He was the last passenger to get on the plane. A tall black man in a dark pinstriped suit, elegant white shirt and expensive shoes. His eyes landed on the empty seat beside me. We were on a 6 a.m. flight from Birmingham to Washington D.C.
Expungement laws need to be eased One of the saddest days of my life was when my son was convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Often what we consider to be important really isn't that significant, while at the same time events we overlook can be of historic note.
In the movie version of John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," the central characters of the story -- a motley group of malingerers, derelicts and misfits -- are confronted with a problem.
It might be interesting to other Mississippians to see what was being taught about Mississippi in 2003 in Texas. Here is an excerpt from The Houston Teachers' Institute (University of Houston) that was included in a teaching curriculum.
Welcome to third grade, or as we say in Columbus and Lowndes County, local politics. During Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting, Kabir said he didn't want to play with little Harry anymore because Harry called Kabir and his playmates a "bad word."
"Bump in the road." Indeed! When our Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans are brutally murdered on what is considered American soil and our the ambassador's body is dragged through the streets of Benghazi, our President Barak Obama says merely of the murders, "It's a bump in the road."
A visit to the visitor's bureau Tuesday evening to meet a few of the contestants in this week's Crappie Masters National Championship confirmed for me one of life's great truths: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will blow the rent at BassPro.
It is hard to imagine a better fit for Starkville's CottonMill project than Columbus developer Mark Castleberry.
It was my strangest encounter with nature yet. I walked toward the greenhouse, rounding the compost pile. On the opposite side of the compost I saw about eight inches of a snake.
In defense of Lynn Wright A thorn to The Commercial Dispatch for publishing a negative opinion of Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright based solely on his failure to return phone calls.
I recently heard a person comment that the difference between thieves and politicians is that there is honor among thieves. Having spent more than 35 years in politics, I take exception to that comment but I can also understand why sometimes people might think so. It only takes one rotten apple to make a whole bushel basket of otherwise good apples look bad.
This week, I received two photographs of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens being dragged through the streets of Benghazi, just before he died. He was bruised and bloody, his clothing filthy and torn. They made me horribly sad.
When he was running for Lowndes County Superintendent of Education, Lynn Wright made a personal visit to the offices of The Dispatch, assuring the newspaper's editorial board that, as superintendent, he would be accessible and available.
For some time now, we've been hearing that you can't fix what's wrong with our education system by throwing money at it.
I enjoyed Peter Imes' article "Non-mechanical teaching" (9-22-2012). He said his teachers helped him to have "the ability to repair computers, use complex software and think critically," skills he "depends on every day."
As duly noted in Sunday's edition of The Dispatch, there is much to like about the Columbus Soccer Complex, which had its grand opening on Saturday.
Since my son was born a little more than six years ago, my wife and I have had countless angst-ridden discussions on what to do when he reached school age. Public, private, boarding, home -- we've weighed every schooling option. He started kindergarten last month, and, though we are thrilled with his school, the dialogue continues.
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