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Lynn Spruill: Political signs: the medium and its message

Posted 7/10/2015 in Local Columns

The Canadian futurist Marshall McLuhan was famous for the phrase, "the medium is the message." Nowhere is this more true when it comes to political signs in local races.

 

Our View: The wars of summer

Posted 7/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's summer in Mississippi and, of course, this means war.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bonnie Carew

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Trump proves GOP proclamations of mortal affront untrue

Posted 7/9/2015 in National Columns

In 2006, then-Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It was called "Operation Wetback."

 

 

Our View: Of beeswax and plastic birds

Posted 7/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Two famous men died recently: Don Featherstone and Burt Shavitz.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The age of the professional showoff

Posted 7/8/2015 in National Columns

"So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?" No. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?" No.

 

Slimantics: Does 'History' show us the need for Common Core?

Posted 7/7/2015 in Local Columns

It was once little more than an afterthought and what opinions there were of it were generally favorable. Now, it has become a pariah, an object of disgust and scorn.

 

Voice of the people: Berry Hinds

 

 

Voice of the people: J.W. Sprayberry

 

 

Froma Harrop: Meditate for success

Posted 7/7/2015 in National Columns

We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking.

 

Kayaking the Buttahatchee

Posted 7/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2b

 

Top sheriff's career began, ended with motorcycles

Posted 7/6/2015 in Local Columns

It has been a year since one of Mississippi's longest-serving sheriffs died, but people in Warren County remember. Everybody has a Paul Barrett story. Most are about how he stepped up when they needed it most.

 

 

Voice of the people: Pastors call for change of state flag

 

Birney Imes: Sonny Strickland's labor of love

Posted 7/4/2015 in Local Columns

ACKERMAN -- By five o'clock Friday afternoon, the cars had begun piling up in the gravel lot in front of two small buildings made of rough-cut timber. Smoke could be seen billowing from an open shed behind the buildings. The air was thick with the heavy fragrance of meat cooking.

 

Leonard Pitts: The Girl Scouts' inspiring example of moral courage

Posted 7/4/2015 in National Columns

Thank heaven for little girls. So sang French actor Maurice Chevalier in a famous song celebrating "their little eyes so helpless and appealing" and the fact that "they grow up in the most delightful way." Well, we are here to thank heaven for little Girl Scouts -- and for former girl, Megan Ferland, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. We are indebted to her for a recent inspiring example of moral courage.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The unexpected rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

Posted 7/4/2015 in National Columns

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don't mean Miss Universes.

 

 

Partick Buchanan: Europe's real existential crisis

Posted 7/4/2015 in National Columns

However the Greek crisis ends, whether with Athens leaving the eurozone, or submitting and accepting austerity at the dictates of its creditors, the European Union appears headed for an existential crisis. Greece borrowed and spent beyond its means, like New York City in the '70s, and Detroit, Illinois, and Puerto Rico today. But the crisis of Europe is about more than budget deficits and bad debts.

 

 

Our View: Our patriotic obligation

Posted 7/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

There are three major holidays that can be viewed as overtly patriotic celebrations, each set aside to honor a specific group.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: America the beautiful

Posted 7/3/2015 in Local Columns

It had been 40 years since I first attended the Black Hawk political rally in Carroll County, Mississippi.

 

 

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