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Froma Harrop: Energy beggars no more

Posted 11/10/2015 in National Columns

The Obama administration has finally passed judgment on the Keystone XL pipeline, and it's a thumbs-down.



Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi's declining prison population

Posted 11/9/2015 in Local Columns

The motivations are different, but the result is the same.


Possumhaw: Always alone and looking

Posted 11/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last week, rounding the corner of the porch, I came face to face with a young deer lying in the grass, not 50 feet away. We stared; neither moved. She was lying at the edge of some trees, not hidden, even though the sun had been up for hours.


Our View: Recent downtown crimes should not be cause for panic

Posted 11/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past five days, reports of an assault on one woman and an armed robbery of two others have touched off a bit of a panic on social media, which may ultimately do more harm than good.


Birney Imes: At home in the world

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Columns

In early January of 2014, Jessica Austin boarded a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines jet in Washington D.C. and flew to Istanbul, Turkey. She knew no one in Istanbul. She did not have a place to stay, nor did she have a job waiting on her.

Ask Rufus: Remembering

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Columns

Veterans Day is the day set aside to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our county.


Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Rodeo and his Kentucky thoroughbreds

Posted 11/7/2015 in National Columns

PARIS, Kentucky -- The smallish Eiffel Tower snug to the chamber of commerce office isn't exactly what put me in mind of the other, more famous, Paris. It was the giant sycamores lining the narrow lanes of this town that did the trick.


Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush, free at last

Posted 11/7/2015 in National Columns

If the truth sets us free, then Bush family members should be warbling from rooftops. At least one Bush, patriarch George H.W. Bush, has been singing his heart out with author Jon Meacham, whose biography of the 41st president will soon be released.


Susan Estrich: Marco Rubio's money problems

Posted 11/7/2015 in National Columns

It worked like a charm in the last debate. Marco Rubio knew he'd be questioned about his personal finances. When members of the Senate co-mingle campaign and personal funds, face foreclosures on second homes and are forced to liquidate their retirement funds (and pay thousands of dollars in taxes), it gets noticed -- especially if they're running for president.



Our View: Minor's work illustrates the power of reporting

Posted 11/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In 1947, the New Orleans Times-Picayune sent a 25-year-old reporter Louisiana native to Jackson to become the newspaper's one-man Mississippi bureau. He was dispatched with just one instruction: "Go."


Lynn Spruill: Saying a grateful good-bye

Posted 11/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Starkville held their last formal meeting in the old location this week.


Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush doesn't know how to fight

Posted 11/6/2015 in National Columns

Soon after Wednesday night's Republican debate, the phone rang: "Did the fat lady sing?" asked the voice on the other end.



Our View: Mark Keenum's game of (no) change

Posted 11/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a good thing that Dean Colvard, and not Mark Keenum, was the president of Mississippi State University in March 1963.



Charlie Mitchell: Word 'privatize' has vanished; privatization hasn't

Posted 11/5/2015 in Local Columns

Twenty or so years ago, 'privatize' became a big word. The trend had started slowly.



Our View: Who won the election? It depends on how you view it

Posted 11/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters throughout the state went to the polls to determine local, regional and state races, as well as a proposal to amend the state's constitution.



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