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Froma Harrop: A rough month for women

Posted 9/18/2014 in National Columns

Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.

 

Slimantics: What would Jesus do a point of contention for Starkville aldermen

Posted 9/17/2014 in Local Columns

Upon further review, the Starkville Board of Aldermen, most of them at least, would like you to know that God doesn't hate gay people; he just hates giving them health insurance.

 

Leonard Pitts: No defense for what Ray Rice did

Posted 9/17/2014 in National Columns

"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."

 

 

Our View: Onward and upward at MUW

Posted 9/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (better known as the state college board) released its enrollment figures for this fall.

 

 

Michael Gerson: Obama's careful war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama's Islamic State speech -- his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them "safe haven," his moral clarity on their "acts of barbarism" -- also sounded least like Obama.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Do we need a place called home?

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

There's this scene in Shakespeare where the straight-talking Rosalind tries to make sense of Jaques, a guy who travels all the time and is plagued by melancholy. "I fear you have sold your own lands to see other men's," Rosalind says to him in "As You Like It." "Yes, I have gained my experience," Jaques responds gloomily.

 

 

Our View: Cochran should agree to debate

Posted 9/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During his decidedly low-profile campaign swings across the state, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers has repeatedly called on Thad Cochran, Mississippi's six-term incumbent senator, to meet him in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.

 

Possumhaw: Browning leaves and bodock balls

Posted 9/15/2014 in Local Columns

The calendar says autumn is a week away and golden brown leaves are beginning to fall. Felder Rushing says it is not fall but only drought causing the leaves to flutter. Sam and I talk about the benefits of each season and how fast they pass these days.

Ask Rufus: The Coming of Greek Revival

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

When people think of antebellum homes in the South it is generally an image of a large Greek Revival style house that comes to mind.

Birney Imes: Childhood

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

It was Hemingway, I think, who said the best early training for a writer is an unhappy childhood. While I expect there is some truth to Papa's observation, it is not the training regimen any of us would choose for ourselves or our offspring.

 

Voice of the people: Questions textbook purchases

Based upon the limited information we have, what are we ordinary citizens supposed to believe about the purchase of new school books by the Board of the Columbus Municipal School District (CMSD)?

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: A lady in Sun studio

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- While thousands were touring Graceland during Elvis Week last month, a retired English professor from Baton Rouge sat at legendary Sun Studio and signed copies of her quiet but fascinating book.

 

Leonard Pitts: Wondering 'what if' as U.S. forces head back to the Middle East

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Stats reveal fallacy of taxpayer-subsidised megadeals

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent. I remember in the 90s when Mississippi's unemployment rate was two full percentage points better than the national average.

 

 

George Hazard: 'Wrap it in maroon and white'

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

A pleasant Southland breeze brought the unique and imperishable radio calls to Verona's Lee Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday. There, under a maroon-and-white burial-vault cover, Mississippi State radioman Jack Cristil was buried. The service lasted about 20 minutes after the hearse arrived flying a State flag.

 

 

Our View: Legal? Yes. Ethical? Not quite.

Posted 9/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Awkward. Embarrassing. Uncomfortable. Familiar. Any of these words could be used to describe the moment during Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting when assistant superintendent Craig Shannon, in his one and only act as the district's temporary personnel director, recommended the hiring of the wife of schools superintendent Philip Hickman for a teaching position.

 

Lynn Spruill: Make it pretty

Posted 9/12/2014 in Local Columns

The psychology of beauty is undeniable.

 

Our View: Starkville's insurance plan makes sense

Posted 9/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In the city of Starkville's last regular meeting, the board of aldermen voted to implement a "plus-one" insurance plan which, among other things, allows a city employee to add another adult to their health insurance policy.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Bubba and Dubya pal it up

Posted 9/11/2014 in National Columns

Now it can be told: Bill Clinton was a secret adviser to George W. Bush.

 

 

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