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Charlie Mitchell: 'Better Schools' coalition shows no sign of retreat

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

OXFORD -- It's not clear what members of the Mississippi Legislature thought would happen after they voted to foil a citizen initiative to improve public school funding. It is clear that the Better Schools Better Jobs organization has decided not to wrinkle its collective brow, tear up and run away.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Google Glass Joins the failure hall of fame

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

 

 

Our View: History we can see and touch

Posted 2/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, Brother Rogers, assistant director at the Stennis Center for Public Policy in Starkville, was the guest speaker at the Exchange Club of Columbus.

 

Lynn Spruill: A tax we need to keep in place

Posted 2/6/2015 in Local Columns

Starkville is about to transition to an advisory park commission.

 

Dana Milbank: Ashton Carter likely to break hawks' hearts

Posted 2/6/2015 in National Columns

The hawks were swooning.

 

Slimantics: Between a rock and a masterpiece

Posted 2/5/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past four days, there are a few news items football fans were certain to note.

 

Froma Harrop: A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

Posted 2/5/2015 in National Columns

She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer.

 

Slimantics: Harper Lee's newest (oldest) book piques interest of readers, authors alike

Posted 2/4/2015 in Local Columns

Years ago, when my children were young and devoted Harry Potter fans, the prospects of another Harry Potter book produced an almost palpable sense of anticipation.

 

Voice of the people: R.G. Foerster

 

 

Susan Estrich: The byzantine world of modern medicine

Posted 2/4/2015 in National Columns

I spent the last three months of 2014 in another country. Over the course of those months, I was hospitalized five times in two different hospitals.

 

 

Our View: Harry Sanders' sure-footed stewardship

Posted 2/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When Lowndes County Supervisors sold the county hospital it 2006, it produced a $30-million nest egg and a world of temptation.

 

 

Frances Hairston: Hometown newspapers, a rare thing

Posted 2/3/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus is proud of its downtown and is always trying to support the various businesses.

 

 

Froma Harrop: What killed the 'American Sniper'?

Posted 2/3/2015 in National Columns

The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Free tuition at community college should just be the start

Posted 2/2/2015 in National Columns

It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem.

 

Possumhaw: The house that love built

Posted 2/2/2015 in Local Columns

"It's a small house, a fixer-upper. Could you be happy there until we can build our own?" The young man had his concerns.

Ask Rufus: 'Oh see the boat go round the bend'

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.

Birney Imes: And the bride wore ... a parachute?

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

"Did your mother use these much?" I asked my wife. I was washing dishes after a meal served on her mother's wedding china. "Hardly ever," Beth replied. "They didn't have much to choose from back then," she said, by way of explaining the pattern. And then, to make her point: "She got married in a dress made from a parachute."

 

Voice of the people: A vile and boggy odor

Some mornings I go outside to meet the morning freshness and am greeted by a vile and boggy odor. It seems to creep over Columbus before sunrise, from one of the industrial presences south of town.

 

 

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