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Our View: CMSD SPED program takes steps in the right direction

Posted 9/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Although it has yet to hear the final word from the Mississippi Department of Education, it appears the Columbus Municipal School District is well on its way to resolving the troubling issues that emerged in the district's special education program (SPED).



Charlie Mitchell: Public purse not proper for punishment or reward

Posted 9/25/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi could use more leaders like Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher. He says what he thinks, does what he says he is going to do.



Voice of the people: Joseph and Priscilla Ammerman



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.



Patrick Buchanan: Has Russia given up on the West?

Posted 9/24/2018 in National Columns

By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an "evil empire," was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back.



Steve Chapman: On Kavanaugh, does the Senate want the truth?

Posted 9/22/2018 in National Columns

How would the Senate proceed if its highest priority were establishing the truth? That objective should be paramount with regard to the allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, at age 17, tried to rape a 15-year-old girl. Getting the truth is the most important thing for Christine Blasey Ford, the alleged victim, but also for Kavanaugh.


Possumhaw: A walk in the dark

Posted 9/22/2018 in Local Columns

The moon was at the half as I wandered around the yard with a flashlight attempting to gather in the two-year old kittens. Wilhelmina can usually be found reclining on the picnic table, but not always.

Ask Rufus: Spanish Mustangs of the Prairie

Posted 9/22/2018 in Local Columns

Out of the devastation of Hurricane Florence last week came a bit of good news. The wild horse herds of the Carolina barrier islands had weathered the storm in pretty good shape.


Unity Park offers opportunity to honor civil rights leaders

Posted 9/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, the Unity Park Advisory Committee started the nomination process for 2019 honorees, the second year the committee has asked the public for help in identifying community members whose contributions have served to unite citizens and bridge the cultural, racial and economic divides that so often undermine the progress of communities.



Larry Elder: The Times' Nikki Haley smear vs. The Times' G.H.W.B. smear

Posted 9/21/2018 in National Columns

The New York Times' headline read: "Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701." The headline clearly implied that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Haley was a profligate elitist Republican unconcerned about spending taxpayer money.



Our View: School confidence is undermined by accountability score process

Posted 9/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For what it's worth, the Mississippi Department of Education released its annual accountability grade scores for Mississippi schools and school districts on Wednesday.



Mona Charen: Kavanaugh in the #MeToo Era

Posted 9/20/2018 in National Columns

In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford's identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement.



Our View: CMSD program a good step in improving parent participation

Posted 9/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When schools struggle, there are always a variety of factors presented to explain the problem - everything from funding to poor leadership to poverty to the breakdown of society, depending on who you listen to.



Wyatt Emmerich: Criminal justice reform gains momentum

Posted 9/19/2018 in Local Columns

One of the most disturbing statistics for our country is the sky-high incarceration rate. America has by far the highest incarceration rates in the world.



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