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Our view: Empower Holloway as OCSD's conservator now, not next year

Posted 3/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

While state lawmakers in Jackson guide Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger legislation, one very important issue is sure to re-emerge, the early appointment of Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway as Oktibbeha County School District conservator.


Possumhaw: Weaving an undeniable spell

Posted 3/17/2014 in Local Columns

The boys were all excited about their fishing weekend. Tim wanted to kick off his recent retirement, and Greg, looking forward to the birth of his second child, wanted a quiet weekend to fish; Sam agreed to host. Quick to seize opportunity, I called my college roommate, Toni, and suggested we meet for a girls' night.


Charlie Mitchell: World could do worse than to go to the dogs

Posted 3/17/2014 in Local Columns

People say the world is going to the dogs. We could do worse.



Raymond Gross: Walking the walk

While watching our local news after the Ole Miss/State game, I saw a Sen. Cochran campaign ad during one of the commercial breaks.



Lee Jones Hackett: Appreciates column on Beneke

I really enjoyed William Browning's article (Browning on Business, March 13) about Beneke. That it would close after all these years is just unthinkable in my mind.


Lynn Spruill: Beyond our comfort zone

Posted 3/15/2014 in Local Columns

The Starkville Community Theater recently performed "Steel Magnolias." The play version is similar in story line, but very different in execution from the movie. Unlike the movie, the play is an all woman show with a cast of six characters. It was a wonderful show and one that the theater and the community should be very proud of having in its complement of theater productions.


Kathleen Parker: Two ferns and a president

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

I must need to smoke pot. How else to explain why I wasn't getting President Obama's interview on "Between Two Ferns," the Web show hosted by Zach Galifianakis of "The Hangover" fame.



Rheta Johnson: Rooms with a view

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

Somewhere in a shoebox beneath a bed, I have photographs of the Mentone Springs Hotel, a Victorian lodging built 130 years ago on the western brow of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama.



Leonard Pitts: Justin Bieber is a jerk, and it's your fault

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.



Browning on Business: Historic Columbus business facing tough time

Posted 3/13/2014 in Local Columns

If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.



Hurray for GOP tax plan

Posted 3/13/2014 in National Columns

A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.



The Dispatch responds

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

The essence of the editorial in question is that the public is not served by the city's practice of holding non-quorum meetings (four different instances in a month's time, that we know of) and by slowing the process of releasing public information. We stand by those assertions.



Our View: Right question. Wrong week.

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday, a week after Columbus mayor Robert Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club, a Rotarian asked the guest speaker how he could exert his influence on the Columbus Municipal School Board in an effort to reverse recent decline. This week's speaker was not the mayor, however. It was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.



Mayor responds to critical editorial

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

I feel compelled to write a letter in answer to The Dispatch's "Our View" piece from March 7, 2014, titled "City's policies are an insult to the people." The column claims that the people of Columbus should be insulted by the conduct of The City.



Lumumba administration didn't fit detractors' expectations

Posted 3/11/2014 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- In the aftermath Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's death, a consensus seems to have emerged, at least among his detractors, that he had mellowed with age.



The newest federalism

Posted 3/11/2014 in National Columns

When he came to Washington in 1981, Ronald Reagan made much of his commitment to the "new federalism," which in that case, like so many others, had very little to do with federalism.



Our View: Crawfish shortage a depressing reality

Posted 3/11/2014 in Local Columns

The unseasonably cold and lingering winter has left many of us in a depressed mood. As it turns out, that goes for crawfish, too.



Mississippi Voices: Cochran's tea party challenger

Posted 3/10/2014 in National Columns

The race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi's great political irony.


Birthday baubles or knuckle-busters

Posted 3/10/2014 in Local Columns

Over and over again I watched Sam haul heavy bundles of yard cuttings and leaves over to the habitat pile. It touched my heart deep.


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