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Home Base: Thanks for the memories

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

Notre Dame is a second-half team. Everyone knew that, and the Irish's late comebacks had already become things of legend in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Ask Rufus: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

When researching a topic you don't always find what you are looking for, but sometimes you find something even better. Recently I was looking through spring of 1919 issues of Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper. I was searching for information on the Army Air Service's Victory Loan Flying Circus which was a military aerial acrobatic group traveling the U.S. in the spring of 1919 putting on air shows to promote the sell of U.S. bonds to pay World War I debt.

Possumhaw: Catkins, midges and galls

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

There are few things cuter than a bunny rabbit munching on a newly-sprouted dandelion. Between the days of rain and warm sunshine the yard has exploded with yellow dandelions, green clover and tiny white flowers, for which I have no name.

Where's the common sense in 'common sense' gun laws?

Posted 4/2/2018 in National Columns

Americans, many quite young, attended anti-gun violence rallies across the country. Many protesters demanded more federal "common-sense" gun control laws. But the push for common-sense gun laws lacks common sense, or at least perspective.


Other Editors: Put a muzzle on name-calling

Posted 4/2/2018 in National Columns

For decades in Mississippi, almost every serious candidate running for statewide office has campaigned as a conservative. It didn't matter what their party label, they all claimed to be "conservative," and the contest was over who could out-conservative the other.


Partial to Home: Mr. Biddy exits stage left

Posted 3/31/2018 in Local Columns

On a rainy morning last week, William "Peppy" Biddy stood in front of a computer next to his desk in Cromwell Hall talking via Skype with a student in Italy. The student's name is Tristan, and he and Biddy were going over a marked up version of the student's M.F.A. thesis discussing Biddy's suggestions for improvement.


Roses and thorns: 4/1/18

Posted 3/31/2018 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Supervisors suffering from a fiscal hiccup

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

For some time now, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has prided itself on its sound fiscal policy.


Shadrack White: Demanding reasonable opioid regulations from 'The Swamp'

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

There was a lot of talk about "The Swamp" of Washington, DC, during the 2016 presidential race.



Our View: Shame

Posted 3/29/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It is the nature of the job that a legislator must sometimes defy popular opinion to do what he knows is best for his community.


Slimantics: Another 'successful' session

Posted 3/29/2018 in Local Columns

The Mississippi legislative session ended Wednesday not with a bang, but with a whimper, to borrow a line from T.S. Elliott.


Voice of the people: Nancy Carpenter



Our View: Citizens have opportunity to serve city by sitting on commissions

Posted 3/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When considering "city government," it's easy for one to think only of the mayor and city council. If they were pressed, some people may think of the police chief, fire chief or, perhaps, city employees.


Slimantics: Our community will pay a staggering price for Smith/Chism obstinance

Posted 3/28/2018 in Local Columns

The Mississippi legislature ends its 2018 session as soon as today and Rep. Jeff Smith and Rep. Gary Chism will come home to Columbus. They can stay home, as far as I am concerned.


Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.



Our View: Criminal justice reform law a step in the right direction

Posted 3/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

No one could rightly argue that this year's session of the Mississippi legislature has been an effective one.



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