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Leonard Pitts: Wondering 'what if' as U.S. forces head back to the Middle East

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Stats reveal fallacy of taxpayer-subsidised megadeals

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent. I remember in the 90s when Mississippi's unemployment rate was two full percentage points better than the national average.

 

 

George Hazard: 'Wrap it in maroon and white'

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

A pleasant Southland breeze brought the unique and imperishable radio calls to Verona's Lee Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday. There, under a maroon-and-white burial-vault cover, Mississippi State radioman Jack Cristil was buried. The service lasted about 20 minutes after the hearse arrived flying a State flag.

 

 

Our View: Legal? Yes. Ethical? Not quite.

Posted 9/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Awkward. Embarrassing. Uncomfortable. Familiar. Any of these words could be used to describe the moment during Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting when assistant superintendent Craig Shannon, in his one and only act as the district's temporary personnel director, recommended the hiring of the wife of schools superintendent Philip Hickman for a teaching position.

 

Lynn Spruill: Make it pretty

Posted 9/12/2014 in Local Columns

The psychology of beauty is undeniable.

 

Our View: Starkville's insurance plan makes sense

Posted 9/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In the city of Starkville's last regular meeting, the board of aldermen voted to implement a "plus-one" insurance plan which, among other things, allows a city employee to add another adult to their health insurance policy.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Bubba and Dubya pal it up

Posted 9/11/2014 in National Columns

Now it can be told: Bill Clinton was a secret adviser to George W. Bush.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Casino fantasies

Posted 9/11/2014 in National Columns

The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

 

Slimantics: Bullish on Columbus ...

Posted 9/10/2014 in Local Columns

Generally, when something in Mississippi attracts the interest of those in other parts of the country, it is not a pleasant thing.

 

Voice of the people: Billy Wilemon Jr.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Casino sheen is fading, but no rescue effort is likely

Posted 9/10/2014 in Local Columns

Grass is reclaiming the acres of parking that served what was Mississippi's largest casino complex. One white pickup with a blinking orange light now prowls the vast real estate of Harrah's Tunica -- the only security remaining from 1,000 folks who lost jobs three months ago when Caesar's Entertainment decided to stop losing money at the venue and shut it down.

 

 

Our View: Jack Cristil signs off

Posted 9/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Jim Ellis has delivered the play-by-play descriptions of Mississippi State football since 2012 and has been part of the MSU broadcast team for more than 30years, but not even Ellis would dare call himself the "Voice of the Bulldogs."

 

 

Local Voices: When theatre comes alive in Columbus

Posted 9/9/2014 in Local Columns

As the intimacy of candles gives way to the clarity of lightning, the curtain comes down on Tennessee Williams' powerful foray into the secret dimensions of the human heart. This brilliant production of The Glass Menagerie sparks with an intensity rarely found in hometown productions.

 

Thomas Sowell: Mob rule economics

Posted 9/9/2014 in National Columns

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule.

Possumhaw: The underground hornworm

Posted 9/8/2014 in Local Columns

Ah, back in the Prairie where the hornworm thrives. After trying to grow tomatoes in the greenhouse where the whiteflies were as thick as thieves, I gave up. I tried every means of extermination and nothing worked. So this year I purchased two large planters with a water reservoir.

 

Voice of the people: Charles W. Bond

Rufus Ward has, once again, written a well researched and interesting historical article, specifically the piece on Columbus AFB Heritage, in Sunday's edition. As a retired Air Force officer and pilot, I greatly appreciate the long running contributions of the base to the Columbus community and, more importantly, to our nation's national security.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jean Bigelow

It makes me so sad to read about the mural on Catfish Alley. When will people realize that this is our town and when you deface and try to destroy, that you are doing it to all of us?

 

 

Susan Estrich: The enemy of our enemy

Posted 9/8/2014 in National Columns

The horrifying footage of the second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS, this time freelancer Steven Joel Sotloff, a 31-year-old from Florida who loved journalism, has again placed the president, and world leaders, in a terrible position. To be clear, the White House is studying the video. To be clear, no one is holding out much hope.

 

Ask Rufus: Air Force roots run deep

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the U.S. Air Force run very deep in the Golden Triangle.

 

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