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Our View: A change in the way we think about work

Posted 7/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins first announced plans for a $38 million "Communiversity" project a month ago, more than a few eyebrows were raised.



Voice of the people: Ellen Kendall



Dana Milbank: White House's new tranquil-izer

Posted 7/16/2014 in National Columns

President Obama has described his foreign-policy doctrine as an attempt to hit singles, doubles and the occasional home run. But at this stage of the game, it looks as though he has popped out, grounded into a double play and been hit by a pitch.



Our View: Undoing what has been done

Posted 7/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will meet to make a decision that will undo yet another decision made by the previous board.



Voice of the people: William Hairston

In his Sunday column ("The accidental Klansman," July 13, 2014), Slim Smith writes about the strange phenomenon of people seeing the likeness of a Ku Klux Klansman in the statue atop the Confederate monument on the Lowndes County Court House lawn.


Slimantics: An unapologetic cross-over voter

Posted 7/15/2014 in Local Columns

I'm one of the guys Chris McDaniel is upset about. Let's back up first. Until 2007 when I lost my voting privileges, I was a registered Republican.

Possumhaw: Just another day in paradise

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

Sam asked if I wanted to go on vacation anytime soon, and I said that I'd rather wait 'til fall when things cool off; besides, it's hard to imagine any place better than this "recreational paradise" I live in.

Lynn Spruill: City shouldn't bank on this bad idea

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

A late-developing plan to put the police department into the Cadence Bank building seems to be a fait accompli. Not only has this train left the station, it's so far down the line, it is almost out of sight. And most likely it won't be stalled no matter what counterproposals might be offered, but I can't help myself. I have to stand on the track and wave a red flag.


Susan Estrich: Bombs on Jerusalem

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn't reach that far. Now they can. Rockets were fired aimed at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this week, as Israel launched its own offensive in Gaza. "Every Israeli is a target," a Hamas spokesman was quoted in the press.



Froma Harrop: Should Amazon just take over?

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

It's the darnedest thing. Only a select few sites grace the bookmark bar topping my Web browser. Amazon.com is one. And Amazon is the only retailer to make the cut.


Ask Rufus: A mixing of cultures

Posted 7/12/2014 in Local Columns

The site where Columbus now sits has for hundreds of years been a cultural crossroads.

Slim Smith: The accidental Klansman

Posted 7/12/2014 in Local Columns

Like so many things, it all depends on how you look at it. Quite literally, in this case. On the corner of Second Avenue North and Fifth Street in downtown Columbus, a monument dedicated to the memory of Lowndes County soldiers who fought for the Confederacy rests on the lawn of the Lowndes County Courthouse.


Voice of the people: William Ford M.D.

I was appalled to see an ad in this newspaper from a local restaurant advertising blue marlin fish as a special.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Monica, wherefore art thou?

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

I never figured on feeling sorry for Monica Lewinsky. She was too much like an Atlanta Hooters waitress I once interviewed who wanted to file a sex discrimination lawsuit. You asked for it, I thought.



Leonard Pitts: The high court's high-handedness

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later.


Dana Milbank: Flavor-of-the-week politics

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- "This is not theater." That was President Obama's answer in Dallas last week to critics who said he should have gone to the border to see firsthand the mass immigration of unaccompanied minors that has suddenly seized Washington's attention.


Our View: Finding a balance

Posted 7/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, by a 3-2 vote, selected Dr. Philip Hickman as its new superintendent of schools. We congratulate Hickman, welcome him to the city and look forward to hearing his plans for the district.



Michael Gerson: Needed: A conservative temperament

Posted 7/11/2014 in National Columns

A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form.



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