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Michael Gerson: Obama's 'gifts' to the nation

Posted 11/8/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received.

 

 

Our View: NO dogs allowed?

Posted 11/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During its regular meeting, the Starkville Board of Aldermen passed by a 6-1 vote a proposal to temporarily ban pets - essentially dogs - from its three public cemeteries.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: More states are passing own minimum wage laws

Posted 11/7/2014 in Local Columns

As with many public policies, the idea of a government-set minimum wage started small.

 

 

Our View: Candidates and criticism

Posted 11/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Aside from a run-off for the District 17 state senate, the election season ended Tuesday, when Golden Triangle went to the polls in what election officials say were modest numbers.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Progressives don't need Washington all that much

Posted 11/6/2014 in National Columns

The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives.

 

 

Voice of the people: Berry Hinds

 

 

Our View: Where are all the women?

Posted 11/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

What is the most under-represented group in our local, state and federal government?

 

 

Michael Gerson: Only Reagan can be Reagan

Posted 11/5/2014 in National Columns

The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun.

 

 

Voice of the people: J. Dwight Dyess

 

Slimantics: An American music true to its roots

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

I despise country music and I'm not too keen about the music you generally hear in church, either. This was not always the case.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Unsung heroes walk the halls of America's hospitals

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

Let's pause in praise of nurses.

 

 

Our View: Time for a change?

Posted 11/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The semi-annual grumbling commenced Sunday with the arrival of Standard Time. It will surely emerge again on March 8 with the arrival of Daylight Savings Time.

 

Possumhaw: When one thing leads to another

Posted 11/3/2014 in Local Columns

Sam said the Saints game would be over in 5 minutes 29 seconds and then we could go for a bike ride but I'd been around that block before and I knew that a televised game of 5 minutes would be at least another 30 so I headed out to the lake.

 

Voice of the people: Chad Scott

I think more information needs to be shared with the public on who came up with the formula, and its merits. Will more money help students want to learn, be motivated, and take initiative?

 

 

Michael Gerson: Bill Gates' moment

Posted 11/3/2014 in National Columns

"Ebola has reminded people that it is not just poor people who can die of infectious disease," Bill Gates tells me, in a characteristically matter-of-fact tone.

 

Ask Rufus: Forever lost

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

I recall years ago that Greenpeace had a T-shirt out with a dinosaur pictured on it. The text around the dinosaur said, "Extinct means forever."

Slim Smith: Mississippi's Man of La Mancha

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

It is a little after 2 p.m. Friday and Shawn O'Hara interrupts the interview as his driver, Pancho Sancho, er, Eli "Sarge" Jackson, gets into the car. The two candidates are criss-crossing the state on the campaign train in advance of Tuesday's general election.

 

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