OPINIONS

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Our View: Certain inalienable rights ...

Posted 1/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The continuing controversy over the city of Starkville's polices regarding its LGBT residents touches on a subject that goes far beyond the city.

 

Lynn Spruill: The hobgoblins of consistency and transparency

Posted 1/9/2015 in Local Columns

There is a reason the general public has such a dim view of politicians.

 

Tom Plate: The 'mad men' of journalism

Posted 1/9/2015 in National Columns

As the editor in charge of the opinion pages of newspapers in New York and Los Angeles, what was the hardest part of my job?

 

 

Our View: Starkville's shameful treatment of LGBTs

Posted 1/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For a full year now, the Starkville Board of Aldermen have been going back and forth on policies which affect the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

 

 

Our View: A new era for the Trotter

Posted 1/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Trotter Convention Center will soon be open for business.

 

Slimantics: All shook up: Elvis at 80

Posted 1/8/2015 in Local Columns

If he were still alive, Elvis Presley would be celebrating his 80th birthday today.

 

Froma Harrop: Playtime is over for Obamacare's foes

Posted 1/8/2015 in National Columns

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread.

 

 

Our View: To whom much is given ...

Posted 1/7/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In January and February, there are two federal holidays -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day.

 

 

Outtakes: What they had in common

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

When we get up in age the past figures more prominently in our conversations. Someone once said that.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Opinions vary on what makes a better business climate

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

With the new legislative session upon us, our state leaders are listing their priorities.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The rich and their anti-vaccine quacks

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'equality' racket

Posted 1/6/2015 in National Columns

Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."

 

Possumhaw: Hillbilly speed bumps and Hoover hogs

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Sam likes to see how high the water is down at the spillway, if it has any "color," and who's fishing -- so we took a drive.

 

Voice of the people: Bob Altman

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: White working class in a corner, and it's getting lonely

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Republicans who want to stay in office in Mississippi this election year have no worries -- if they are conservative enough.

 

Birney Imes: Hello, 2015

Posted 1/3/2015 in Local Columns

Whew, that was quick. Another year gone. Resolved for '15: to be kinder and more patient. As we age, we trend toward kindness. So says the writer George Saunders. Here's an excerpt from a convocation speech he gave to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches:

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Books you might not have heard about

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

Blockbuster books like "Wild" and "Gone Girl" get so much attention that we forget other authors are out there busting their blocks trying to sell a few stories written without murders and mayhem. I received a couple of quietly wonderful books as gifts, and I have to share the news in case The Times neglects to review them. They deserve attention, too.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: In 2014, the joke's on us

Posted 1/3/2015 in National Columns

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.

 

 

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