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Charlie Mitchell: Riddle over 'fully funding' public schools not yet solved

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

The late state Sen. Grey Ferris, an author the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, had a pat answer whenever he heard someone say that generous funding of Mississippi's public schools wouldn't fix what's broken.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's footprints

Posted 8/3/2014 in Local Columns

It's been almost 474 years since Hernando de Soto dined on barbecue pork in the Black Prairie just west of the Tombigbee River.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Bushels of love for Peck

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -- Imagine if your life were highlighted in a short, moving ceremony and condensed to its essence. What would they say about you?

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

A few words about the "poor door." Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side a set number of "affordable" apartments. How the company won permission to build that building with two entrances, one in front for the exclusive use of upper-income residents, another, reportedly in the alley, for residents of more modest means.

 

Michael Gerson: Turning our backs on atrocities

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- For every dissident and defector I've encountered, there is a moment when observation begins to feel like complicity -- when remaining a bystander involves culpability.

 

Voice of the people: Bond issue questions

 

Birney Imes: Email inquiry triggers flood of memories

Posted 8/2/2014 in Local Columns

Donna Grant deserves a byline on today's column. Several weeks ago someone mentioned Al Puckett had been named distinguished hospital trustee of the year for the state and wondered why it hadn't been in the paper.

 

Our View: Summer's home stretch

Posted 8/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a video that has gone viral that shows a Copperhead snake that has just been decapitated. The snake's body continues to writhe and wriggle as the head lays motionless near its body. The snake's body makes contact with its head several times, then -- and this is what made the video viral -- the snake's head suddenly sinks its fangs deep into its own body.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Close to home

Posted 8/1/2014 in National Columns

On Thursday night, July 24, Xinran Ji was walking home from his study group meeting, four blocks from USC, where he was a graduate student in engineering. According to police, four teenagers, three boys and a girl, beat 24-year-old Ji with a baseball bat and a wrench. No reason.

 

Lynn Spruill: Lest we forget

Posted 8/1/2014 in Local Columns

As part of my active (as opposed to financial) volunteer pledge this year I have chosen to work with the Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Oct. 12. Medical literature distinguishes between the types of dementia, but the details of the ravages of this ever more common disease are astounding.

 

Michael Gerson: The GOP as the party of reform

Posted 7/31/2014 in National Columns

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not won back-to-back victories in a hundred years. Blair secured three.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Doing well by doing good -- but better by doing bad

Posted 7/31/2014 in National Columns

How curious to watch "60 Minutes," the famously hard-hitting TV newsmagazine, bless JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon with prime-time beatification for hiring some interns from poor backgrounds. The segment's headline is "Jobs program benefits Fortune 500 and underprivileged youth."

 

Slimantics: Sunday visitors stir memories of the good ole dog days

Posted 7/30/2014 in Local Columns

Sunday afternoon found us outside trying to coax our waterlogged flowers back to life while trying to figure out a way to get rid of the slugs and snails that seem to have taken a recent liking to our front porch.

 

Our View: Oktibbeha, Starkville boards fail to truly follow agendas

Posted 7/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Oktibbeha County supervisors and Starkville aldermen both have something in common: They recently tended to business outside the constraints of their published agendas.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

Posted 7/30/2014 in National Columns

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

 

 

Our View: School funding petition worthy of support

Posted 7/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi has two sales tax holidays. The first came last weekend with a sales tax exemption on back-to-school items limited to clothing and footwear. The other, signed into law this year by Gov. Phil Bryant and enjoying broad legislative support, comes Sept. 5-7.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: The anger is understandable, the meanness is not

Posted 7/29/2014 in Local Columns

A lithe young singer, Taylor Swift, had a big hit with "Mean" four years ago. The song is a picked-on teen's lament that her classmates are cruel.

 

 

Voice of the people: Robin Thompson

 

 

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