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Roses and thorns

Posted 4/26/2014 in Roses & Thorns

Ask Rufus: Flowers, poetry and early explorers

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

Last week the primroses blossomed along Highway 82. I say primroses but I always called them buttercups as a child because if you smelled them your nose would become covered in yellow pollen.

 

Mississippi Voices: The Crony

Posted 4/25/2014 in Local Columns

 

 

Susan Estrich: The new politics of crime

Posted 4/25/2014 in National Columns

This week's announcement that the Justice Department will expand the criteria for offering clemency marks a new, and long overdue, chapter in the politics of crime.

 

 

Our View: School board meeting departs from script

Posted 4/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met in a specially called meeting last night to select a search firm for a new superintendent.

 

 

Our View: An open and fair discussion? Don't count on it.

Posted 4/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, the Columbus Municipal School Board will hold a specially called fist-fight to select a search firm to identify candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: A case for doing nothing

Posted 4/24/2014 in Local Columns

Walking ahead of two young people when one asked the other, "What are you doing this summer?"

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The Grapes of Wrath' resonates 75 years later

Posted 4/24/2014 in National Columns

"The Grapes of Wrath" was published 75 years ago this month, a seminal masterpiece of American literature that seems freshly relevant to this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing poverty.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Better care can also cost less

Posted 4/23/2014 in National Columns

Almost everyone has known or will know the helplessness of caring for -- or overseeing the care of -- a sick loved one. That such situations are often mired in chaos raises the anxiety level for both the patient and others trying to do the right thing.

 

 

The Bard: 450 years old today

Posted 4/23/2014 in National Columns

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Sorry, Juliet. He's hard to find on many college campuses.

 

 

Our View: Muscle Shoals: There's still a message in the music

Posted 4/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, PBS aired the documentary "Muscle Shoals," presented as "the incredible true story of a small town with a big sound." For those who had the misfortune to miss it, the film tells the story of a desperately poor young musician named Rick Hall who overcame crushing poverty and staggering tragedies to bring black and white musicians together to create music for the generations.

 

 

Our View: Spring: a season of optimism

Posted 4/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was the day for recovery for folks in the flower business.

 

Local voices: Alison Buehler

Posted 4/22/2014 in Local Columns

I just got back from an incredible weekend in Meridian. Go Green Meridian, a chapter of Gaining Ground.

 

Voice of the people: William Bell

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Rebecca Watson

 

Possumhaw: Busy week in the Prairie

Posted 4/21/2014 in Local Columns

On the heels of a quiet, cold winter, the Prairie house became a whirl of activity. It's good to enjoy those quiet winter days; they don't last long. Our visiting turkey hunters set out early and came in late, thus we rarely saw our guests. I caught up with my brother, Skip Shelton, coming in at the late hour of 9 p.m. His eyes looked bleary. "You can't run on a few hours of sleep," I said.

Ask Rufus: No sidewalk, no mail

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.

Birney Imes: An afternoon with beekeepers

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday about 40 beekeepers stood in the twilight on a cement pad outside a metal farm building in south Noxubee County.

 

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