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Voice of the people: Melony Beard



Voice of the people: Anne Burkart



Susan Estrich: Hitting home

Posted 4/18/2013 in National Columns

I'm from Boston. Over the years, I lived in two apartments within a stone's throw of Monday's bombings. Over the years, I stood and cheered marathon runners countless times.



Our view: School uniforms not among most pressing issues facing schools

Posted 4/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School District's decision to make uniforms mandatory district-wide beginning next year has met vocal resistance from some quarters.



Kathleen Parker: The day after the bombings in Boston

Posted 4/17/2013 in National Columns

You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can't put your finger on the reason. Possibilities flitter across the landscape of near-consciousness: An exam? A deadline? A speech? What day is it? Oh my God, Boston.


Slimantics: Juneteenth has a transcendent opportunity

Posted 4/17/2013 in Local Columns

By my estimation, it took the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees almost six months to say no to Leroy Brooks.


Letter to the editor: Cameron Triplett



Voice of the people: Kenneth McFarland



Voice of the people: Harriet Vaughn



Marty Wiseman: Education in Mississippi: A glimmer of hope

Posted 4/16/2013 in Local Columns

It seems that in every news outlet over the past few days there has been discussion of education legislation passed in the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature. While there was no massive education reform package, numerous doors were opened.


Partial to home: Bet Nancy Drew could find that armadillo

Posted 4/16/2013 in Local Columns

A couple of years ago we tried to catch the armadillo. At night he would emerge from his lair to root around in our yard for grubs. Each morning the grass looked as though a foursome of golfers had spent the night practicing their chip shots.

Possumhaw: Transporting live turtles

Posted 4/15/2013 in Local Columns

Eight good-size turtles bask on the bank of the pond. A few years back we emptied the pond and had the silt dug out. When it refilled only one fallen limb remained in the pond. The pond turtles vie for it.


Charlie Mitchell: How about equal time defining rape for our sons?

Posted 4/15/2013 in Local Columns

It was 30 years ago. She was a student any professor would consider ideal. Front row. Eyes up. Tidy. Attentive. Smiled easily, often. But after Thanksgiving break, she didn't come back.



Birney Imes: Voice of the people

Posted 4/13/2013 in Local Columns

We love letters to the editor. Not only do they affirm the vital role newspapers play in our communities, they often provide a fresh take on pressing local issues. My only problem with letters to the editor -- and I expect most newspaper editors of small town papers would say the same thing -- is the scarcity of them.



Tracy Broocks: Our lovely neighborhood



Leonard Pitts: More feedback on 'Accidental Racist'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt.



Kathleen Parker: Beauty and the beast

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.



Rheta Johnson: Readin', writin', packin'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The National Rifle Association wants to train and arm all public school teachers and administrators. The plan, as the NRA sees it, is to protect students.



Susan Estrich: Guns, god and background checks

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

I happened to be sitting in the Fox News bureau between "hits" on Tuesday morning, when the news broke about the stabbing at Lone Star College in Houston. Watching it unfold in real time, I couldn't help but think (as I'm sure all of us did) about the Newtown, Conn., massacre and the families flying to Washington and the fear that the parents of the Texas college students must be feeling.



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