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Kathleen Parker: Answering the atrocities of ISIS

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

With each of their actions, the world has provided a predictable reaction. There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The slave wears Prada: confusion on the red carpet

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

 

 

Our View: Perkins' charge of racism is unsubstantiated, divisive

Posted 2/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Roy A. Perkins is the most experienced member of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, which makes his recent conduct all the more inexcusable.

 

Lynn Spruill: A humdinger of a meeting

Posted 2/20/2015 in Local Columns

There are board meetings and then there are board meetings.

 

Michael Gerson: An outsourced government

Posted 2/20/2015 in National Columns

For the six years of the Obama presidency, or perhaps the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan's election, American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Believers of Ernst hoax say a lot about who we are

Posted 2/20/2015 in National Columns

"Unbelievably sad." That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week.

 

Slimantics: A tale of two immigrant groups

Posted 2/19/2015 in Local Columns

I saw a documentary on immigration two nights ago and I was fascinated by what I learned, although it painted a disturbing picture.

 

Voice of the people: James L Holzhauer, MD

 

 

Our View: Legislative session show marks of election-year politics

Posted 2/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One sure indicator of an election year is to look at the bills that are being considered during the legislative session.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Honoring our presidents

Posted 2/18/2015 in National Columns

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

 

 

Our View: Lowndes School board on message for second bond issue vote

Posted 2/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School Board would like you to know that the main reason last summer's school bond issue failed at the polls was because of some truly awful messaging.

 

 

Voice of the people: John Ross

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Reaching the masses

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The New York Times comes to the mailbox in fits and starts, sometimes three papers a day, often none at all.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Energy giant gets comeuppance from Supreme Court

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The little guy has won a slobber-knocker in Mississippi.

 

Slimantics: Saturday Night Live: The best cast ever

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year with a 3 1/2-hour prime time special Sunday evening.

Possumhaw: Just about time for serious fishing

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

As the days grow longer and the sun shines warmer and the occasional temperatures tip 70 degrees, a retired man's fancy turns to fishing.

Ask Rufus: When the bridge opened

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.

Birney Imes: David Carr's grand caper

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.

 

Voice of the people: Two historic churches

 

 

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