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Our view: CMSD motto: 'I don't know'

Posted 5/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The defining moment in Dr. Martha Liddell's first year as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District came Monday during the district's regular board meeting.



Kathleen Parker: IRS, AP scandals bring tea partyers, 'lamestream media' together

Posted 5/15/2013 in National Columns

Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt -- the benighted Mainstream Media.



Our view: School Board's lack of resolve on uniforms consistent with past reversals

Posted 5/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is probably no animal more easily frightened than the starling, for whom the slightest unexpected noise can send the flock flying away in a panic. The Lowndes County School Board is beginning to rival that timid breed, however.



Charlie Mitchell: 'Painless taxation' a modern invention

Posted 5/14/2013 in Local Columns

When Joseph and Mary donkeyed up and headed for Bethlehem, they knew the reason. It was to visit the tax man and pay up.



Voice of the people: Melony Beard



Marty Wiseman: Municipalities: beachheads of opportunity

Posted 5/13/2013 in Local Columns

On a recent Tuesday the streets of many of our municipalities were lined with fellow citizens and supporters of mayoral, aldermanic, and council candidates waving signs and banners in behalf of their favorites. It was gratifying to see such an outpouring because in many of these towns the stakes are perhaps higher than they have ever been before.


Adele Elliott: Precious past

Posted 5/13/2013 in Local Columns

I have had the good fortune to live in two cities with rich histories. New Orleans and Columbus have many fascinating tales to tell. Both love the stories of their pasts and keep them alive with written and oral retellings.

Birney Imes: The white noise of the Internet

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Columns

We've all witnessed it. You're in a restaurant and at a nearby table a couple sitting across from each other are both engrossed in their cell phones. A friend calls it "prayer meeting."

Slim Smith: Death: The second harshest penalty

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Columns

Tuesday, I made the drive to Parchman to report on the execution of Willie Jerome Manning, who was convicted in 1994 of the 1992 murder of a pair of Mississippi State students in Starkville.


Rheta Johnson: Why we should all love Willie

Posted 5/11/2013 in National Columns

After learning from Internet "news" that real pearls feel gritty to the teeth and sago palms are poisonous to dogs, I decided to play a little music. I can't handle the information age.



Leonard Pitts: Ignoring the real while fighting the imaginary

Posted 5/11/2013 in National Columns

It should've been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn't hear it. An ominous sort of history was made last week near Austin, Texas, but it seems to have largely escaped notice. There was some media coverage, yes, but less than, say, Lindsay Lohan's latest stint in rehab, certainly less than you'd think for something whose ramifications will likely shadow us for years.



Kathleen Parker: Yes, Ted Cruz is Hispanic 'enough'

Posted 5/11/2013 in National Columns

Enough with this "enough" business. Latest to the question of whether a person is sufficiently identifiable as belonging to a particular demographic is Ted Cruz -- the conservative Texas senator who happens to be of Hispanic descent.


Ask Rufus: Spring in the Prairie

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Columns

Prairies form the heart of the Golden Triangle Region. Three miles across the Tombigbee River from Columbus was Pitchlynn's Prairie, which centered around John Pitchlynn's 1820s residence.


Wyatt Emmerich: The problem with socialism ...

Posted 5/10/2013 in Local Columns



Froma Harrop: Three girls lost in Cleveland

Posted 5/10/2013 in Local Columns



Our view: Mother's Day

Posted 5/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday, as you had better know by now, is Mother's Day. Although motherhood has been celebrated throughout the world in some form or fashion since the beginning of humanity, the American version of the holiday is a relatively recent development.



Leonard Pitts: Running from life

Posted 5/9/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Stupid: City wades into festival quagmire

Posted 5/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In Leroy Brooks' version of the history of Juneteenth, in June of 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, Union forces notified a group of slaves in Texas that they were free men, women and children. Upon learning this, the slaves in question went before the town council to secure funding for a spontaneous celebration.



Kathleen Parker: Prude or prudent? The debate over access to Plan B

Posted 5/8/2013 in National Columns



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