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Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Freedom from want

Posted 11/8/2014 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- From the barn come the boards that serve as underpinning for my old house. They are brought to its high side and screwed into the battened cedar for the season. Warnings here are for a freeze.



Leonard Pitts: Shoshana Roberts and the catcalls heard 'round the world

Posted 11/8/2014 in National Columns

They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts. She's the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women -- "catcalling" -- it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.



Michael Gerson: Obama's 'gifts' to the nation

Posted 11/8/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received.



Our View: NO dogs allowed?

Posted 11/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During its regular meeting, the Starkville Board of Aldermen passed by a 6-1 vote a proposal to temporarily ban pets - essentially dogs - from its three public cemeteries.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Charlie Mitchell: More states are passing own minimum wage laws

Posted 11/7/2014 in Local Columns

As with many public policies, the idea of a government-set minimum wage started small.



Our View: Candidates and criticism

Posted 11/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Aside from a run-off for the District 17 state senate, the election season ended Tuesday, when Golden Triangle went to the polls in what election officials say were modest numbers.



Froma Harrop: Progressives don't need Washington all that much

Posted 11/6/2014 in National Columns

The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives.



Voice of the people: Berry Hinds



Our View: Where are all the women?

Posted 11/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

What is the most under-represented group in our local, state and federal government?



Michael Gerson: Only Reagan can be Reagan

Posted 11/5/2014 in National Columns

The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun.



Voice of the people: J. Dwight Dyess


Slimantics: An American music true to its roots

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

I despise country music and I'm not too keen about the music you generally hear in church, either. This was not always the case.


Charlie Mitchell: Unsung heroes walk the halls of America's hospitals

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

Let's pause in praise of nurses.



Our View: Time for a change?

Posted 11/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The semi-annual grumbling commenced Sunday with the arrival of Standard Time. It will surely emerge again on March 8 with the arrival of Daylight Savings Time.


Possumhaw: When one thing leads to another

Posted 11/3/2014 in Local Columns

Sam said the Saints game would be over in 5 minutes 29 seconds and then we could go for a bike ride but I'd been around that block before and I knew that a televised game of 5 minutes would be at least another 30 so I headed out to the lake.


Voice of the people: Chad Scott

I think more information needs to be shared with the public on who came up with the formula, and its merits. Will more money help students want to learn, be motivated, and take initiative?



Michael Gerson: Bill Gates' moment

Posted 11/3/2014 in National Columns

"Ebola has reminded people that it is not just poor people who can die of infectious disease," Bill Gates tells me, in a characteristically matter-of-fact tone.



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