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Other Editors: Give Common Core a chance

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi's two key K-12 education leaders, Board of Education Chairman Wayne Gann and State Superintendent Carey Wright, rejected quickly and firmly on Friday Gov. Phil Bryant's claims that the Common Core school standards is a "failed program" run by the federal government to the harm of local schools and the state.

 

Ask Rufus: Gardens of 'Youth and Old Age'

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

Gardens around the South are filled each summer with beautiful multicolored zinnias.

Birney Imes: The constant gardener

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

When Melchie Koonce was growing up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, he worked summers with his brother-in-law opening and closing floodgates in rice patties. The mosquitoes were so thick the boys wore nets over their heads while they worked. To combat boredom one of them came up with the idea of seeing who could catch the most snakes. They would grab the snakes and throw them into croaker sacks.

Roses and thorns: 6/29/14

Posted 6/28/2014 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to New Hope baseball coach Lee Boyd who frequently deflected credit for the Trojans' back-to-back state Class 5A baseball champions away from himself and to his players. While his players certainly deserve their share of the credit, Boyd's contributions are difficult to dismiss.

 

Voice of the people: Alice Stallworth Lancaster

On Page 8A of the June 25, 2014, Dispatch, I see the article titled "Highway loop construction nears end."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Her writing rocks

Posted 6/28/2014 in National Columns

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, there's a story about popular novels versus serious novels. It asks the question: Can they be one and the same? In the course of not reaching any conclusions, the article quotes a critic who complains: "Doesn't anyone care how something is written anymore?"

 

 

Dana Milbank: The Great Conciliator and a bygone era

Posted 6/28/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., went to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to announce the death of Howard Baker, his words recalled not just his revered predecessor but an earlier, worthier cohort of American politicians.

 

Michael Gerson: An arrogant and lawless IRS

Posted 6/28/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Noted management expert and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was apparently called out of retirement -- like the Ted Williams of evasive, unapologetic bureaucrats -- to destroy what is left of his agency's credibility.

 

Outtakes: Lost traveler yearns for home

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Columns

This woman in ill-fitting, soiled clothes sat beside a shuttered gas station in front of Leigh Mall. I would pass by in the middle of the day and see her. This went on for weeks. We all have places to go.

 

 

Michael Gerson: The power of authenticity

Posted 6/27/2014 in National Columns

When I worked as a Senate aide in the early 1990s, the state of New York was represented by two figures who could hardly have been more different.

 

 

Our View: Reading to your children: It's never too soon

Posted 6/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When should parents begin reading to their children? Research says it's never too soon.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Obama's political bogey

Posted 6/26/2014 in Local Columns

On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq -- and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

 

Froma Harrop: In Mississippi the right's mistake was waking the others

Posted 6/26/2014 in National Columns

The tea partyers made a serious blunder in Mississippi, costing them a runoff win: They carelessly slipped their magic passion potion to the opposition.

 

Our View: On the cutting edge with Aurora

Posted 6/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It's not often that Mississippi finds itself on the cutting edge. More often than not, new ideas, technologies, fashions and fads seem to arrive here after a bit of a lag.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Changing lives overnight

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Columns

Bill Manduca, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.

 

 

Slimantics: World Cup shocker: Soccer 1, Nap 0

Posted 6/24/2014 in Local Columns

Something truly remarkable happened Sunday afternoon: Americans in large numbers watched a soccer match.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Use your hands

Posted 6/24/2014 in National Columns

Have you stopped using your hands? Do your fingers struggle to sign your name? Is chopping an onion with a knife hard work? Must you call someone to fix a cabinet door off the hinges? Is it agony to sew on a button?

 

 

Our View: Vote for Cochran on Tuesday

Posted 6/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters will again go to the polls across the state to determine the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Thad Cochran faces tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Tuesday runoff with the winner facing former U.S. Representative Travis Childers in the November general election.

 

Possumhaw: Time is not on your side

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

It was one of those odd days when plans went awry and I found myself hanging. "All dressed up and no place to go," as they say.

Ask Rufus: Did the buffalo roam?

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

I have often been asked, "If the Black Prairie really is a prairie, were there once buffalo around here?"

 

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