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Slimantics: Good intentions, empty words

Posted 4/14/2016 in Local Columns

At noon Wednesday, a half hour into a student sit-in on the front steps of Lee Hall, a small group of reporters were led through a side entrance and up to the fourth floor of the beautifully-renovated old building where the office of Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum is located.


Voice of the people: Roger Wade



Our View: Philip Hickman's troubled tenure

Posted 4/13/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the spring of 2014, when the Columbus Municipal School District began its search for its fourth superintendent in as many years, we urged the school board to bring in a leader whose credibility, integrity, transparency and sound judgment would mark a turning point for a troubled school system.



Local voices: Libraries, now more than ever

Posted 4/13/2016 in Local Columns

I have an ongoing argument with a family member who claims that since the invention of the Internet, libraries have become obsolete.



Voice of the people: Ray Crane



Voice of the people: Lane Hardy Pierrot


Slimantics: Starkville Snake raise questions about pets

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

We do not know its name or even its gender, yet for the past two weeks the biggest celebrity in these parts has been a red-tailed boa constrictor that somehow escaped from its Starkville home on March 18.


Michael F. Smith: Mississippi: Another crooked letter for us all

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

This is what I'd like to know. I'd like to know how many times Gov. Phil Bryant, or any of his blind legislative followers, have been blocked from praying to their God, or attending the church of their choice, or reading their Bible, or going on a mission trip, by a person of another race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.



Voice of the people: Terri Green


Possumhaw: Bioluminescence

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

Our prairie grass grew tall, until Sam retrieved his 1994 Dixon lawnmower from the shed. All across the Prairie lawnmowers and tractors with bush hogs came to life.


Charlie Mitchell: Mississippians will suffer from legislative hissy fit

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

How much courage does it take to do nothing? Seriously.



Voice of the people: Gary Foster

I've never written a letter to the editor before, but having known Fred Kinder since we both worked in the mall some 30 years or so ago, after seeing him on Sunday's front page I just feel compelled.


Ask Rufus: The mint juleps of Columbus

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Columns

Spring has arrived in all its floral glory and it is time to again ponder that traditional Southern libation, the Mint Julep.


Patrick Buchanan: Can the GOP get together in Cleveland?

Posted 4/9/2016 in National Columns

After winning only six delegates in Wisconsin, and with Ted Cruz poaching delegates in states he has won, like Louisiana, Donald Trump either wins on the first ballot at Cleveland, or Trump does not win.


Jamie Stiehm: Notes on a Wisconsin political season

Posted 4/9/2016 in National Columns

The Wisconsin primary was a moment for all candidates concerned. It delivered a jolt to brash Donald Trump, who lost to smarmy Ted Cruz.


Leonard Pitts: Doesn't Mississippi have more pressing concerns?

Posted 4/9/2016 in National Columns

A portrait of Mississippi.



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