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Mississippi Voices: State's toughest, best editorial writer lives in Rolling Fork

Posted 10/21/2013 in Local Columns

Mississippi's journalism annuls are filled with stories of courage and strength under pressure. Most of those stories emanate from the civil rights era -- when truth in reporting wasn't valued in some quarters and thugs believed they could dictate the news with their fists, a burning cross or a shotgun.

Possumhaw: Living the good life

Posted 10/21/2013 in Local Columns

Campers are an interesting lot. They've always been the nicest folks -- they share, they help, they send Christmas cards.

Adele Elliott: Mississippi sinking

Posted 10/19/2013 in Local Columns

I suppose we are all aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are a lot of fundraisers, pink ribbons being worn and commercials reminding us to keep up with our self-exams. Even the professional football teams are on this bandwagon, with pink additions to their uniforms in gloves, shoes, socks and all sorts of masculine equipment dyed a bright, rosy pink.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippians should be proud of C Spire

Posted 10/19/2013 in Local Columns

As some readers may have noticed, I have been a big fan of C Spire. This is not just because my brother-in-law Terrell Knight works there. Or that my father-in-law Bob Knight and the Creekmores were college buddies. Nor is it because they run big ads in newspapers. (Though none of that hurts!)



Leonard Pitts: Tea Party's true believers thrive on rejection

Posted 10/19/2013 in National Columns

Last week, hours before a historic default, Congress finally stopped playing chicken with the world's largest economy and ended the government shutdown. So . . . hurray, right?



Susan Estrich: Goodbye, affirmative action

Posted 10/19/2013 in National Columns

If Tuesday's argument before the Supreme Court is any indication, a Michigan law prohibiting "preferential treatment" is on its way to being upheld by the United States Supreme Court. The law was held unconstitutional last year by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals because, in their view, the primarily white electorate was taking away from minorities the benefits of an admissions policy that supported racial diversity in the state college and university system.



Our view: No time for guerrilla warfare

Posted 10/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the waning days of the Confederacy, when defeat was inevitable, the only remaining question for the CSA commanders and administration was whether to surrender or disperse its crippled army into hundreds of guerrilla units and fight on in a effort to wear down the U.S. Army's resolve.



Charles Krauthammer: Redskins and reason

Posted 10/18/2013 in National Columns



Lynn Spruill: Excellence is contagious

Posted 10/17/2013 in Local Columns

The first and most visible step in the sea change that will be occurring in downtown Starkville has just occurred. If you haven't looked recently, the old electric department building that served as the west end of Main Street is gone.



Froma Harrop: Fashion can't be tech's new big thing

Posted 10/17/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Criteria for public school ratings gets another look

Posted 10/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A month after releasing the results of its accountability ratings for the 2012-2013 school year, the State Board of Education is again tinkering with how is measures the success or failure of our school districts.


Slimantics: When 'virtual' is the only reality

Posted 10/16/2013 in Local Columns

Thursday's edition of The Dispatch will include a story about a group of mostly older women who gather in Columbus once at week to compete in a bowling league. Somewhere, there are 20-somethings shaking their heads in amusement: Don't these women have a bowling app on their smartphones?


Charlie Mitchell: Push to personalize may pigeonhole the populace

Posted 10/16/2013 in Local Columns



Voice of the People: Cameron Triplett



Voice of the people: Mike Willis



Our view: It's a good idea; let's steal it!

Posted 10/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Dispatch generally frowns upon stealing in every form. But we are prepared to make an exception in the case of what will be happening in Natchez next month.



Frances Hairston: The beauty of the bois d'arc

Posted 10/15/2013 in Local Columns

If you have never had the privilege of viewing the beauty of a large bodock tree from your own yard, you've missed something. A gnarly looking twisting structure of a tree with big lime green fruit with a pebbly texture, the bodock could well be the official tree of the Prairie.



Voice of the people: Jay Lacklen


Possumhaw: Fall fishing at the creek

Posted 10/14/2013 in Local Columns

"Nose into the wake," Sam hollered. We were out for a little kayak fishing on Bear Creek when three fancy bass boats sped by. As luck would have it, there was a bass tournament going on.


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