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Slim Smith: When breaking ground means breaking a vow

Posted 5/4/2014 in Local Columns

Hell froze over Saturday morning: I planted a garden, thus fulfilling an ancient prophecy.


Voice of the people: Mike Willis

What happened to the ordinance on saggy pants.



Kathleen Parker: The sobering message from Cliven Bundy's and Donald Sterling's words

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Say what you will, but you'd best check for recording devices. Alternatively, you might check your thoughts.



Froma Harrop: Americans tire of solving everyone's problems

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Americans want a smaller role in global affairs than the stage-hogging part we command today. Nearly half say the U.S. should be less active minding the world's business, and only 19 percent say more so, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests.


Charles Krauthammer: Obama's foreign policy of denial

Posted 5/3/2014 in National Columns

Barack Obama's 949-word response Monday to a question about foreign policy weakness showed the president at his worst: defensive, irritable, contradictory and at times detached from reality.


Our View: What if helping became a habit?

Posted 5/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The aftermath of storms such as the ones we witnessed this week remind of what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature."



Wyatt Emmerich: Federally funded community storm shelters a waste of money

Posted 5/2/2014 in Local Columns

As the recent tragic storms have once again proven, April and May are tornado season in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fifth most tornadoes in the nation and is number one in tornado deaths with an average of 10 fatalities per year.


Slimantics: Voter fraud is more a question of 'who' than 'how'

Posted 5/1/2014 in Local Columns

During the month of April, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann began criss-crossing the state -- at taxpayer expense, naturally -- to promote the state-mandated Voter ID law that will require Mississippians to produce a state-issued ID before casting a ballot.


Voice of the people: Dr. James W. Hunt and Jane Stewart Hunt



Voice of the people: Walton Chaney


Partial to Home: The morning after, talk turns to the night before

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

By 10 o'clock Tuesday morning Bobby Ray had almost finished picking up storm debris in his yard on Tabernacle Road when neighbor Ricky Ward showed up. The two are old friends, their friendship rooted in their shared passion for dirt-track racing.

Slimantics: A community comes together

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

A couple of miles down Lee-Stokes Road, where Pleasant Hill Baptist Church sits on a hill above a cluster of modest brick homes where Lacy Road runs into Pleasant Hill Road, church pastor Bill Hurt wearily tended his flock, scattered but unharmed after a pair of Monday tornadoes plowed through East Columbus.

Storm journal: Residents rally in the storm's aftermath

Posted 4/29/2014 in Local Columns

Maybe there is something to that old saying, "The good guys wear white hats."


Our View: When the new media is more than 'social'

Posted 4/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Anyone old enough to have an AARP card remembers when major storms were accompanied by a painfully slow dissemination of news. When the old telephone, radio and TV transmission lines were interrupted, storm survivors and their family and friends far away waited anxiously for news.



Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi borrows a bit of strategy from Gen. Patton

Posted 4/29/2014 in Local Columns

In "Patton," George C. Scott portrays the aggressive and effective World War II general. He finds an otherwise able soldier cowering in a hospital and slaps him.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Voice of the people: William Ford, M.D.



Voice of the people: Laura Andrade



Our View: A holiday we should give up

Posted 4/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.


Possumhaw: One night in the pen

Posted 4/28/2014 in Local Columns

The bunny numbers had grown to four, though not in the usual way. The first bunny, small and untamed, was Toby. He began his life at the Bardwells in a birdcage that opened into a small bathroom.


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