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Jay Lacklen: A son's salute

Posted 5/10/2014 in Local Columns

During the summer of 1975, I got a chance to salute my mother with a flyby, of sorts, near her childhood home of Somerset, Ky. She had returned home to be with her mother in my grandmother's final days, and I happened to be flying a mission on the Richmond, Ky., bomb site on a route that circled Somerset. I thought a minor flight plan deviation would not ruffle any feathers and would provide a richly deserved tribute to my formative parent.

Kathleen Parker: The death penalty condemns us all

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.


Leonard Pitts: The absence of fathers matters

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video.



Susan Estrich: Monica returns

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Does Monica Lewinsky really think she was a victim of cyber bullying? Apparently so, according to her "coming out" piece in Vanity Fair, which is getting a lot of attention, ostensibly because of its potential impact on Hillary 2016.



Our View: Riverfront development a source of pride for generations to come

Posted 5/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Officials say the sidewalk project connecting the Riverwalk to the Columbus Soccer Complex will be completed by the end of the year.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Voice of the people: Jim Richardson


Lynn Spruill: Choosing motherhood

Posted 5/9/2014 in Local Columns

It is the role of a lifetime, literally. Nothing comes close to the facets of life this role touches.

Slimantics: 8 O'May stirs meditations on the nature of emancipation

Posted 5/8/2014 in Local Columns

Until recently, the only significant thing for me about May 8 was that it is my brother's birthday. Long-time Columbus residents will forgive my ignorance on this topic, I am sure.


Voice of the people: Christian G. Heinkel



Voice of the people: Jay Lacklen



Our View: Proposed redevelopment authority could help private dollars flow

Posted 5/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's public hearing on the city of Columbus' intention to create a redevelopment authority may not have satisfied all those who view city government with skepticism.



Leonard Pitts: Extremist Islam is scared of little girls

Posted 5/7/2014 in National Columns

There was a method to this madness.



Our View: Citizens denied voice in alcohol law change

Posted 5/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

For a group that prides themselves on bending over backward to facilitate economic development, the Starkville aldermen's latest move to quash discussions on amending alcohol sales is completely inconsistent with its mantra.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Charlie Mitchell: Sunshine best remedy for Medicare, Medicaid fraud

Posted 5/6/2014 in Local Columns

When state and federal programs to health-care providers began, so did a behind-the-scenes struggle. It centered on keeping the payments secret.


Lynn Spruill: Turnover time

Posted 5/5/2014 in Local Columns

A large number of the Starkville property owners are girding their loins for battle. It is the collective gearing up for the turnover of college kids for our landlord population.

Possumhaw: One week ago tonight

Posted 5/5/2014 in Local Columns

A curtain of darkness fell as we spread blankets and pillows on the floor near the stairway. Sam watched the local news until the satellite cut out. An ominous message came across the screen saying, "Don't call us -- we already know."


Voice of the people: Gwen Sisson

I would like to thank the Starkville community for the wonderful turnout at this year's Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer.



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