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Voice of the people: 'Intolerable' situation

Over the course of the past year the parking lot at Leigh Mall has become intolerable. The problem is numerous and massive potholes.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Away from the spring break hordes

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

FRONT ROYAL, Va. -- It must have been a harried parent trying to cope while youngsters protested a long drive who invented that car game where you try to spot license plates from all the 50 states. In this the season of school tour groups and cherry blossoms, it's almost too easy.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The Government' is us

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

Twenty years ago today a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children. Maybe it takes you by surprise that it has been so long. Maybe you wonder where the time went. And maybe you remember...

 

Kathleen Parker: Clinton's past and future problem

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past. This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke. We gallop into tomorrow like a dog who mastered the screen-door latch and find little worthy of regard in yesterday.

Local voices: The expensive, competitive world of day care

Posted 4/17/2015 in Local Columns

And so it was ... This phrase, often used in fairy tales or movies when one of the main characters resigns to an interim of less than ideal conditions, is meant to glance over minor details so the consumer can get to the good stuff.

 

Our View: Sloppy law enforcement leaves permanent stain

Posted 4/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The life of one New Hope teenager was irreparably damaged by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department on March 26.

 

Slimantics: When mama fell, we knew her wishes

Posted 4/16/2015 in Local Columns

It was in 2004, one of those warm, sunny mid-March days that suggests an early spring when mama fell.

 

Rheta Johnson: At least not landlocked

Posted 4/16/2015 in Local Columns

It was a "magical place," she says, back in 1992, when her parents bought the big house overlooking the Mississippi Sound in the quaint harbor town of Pass Christian.

 

 

Our View: Thanks to those who enable the umps to shout, 'play ball!'

Posted 4/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Next week, weather permitting, one of the great rites of spring will commence as roughly 1,750 boys and girls hit the diamonds for the opening of youth baseball and softball leagues around the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Voice of the people: John F. Lumsden

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: The Obama Doctrine

Posted 4/15/2015 in National Columns

At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past -- we're looking to the future. I'm not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born."

 

 

Our View: Hail State: MSU marketing efforts beginning to bear fruit

Posted 4/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

As sibling rivalries go, there are few more intense than the one between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Miss. dips its toe in the solar power experiment

Posted 4/14/2015 in Local Columns

Among Mississippi's abundant blessings -- and the state is abundantly blessed -- is sunshine.

 

Possumhaw: Jungle Jane is alive

Posted 4/13/2015 in Local Columns

I suspected Jane Goodall was dead, only to discover she is very much alive and, on April 3, celebrated her 81st birthday.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: The long retreat in the culture war

Posted 4/13/2015 in National Columns

The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars.

 

Ask Rufus: Historical highlights of early Columbus

Posted 4/11/2015 in Local Columns

The first Columbus Pilgrimage was held 75 years ago on April 14 through 16 in 1940. A Pilgrimage guidebook was published that contained a section called "Historical Highlights" of Columbus.

Partick Buchanan: Will Bob Corker Save the GOP?

Posted 4/10/2015 in National Columns

"Pat, sometimes it seems like our friends want me to go over the cliff with flags flying," President Reagan once told me. Today, it is "Bibi" Netanyahu and the neocons howling "kill the deal" and "bomb Iran" who are shoving the Republican Party toward the cliff. The question, which may decide 2016, may be framed thus: Should a Republican Congress meticulously point out the flaws and risks of this nuclear deal with Iran and, if the Iranians do cheat or attempt a breakout, be rewarded for their skepticism and statesmanship?

Lynn Spruill: Have some fun: Volunteer

Posted 4/10/2015 in Local Columns

Next week is National Volunteer Week. Volunteer Starkville uses that week to hold an awards banquet to show appreciation for the copious hours spent by members of the community on causes they hold near and dear. Starkville is joined by co-host, the Maroon Volunteer Center, in sponsoring the event and recognizing MSU volunteers. Volunteer Columbus has a similar recognition luncheon for its cast of outstanding volunteers.

 

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