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Our view: More plowshares, fewer swords

Posted 6/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When the increasingly infamous sequester officially began in March, the sky did not fall. Well, it didn't fall right away.



Our view: Elvis would be proud of his cousin's compassion

Posted 6/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Brandon Presley has a ceiling he will never break through: He will never be Lee County's MPP (Most Popular Presley).



Wyatt Emmerich: Is the tide turning in Kemper?

Posted 6/6/2013 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Notes on the municipal elections

Posted 6/5/2013 in Local Columns

Tuesday's municipal elections reaffirmed something Abraham Lincoln said during the Gettysburg Address about the nature of our system of government. Ours is a government of some of the people, by some of the people and for some of the people.


Voice of the people: James Clayton Terry



Carmen K. Sisson: Remembering Barbara Bobo

Posted 6/4/2013 in Local Columns

It is June 2002, and I am sitting in the middle of the West Alabama Gazette's office in Millport, Ala., writing an editorial for The Northport Gazette, the WAG's sister paper. The doors are flung open, and as dusk dims to dark, the cicadas increase their pitch.


Possumhaw: Snakes and dam holes

Posted 6/4/2013 in Local Columns

Wispy clouds littered the blue sky on a warm, clear day. The humidity was low, and the sun was edging toward the tree line.


Our view: Voting: a right, an obligation, an opportunity

Posted 6/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials


Slimantics: Two candidates, one bad choice

Posted 6/3/2013 in Local Columns

Tuesday, Starkville voters will go to the polls to choose a mayor. Incumbent Parker Wiseman faces a stiff challenge from Republican challenger Dan Moreland. In recent weeks, Moreland's campaign -- thought to be badly damaged by a recent audit that showed sloppy accounting and budgeting practices in the Starkville Parks Commission -- has gained momentum.

Slimantics: Smith gets the nod for mayor

Posted 6/3/2013 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, voters in Columbus will go to the polls to select a mayor and the final seat on the city council. What sort of turn-out can be expected is unclear.


Voice of the people: Sherman Meadows



Voice of the people: Danny Carlisle



Susan Estrich: Eric Holder cannot investigate himself

Posted 6/1/2013 in National Columns

No one should pretend that dealing with leaks of highly sensitive and classified national security documents is easy. I remember hearing plenty of conservatives taking to the airwaves to accuse The New York Times of nothing less than "treason" for publishing materials provided by WikiLeaks.



Voice of the people: Janice Taylor



Voice of the people: Jeremy Murdock



Voice of the people: Jeremy D. Whitmore


Summer reading

Posted 6/1/2013 in Local Columns

So tell me, what are you reading this summer? If you were going to recommend a book to a stranger or friend, what would it be? This was a question I put to half a dozen or so local readers.

Ask Rufus: Alice Vivian liked to race

Posted 6/1/2013 in Local Columns

One hundred and fifty years ago the Alice Vivian, a Tombigbee River steamboat turned Confederate blockade runner, was captured by the USS DeSoto while attempting to sail from Mobile to Havana, Cuba. Few steamboats anywhere experienced history as did the Alice Vivian.


Michael Gerson: Mr. President, meet Mr. Holder

Posted 5/31/2013 in National Columns



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