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Slimantics: Taxpayers are losers in E911 funding shell game

Posted 9/17/2015 in Local Columns

Wednesday in Starkville, a group of local emergency management officials met to hear from Bob Wedgeworth, president of the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association (MCDEMA) discuss the group's legislative agenda.


Thomas Sowell: Opportunity versus outcomes

Posted 9/17/2015 in National Columns

A hostile review of my new book -- "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" -- said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable."



Our View: While improving, student participation in WorkKeys test needs more encouragement

Posted 9/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It used to be that what distinguished a "good job" from all the rest was based on when you showered: The person with the good job showered before work; all the others showered after work.



Voice of the people: Andre Deforrest Roberts



Patrick Buchanan: Purging America's heroes

Posted 9/16/2015 in National Columns

With that kumbayah moment at the Capitol in South Carolina, when the Battle Flag of the Confederacy was lowered forever to the cheers and tears of all, a purgation of the detestable relics of evil that permeate American public life began.



Our View: Selection process casts pall over judge appointment

Posted 9/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus city council is expected to appoint a new municipal judge tonight.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Charlie Mitchell: Could state finally be serious about learning to read?

Posted 9/15/2015 in Local Columns

A well-worn adage in education circles is that children must learn to read in grades one-three because afterward they must read to learn.



Susan Estrich: The lesson of Kim Davis

Posted 9/14/2015 in National Columns

Raising her arms in a sign of victory, Kim Davis -- the now-famous Kentucky clerk who was jailed for contempt when she refused to obey a court order that she (and every clerk in the state) issue licenses to same-sex couples -- was released from jail this week.


Possumhaw: The beauty of color

Posted 9/14/2015 in Local Columns

On occasion, while teaching a class of adults, I would arrive with colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, sparkles and assorted craft supplies. It was playtime.

Ask Rufus: The Butterfly and the Hummingbird

Posted 9/12/2015 in Local Columns

Lately I have been enjoying taking photographs of hummingbirds and butterflies at the butterfly garden on the Riverwalk.


Our View: MSU erred in aftermath of 'active shooter' incident

Posted 9/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, Mississippi State University was notified by a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer that a suicidal student was on campus and intended to shoot himself or others.


Lynn Spruill: Convictions have consequences

Posted 9/11/2015 in Local Columns

This is not a new theme for me, so let me reiterate a core belief.


Patrick Buchanan: Kim Davis vs. judicial tyranny

Posted 9/11/2015 in National Columns



Our View: It is wise to look beyond the numbers

Posted 9/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Cats are better than dogs -- and vice versa -- as statistics, studies, magazine rankings and polls clearly indicate.



Patrick Buchanan: Islam's conquest of Europe

Posted 9/10/2015 in National Columns

"Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide," wrote James Burnham in his 1964 "Suicide of the West."



Our View: Horse park another giant step closer to reality

Posted 9/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For more than a year now, Lowndes County and the Mississippi State University Extension Service have been working on plans to build a multi-purpose outdoor facility that could be used for horse and livestock shows, 4H competitions and just about any other event suited to a large covered space.



Voice of the people: Andre Deforrest Roberts



Charlie Mitchell: Public's 'sword' can be used as shield by officials

Posted 9/8/2015 in Local Columns

Mississippi's access laws were designed as a sword for citizens seeking truth, but can become into a shield in the hands of reluctant public officials.



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