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Leonard Pitts: Something obscene about civil asset forfeitures

Posted 1/21/2015 in National Columns

Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.

 

 

Our View: People should decide if marijuana should be legalized

Posted 1/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, when the Monroe County Sheriff Department announced it had seized some illegal moonshine whiskey in a rural part of county, the prevailing reaction was mild amusement tinged with nostalgia.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Freedom of expression not easy, but not optional

Posted 1/20/2015 in Local Columns

It took a year, but Tommy Williams got an answer: He was right.

 

Possumhaw: Another one bites the dust

Posted 1/19/2015 in Local Columns

I've been mopey about another bookstore closing.

 

Dana Milbank: The CofC's short memory

Posted 1/19/2015 in National Columns

Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as he gave his annual report on the health of American business Wednesday.

 

Ask Rufus: The Mississippi Choctaws

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

I have had several people ask me to explain how there came to be both the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Birney Imes: Downtown

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

A team from Public Broadcasting System was in town most of last week doing a segment on Main Street for PBS's NewsHour. The piece is not on Main Street in the literal sense, but Main Street as a euphemism for small-town America.

 

Voice of the people: An open letter to the city aldermen of Starkville

I am writing to ask you to reconsider your plan to override Mayor Wiseman's veto with respect to the Equality Resolution and Plus-1 Insurance program for city workers.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Sad days for satire

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

I met Herbert Block, the late, great editorial cartoonist Herblock, in Washington in the early 1980s. Maybe I should say I saw him. "Met" is too strong a word. I never even shook his hand.

 

Leonard Pitts: Pontiff wrong on limiting freedom of expression

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

A few words on the limits to freedom of expression: For what it's worth, there are a few that are acceptable. You don't threaten or incite violence. You don't defame. You don't produce child pornography. And you don't falsely shout "Fire!" in the proverbial crowded theater.

 

Kathleen Parker: Why Obama was probably right not to go the Paris rally

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. The White House has admitted the error.

 

 

Our View: LINK, EMCC and area schools form a promising partnership

Posted 1/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For some time now, officials with the Golden Triangle Development LINK have been stressing the importance of making sure our schools prepare students for the 21st century workplace.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Gerald D. Peters

 

Lynn Spruill: A chill on the Fourth Estate

Posted 1/16/2015 in Local Columns

I was recently watching the always thought provoking CBS Sunday Morning show and saw an opinion piece on the terrorist activities in Paris.

 

Outtakes: Mississippi journalist's book is a rewarding gem

Posted 1/15/2015 in Local Columns

There is a new book out called "Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and other Persons of Interest."

 

 

Our View: 'Hiedi no' for Hiedi Ho

Posted 1/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Figures compiled by the Columbus Police Department revealed 28 police incident reports at Club Hiedi Ho in 2014.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Chris Gottbrath

 

 

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