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Our View: School bond issue passes; OK, what now?

Posted 5/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When voters passed a $44 million bond for additions and improvements in the Lowndes County School District by the narrowest of margins, it brought to an end a difficult 10-month struggle for bond supporters.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The left is so wrong on trade

Posted 5/14/2015 in National Columns

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold.

 

 

Our View: Cops should not be strangers

Posted 5/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Law enforcement officers have been much in the news in recent weeks, for varying reasons -- all of them heart-breaking.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's eloquent defense of Christianity

Posted 5/13/2015 in National Columns

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians -- inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

 

 

Our View: The importance of reading

Posted 5/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Racist' an attitude; racism is an inheritance

Posted 5/12/2015 in Local Columns

People know what "sexist" means. A sexist believes people of the opposite gender are inferior. A policy or law is sexist it if is based on this belief.

 

Possumhaw: Gifts that keep on giving

Posted 5/11/2015 in Local Columns

This time of year I find it hard to do anything but work in the yard.

 

Voice of the people: Nell Bateman

 

 

Froma Harrop: Defeatism in Baltimore

Posted 5/11/2015 in National Columns

Using the most bloodless terms, an economist explained the failure or inability of so many African-Americans to rise from their impoverished circumstances. They do not respond to the economic incentives that push others to study and strive, he said.

 

Ask Rufus: A personal story

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.

Birney Imes: The curious case of Mark Landis

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

"Things are seldom as they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream." -- Mark Landis quoting Gilbert and Sullivan It doesn't happen often, but every now and then the gods offer up someone who is doing something for which there is no precedent. Because we've not seen it before, we are not sure how to react and acceptance varies, sometimes to the extreme. Take Mark Landis, for example.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The incredible journey of a paperboy

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

Almost everybody I've ever known in the newspaper business threatens at some point to write a book. Few do. I guess it's realizing that you spit out enough words in daily increments to complete "War and Peace" 50 times that makes you think writing a book would be a piece of cake. And, yes, make that a best seller while we're at it.

 

Kathleen Parker: Pamela Geller's abuse of free speech

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative contest in Texas of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.

 

Bill Crawford: Legislature undercuts Fisher's efforts to clean-up prison system

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so difficult? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. "His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities," said Bryant.

 

 

Partick Buchanan: On a fast track to national ruin

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

In the first quarter of 2015, in the sixth year of the historic Obama recovery, the U.S. economy grew by two-tenths of 1 percent. And that probably sugarcoats it. For trade deficits subtract from the growth of GDP, and the U.S. trade deficit that just came in was a monster.

 

 

Our View: Dr. Doris Taylor

Posted 5/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Not all famous people are important; a cursory glance of pop culture landscape will confirm that.

 

Lynn Spruill: The three C's of politics

Posted 5/8/2015 in Local Columns

When I lived in Dallas, Texas, back when men were men and women ran the state, Jim Wright was a big name who cast a very big shadow across the metroplex of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

 

Leonard Pitts: Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP

Posted 5/8/2015 in National Columns

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."

 

 

Our View: Put remaining paving funds where they're most needed

Posted 5/7/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Although April's wet weather has caused some delays with the city of Columbus' paving projects, the project should be completed this month. Still though, a new decision about paving awaits the council.

 

 

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