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Birney Imes: A ride to the train station with Tony

Posted 7/20/2013 in Local Columns

Tony had said he would give me a ride to the train station.

Ask Rufus: Summer vacations of the past

Posted 7/20/2013 in Local Columns

July always brings, hot humid weather and thoughts of vacations. Though destinations and entertainment have to a large extent changed, summer vacations have long been with us. While people still often go to the Biloxi and the Gulf, who now goes to or has even heard of Way, Mississippi?

Slimantics: Gopher Frogs: They've lost that lovin' feelin'

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

As part of its mission as a research university, the folks at Mississippi State are always up to something interesting. Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a press release that provides details of research projects the university is working on. Some are more interesting than others, obviously.


Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper: Taxpayers take all the risk, no upside

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

With the latest rate increase caused by the runaway Kemper power plant, Mississippi Power residential customers will be paying 66 percent more for their electricity than Entergy customers in Mississippi.



Legalization of same sex marriage only a matter of time

Posted 7/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning in Tupelo a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license at the Lee County Courthouse as part of a campaign for marriage equality that is currently being staged in several southern states.



Charlie Mitchell: Spirit of openness fades when salesmen visit officials

Posted 7/18/2013 in Local Columns



Leonard Pitts: We need to wake the hell up

Posted 7/17/2013 in National Columns

Four words of advice for African-Americans in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal: Wake the hell up. The Sunday after Zimmerman went free was a day of protest for many of us.



Kathleen Parker: Why was he allowed to walk around armed?

Posted 7/17/2013 in National Columns

It is easy to understand how everyone in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case feels. If I were Martin's mother, I'd want his killer's heart on a platter. If I were Zimmerman's mother, I'd be grateful my son escaped greater injury, however he managed.



Voice of the people: Berry Hinds



Our view: Crawford's needs should not be ignored

Posted 7/16/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was a pretty good day to be a Lowndes County supervisor. During that meeting, a preliminary report from the county tax assessor's office shows the value of the county's general millage will increase by roughly $40,000, which will fatten the county coffers by roughly $1.1 million when the in-lieu payments are deducted.



Voice of the people: Craig Thomas



Voice of the people: LeKesha Perry



Wyatt Emmerich: Big business as bad as big government

Posted 7/16/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: Raccoons and skunks, oh my

Posted 7/15/2013 in Local Columns

A raccoon was caught in the cage and the rain was beating hard. I admit I was feeling pretty prideful as it rarely takes more than a night to catch one. Raccoons are destructive; they have to go.


Our view: The risk of taking our cues from talking heads

Posted 7/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

From the start, the Trayvon Martin tragedy was a polarizing story. It remains so today, less than 48 hours after a six-woman jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Rheta Johnson: Another flip-flop fantasy

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

A sweet young woman named Michelle painted my toenails the orange of road construction cones, a polish called Flip Flop Fantasy. I was ready to roll. The older I get, the lighter I travel.



Kathleen Parker: The GOP's principled suicide

Posted 7/13/2013 in National Columns

Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end.



Leonard Pitts: Forced sterilization is happening, is still repugnant

Posted 7/13/2013 in National Columns

As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer. "As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it. He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn't do it." The "it" is tubal ligation. He wanted to sterilize her.



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