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Our View: Poverty's difficult questions

Posted 6/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Lewis Whitfield of the CREATE Foundation spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club about the challenges facing our region.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: State's plan to 'help druggies' has abysmal results

Posted 6/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last year Mississippi lawmakers insisted it was essential to start drug-testing welfare applicants.

 

Possumhaw: It's all in the moments

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.

 

Bill Crawford: Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

The sequester - you do remember the controversial budget sequester - has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Why must Americans clean up a foreign sport?

Posted 6/8/2015 in National Columns

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job?

 

 

Birney Imes: Upward mobility

Posted 6/6/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent gray, rainy afternoon a friend and I were in a trailer on a gravel road in one of the small towns scattered across southern Lowndes County. The woman who owns the trailer is related to a musician I photographed years ago. She greeted us warmly and invited us in.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Caruso played the Ryman

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I try to love Nashville because of its country-music heritage. Whenever I visit that city, I listen to WSM on the drive up to get my mind right, and I wear a plaid shirt that snaps and old blue jeans. It's a matter of reverence. Nashville ought to be different, somehow.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Rush Limbaugh's finding out he's not normal, and it scares him

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the "average" human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don't fit that profile; I'm willing to bet you don't, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I'm not "normal" and neither are you.

 

Kathleen Parker: The politics of Caitlyn Jenner

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of the release of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.

 

Our View: Parent rage has no place in youth sports

Posted 6/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The game had ended and the players were leaving the field, all except for one 8-year-old.

 

Lynn Spruill: Our fast approaching (and inevitable) E-democracy

Posted 6/5/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a good report on the status of the new city hall at a recent board meeting.

 

Kathleen Parker: Reality show jumps 19 sharks

Posted 6/5/2015 in National Columns

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory: Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.

 

 

Our View: Woodard gives Columbus someone to cheer for

Posted 6/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

An estimated half-million boys play high school basketball, but few play it as well as Robert Woodard II.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Cultural cleansing of Christian males

Posted 6/4/2015 in National Columns

The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.

 

Slimantics: It's exploitive. It's miserable. It's must-watch TV!

Posted 6/3/2015 in Local Columns

The folks at CBS have a hit series on their hands, if last week's debut of the new "reality" series "The Briefcase" is any indicator.

 

Kathleen Parker: Caitlyn Jenner's coming out

Posted 6/3/2015 in National Columns

It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.

 

 

Our View: The more we (don't) know ...

Posted 6/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you have ever attended a workshop or seminar that focuses on communication, you are familiar with this exercise: The trainer whispers a bit of information -- usually a sentence, maybe two -- into the ear of the first person, who turns and relays that information to the next person.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Look! Up in the sky! -- Something new to regulate

Posted 6/2/2015 in Local Columns

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... something to regulate! It's a story as old as the nation. Fear of misuse tracks technology like a bloodhound. Got to have some new rules!

 

 

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