 bill.

Slimantics: State flag decision should not be a popularity contest

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.


Local voices: A Northern perspective

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

No one talked about the Civil War where I grew up. Not outside of class, anyway.



Voice of the people: Debbie Whitfield



Our View: Rarely glamorous, coverage of local government is crucial

Posted 6/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Press Association conducts its Better Newspaper Contest to recognize outstanding work by state newspaper staffs.



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