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Jay Lacklen: Burners now!

Posted 6/2/2012 in Local Columns

In pilot training 42 years ago I made a mistake that haunts me still. As a solo student I rolled out on a visual final in my T-38 and quickly knew something was terribly wrong.

 

Our view: Republicans or bull mooses?

Posted 6/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, seven Mississippi elected officials announced they had switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. As you might imagine, the news was heralded as a triumph among giddy GOP leaders. The Democratic response, just as predictably, was terse. Switching parties six months into a four-year term is not something to be taken lightly.

 

 

Our view: Odd end to a long journey: It's Liddell

Posted 5/31/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, the Columbus Municipal School District will announce a decision on the superintendent position.

 

 

Our view: The Columbus Country Club is worth saving

Posted 5/30/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

People are quick to dismiss the financial troubles of the bankrupt Columbus Country Club. Snobs, fat cats and elitists are terms that get thrown around in conversations about the 89-year-old club.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

We can "thank" liberals and cowards for many of the emotional scars veterans carry from their service in Vietnam.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Losing the farm

Posted 5/29/2012 in Local Columns

Author Ann Voskamp posted on her blog that she worries about her children. She and her Dutch heritage husband raised them on their farm. They thought they'd grow up to be farmers, but with the economy, she says, they'll have to get fields of their own. She asks her husband, "Did we do wrong raising them like this? Should we move?"

Jay Lacklen: Scars of Vietnam slow to heal

Posted 5/29/2012 in Local Columns

I've never been to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. I've gotten near it several times on the Mall but have never had the strength to venture in. There are emotions I've locked securely inside me that I fear will erupt if I actually enter. I may eventually go, but alone, so no one I know will see me fall apart, Starship Trooper on his knees sobbing into his hands. So many names, so many dead, and for what?

 

Our view: Festival funding morass

Posted 5/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The CVB currently has a good set of grant application guidelines -- requiring the submission of line-item budgets, as well as the anticipated impact of the festival presented -- but they need to be adhered to.

 

 

Voice of the people: Eddie Cox

Respect for others

 

 

Voice of the people: Jack H. White

Be a friend

 

 

Our view: The nation's best high schools

Posted 5/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This week Newsweek magazine released its list of America's Best High Schools for 2012 and one of ours made the grade.

 

 

Our view: Celebrating our differences

Posted 5/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Each spring at Pentecost, Annunciation Catholic Church holds an international food festival.

 

Possumhaw: Birds and their feathers

Posted 5/21/2012 in Local Columns

There's no mistaking the indigo bunting, his sleek small body and that screaming teal color.

In love with daylilies

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

Growing up on a cotton farm in Lamar County, Ala., Juanice Hayes made a promise to herself -- she would not make her living hoeing in the dirt. She had plenty of that as a child, thank you. And while that has been the case, technically speaking -- Hayes taught fifth grade at New Hope for 34 years -- she has broken that promise. In a big way.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi's Lone Star Flag

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

The "Bonnie Blue Flag" which was once called the "Lone Star Flag" has been a symbol of Southern independence for more than two hundred years. The flag was first raised, to resounding cheers, on Sept. 23, in Baton Rouge, La. It had been designed by Melissa Johnson, who was the wife of dragoon Major Isaac Johnson. It was quickly accepted by the rebels as their symbol of independence.

 

Our view: Homegrown

Posted 5/18/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This Saturday, a home-cooked meal in Starkville could cost you $125. You can be sure it won't be your standard meat-and-three. Chef Ty Thames of Restaurant Tyler is preparing a seven-course feast made with locally sourced ingredients as a fund-raiser for Gaining Ground, a organization dedicated to the promotion of a sustainable lifestyle.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Saggy pants are a fad, a fashion craze. I think it's crazy, but it's an in-your-face expression of rebellion. I find it disgusting and highly offensive. I would like to carry a can of lighter fluid around to squirt on the seats of nasty underwear exposed to view, but unfortunately my right to be offended stops at everybody else's nose.

 

 

Our view: Pre-K, an encouraging first step

Posted 5/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There's little doubt pre-kindergarten classes have significant benefits to students, school districts and communities.

 

My take: From the Delta to D.C.

Posted 5/16/2012 in Local Columns

Kenyon King's life defies expectations. The day his mother, Tangenika King, dropped out of high school to get a diploma in motherhood, she had likely never heard of American University.

 

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