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Bob Raymond: Second City a big hit

Anyone who did not attend the show Tuesday night at the Trotter missed a really fun event.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: The function of government

The "Concentrate on essentials" column, from Sunday's Washington Post, appeared in Monday's Dispatch, and I take issue with part of it.

 

 

Our view: The sweet sights -- and sounds -- of spring

Posted 3/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In these parts, the sounds of spring include more than birds chirping and bees buzzing. The sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans jazz, and even orchestra arrangements will fill the air -- punctuated by a shout of "Stella!" or two.

 

 

Birney Imes: The gray ghost

Posted 2/26/2011 in Local Columns

 

 

Raymond Gross: Liberal Democrats making a mess of things

 

 

Cameron Triplett: History lesson

 

 

Our view: A decent education starts at home

Posted 2/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's crunch time for some high school seniors across the state -- 11 percent of them, to be exact, who may spend another year in 12th grade if they can't pass the state's standardized tests.

 

 

Our view: Barbour should confront state's past head-on

Posted 2/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Will there ever be a president from Mississippi? Maybe someday, but it would take a Herculean effort, which Gov. Haley Barbour is discovering. Unfortunately for Barbour, our reputation precedes us. We're the place where Medgar Evers was shot and Emmitt Till was lynched, where three civil rights workers were buried in a Neshoba County levee, where students and townspeople rioted in Oxford to keep Ole Miss lily white.

 

Scott Colom: Appreciating my Mormon father

Posted 2/23/2011 in Local Columns

Often when I visit a new place or meet a stranger, I think of my Mormon father. James Parkinson and I may not look like father and son, but Parky, as I refer to him, has had an important impact on my life, an impact that started when he became the first white man to join the 100 Black Men of Columbus.

 

Our View: A sign of the times: Along the Riverwalk, you're being watched

Posted 2/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As the weather turns warmer, more of us are getting outside. Those of us shaking off the cobwebs of winter and taking in some exercise along the Riverwalk have noticed more than the signs of spring emerging.

 

 

Our view: Nathan Bedford Forrest plate a shameful idea

Posted 2/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

To the rest of the world, the idea is beyond ironic. It's incredulous. Mississippi, 150 years almost to the day after it seceded from the union, is considering putting Nathan Bedford Forrest on a license plate.

 

Birney Imes: Mr. Feeney makes a move

Posted 2/19/2011 in Local Columns

Larry Feeney is downsizing. The semi-retired MUW art professor, like an increasing number of widowed and single people in their 60s and 70s, is shedding the accumulated detritus of a lifetime and moving into a smaller, more manageable place.

Ask Rufus: Columbus has lost a friend

Posted 2/19/2011 in Local Columns

Recently Columbus lost a very good friend. After a long fight with health problems, Philip Meador passed away in California.

 

Our view: Get out in your garden

Posted 2/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Maybe the groundhog was right. We were muttering under our breaths in subfreezing temperatures, trudging through four inches of ice and snow, just a week ago. But maybe we'll have an early spring after all.

 

 

Wallace Dabbs: Remembering the original cool cat

 

 

Donna Stark: Shared history, but not shared blame

 

 

Cameron Triplett: American treasures

 

 

Bobby Garner: Unhappy with coverage

 

 

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