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Our View: Terry Brown will be missed

Posted 9/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Terry Brown was first diagnosed with cancer last year, our sadness was tempered by the hope he would ultimately win this fight and that it would soon be just another colorful story added to his repertoire. After all, the question, "Do you feel like talking?" was the ultimate silly question when posed to Brown, who has served his native Lowndes County in state government since 1988, most recently as Senate Pro Tempore.

 

Lynn Spruill: Labor day

Posted 9/5/2014 in Local Columns

It has come and gone and for most it was just an opportunity to have an extra day off to hit the sales racks or grill out.

Our View: Musgrove makes case for MAEP lawsuit

Posted 9/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove met with The Dispatch editorial board on Wednesday to promote a lawsuit that would force the state to compensate school districts for the amount of money they have been under-funded since 2010.

Slimantics: Tax-free bullets? We can hardly wait

Posted 9/4/2014 in Local Columns

In these troubling times, it is a comfort to remember that here in Mississippi our elected officials are looking out for us. If you are inclined to doubt this, you need only look to this weekend for evidence of that.

 

Our View: FEMA shelters are stairways to nowhere

Posted 9/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In the nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, 72 storm shelters have been built in Mississippi using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money.

 

 

Voice of the people: Greg Stewart

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Kids' Count model is to link prosperity to progress

Posted 9/3/2014 in Local Columns

For a full quarter-century now, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued news releases calling Mississippi the absolute worst or almost the absolute worst place to be a child in America.

 

Slimantics: A town united

Posted 9/2/2014 in Local Columns

Monday, black and white citizens of West Point gathered at First Baptist Church to pray for Ralph Weems IV, who was badly beaten in the parking lot of the Huddle House restaurant in the early-morning hours of Aug. 24.

Possumhaw: The law of kindness

Posted 9/2/2014 in Local Columns

The ladies and I were sitting in the sunroom as each of us was asked to name something we were thankful for. I said, "Today I saw a butterfly."

 

Voice of the people: Congressman Alan Nunnelee

 

Partial to Home: Baseball, anyone?

Posted 8/31/2014 in Local Columns

When our almost 8-year-old grandson, Benjamin, announces he's ready to go to Dudy Noble, he initiates a time-honored sequence of events. He goes and gets a metal bat and a small cloth bag containing six to 10 worn-out tennis balls, and I begin looking for my shoes.

 

Voice of the people: Saul Vydas M.D.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ralph H. Weems III

As you are aware, my son Ralph, and his friend, David Knighten, were brutally beaten at the Huddle House in West Point early Saturday morning. The senselessness of this crime has cast a pall over not only the victims and their families, but over our entire community as well.

 

Ask Rufus: The Legacy of Black Prairie Blues

Posted 8/30/2014 in Local Columns

Blues is a great unifier. A week ago there was a horrible incident in West Point that threatened to create divisions within the community. However, on Friday night in West Point, blues brought people of all sizes, shapes and colors, from all over the United States and even several foreign countries together.

Lynn Spruill: Meditation

Posted 8/29/2014 in Local Columns

I was channel surfing through a morning program not too long ago and stopped long enough to hear a guest discussing meditation with the CBS hosts. There was the obligatory Harvard doctor who was doing research on the benefits of meditation and then there was a hip-hop mogul who was hawking his book on the subject.

 

Our View: Body cameras can protect citizens, police alike

Posted 8/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It is not quite as sinister as George Orwell's "1984," but we now live in a world where the expectation of privacy can hardly be taken for granted. From the National Security Agency's controversial data mining operations to surveillance cameras to the ubiquitous cell phone cameras, we are generally being watched.

 

 

Our View: It's easy to get excited about college football

Posted 8/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It is here. If you are a college football fan, that is all that is necessary to distinguish what makes this week exceptional.

 

 

George Will: Navy with a mission in mind

Posted 8/28/2014 in National Columns

Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea.

 

 

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