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Voice of the people: An open letter to the city aldermen of Starkville

I am writing to ask you to reconsider your plan to override Mayor Wiseman's veto with respect to the Equality Resolution and Plus-1 Insurance program for city workers.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Sad days for satire

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

I met Herbert Block, the late, great editorial cartoonist Herblock, in Washington in the early 1980s. Maybe I should say I saw him. "Met" is too strong a word. I never even shook his hand.

 

Leonard Pitts: Pontiff wrong on limiting freedom of expression

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

A few words on the limits to freedom of expression: For what it's worth, there are a few that are acceptable. You don't threaten or incite violence. You don't defame. You don't produce child pornography. And you don't falsely shout "Fire!" in the proverbial crowded theater.

 

Kathleen Parker: Why Obama was probably right not to go the Paris rally

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. The White House has admitted the error.

 

 

Our View: LINK, EMCC and area schools form a promising partnership

Posted 1/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For some time now, officials with the Golden Triangle Development LINK have been stressing the importance of making sure our schools prepare students for the 21st century workplace.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Gerald D. Peters

 

Lynn Spruill: A chill on the Fourth Estate

Posted 1/16/2015 in Local Columns

I was recently watching the always thought provoking CBS Sunday Morning show and saw an opinion piece on the terrorist activities in Paris.

 

Outtakes: Mississippi journalist's book is a rewarding gem

Posted 1/15/2015 in Local Columns

There is a new book out called "Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and other Persons of Interest."

 

 

Our View: 'Hiedi no' for Hiedi Ho

Posted 1/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Figures compiled by the Columbus Police Department revealed 28 police incident reports at Club Hiedi Ho in 2014.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Chris Gottbrath

 

Slimantics: Why we can't bring ourselves to hate moonshiners

Posted 1/14/2015 in Local Columns

Monday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of an undisclosed number of gallons of moonshine.

 

Dana Milbank: Conservatives find their inner Francophiles

Posted 1/14/2015 in National Columns

There is a certain je ne sais quoi in conservatives' criticism of the Obama administration over last week's terrorist attack in France.

 

 

Our View: Textbook fiasco draws to a close

Posted 1/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees got the final tally of what it cost the district to replace one set of new textbooks for another.

 

 

David Owen: One reader's take on the day's news

Posted 1/13/2015 in Local Columns

I read with interest the several stories in the Jan. 11, 2015, Dispatch, with an eye towards our state's education.

 

 

Froma Harrop: License plates are not bumper stickers

Posted 1/13/2015 in National Columns

A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag.

 

Possumhaw: Winter of my contentment

Posted 1/12/2015 in Local Columns

Last week was a cold one. We spent much time glued to the digital thermometer and calling out temperatures to the household.

Dana Milbank: Episode shows how far we've come

Posted 1/12/2015 in National Columns

I like a feeding frenzy as much as the next shark. But I can't get a taste for Rep. Steve Scalise's blood. The Louisiana Republican, newly elected No. 3 in the House leadership, was recently discovered to have spoken to a group of white supremacists. Democrats see his offense as a scandal to be exploited.

Ask Rufus: A bicentennial with Miss. connections

Posted 1/10/2015 in Local Columns

Last week saw another bicentennial event with links to Mississippi.

 

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