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Our view: Council to residents: It's none of your business

Posted 2/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council will make board appointments to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus Municipal School District. Not that it's any of your business, of course.

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Movie memories

Posted 2/14/2014 in Local Columns

I am an avid movie goer. I would say a movie buff, but that would imply that I can hold my own in a movie trivia contest which is far from the truth.

 

Susan Estrich: A human face

Posted 2/14/2014 in Local Columns

"On Aug. 4, he's an Eagle Scout and has the highest honor," Pascal Tessier's mother, Tracie Felker, told a reporter. "Aug. 5, all of a sudden, he's no longer good enough to be a Boy Scout."

 

Our view: School superintendents should be appointed

Posted 2/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, efforts to make uniform how Mississippi selects its school superintendents continue in the Legislature.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The shock of Hillary Clinton as 'ruthless'

Posted 2/13/2014 in National Columns

Groundhog Day isn't just a movie. Here it is early 2014 -- still almost three years away from a new presidency -- but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.

 

Slimantics: Where it's OK to discriminate: The NFL and Mississippi

Posted 2/12/2014 in Local Columns

When University of Missouri football player Michael Sam told the New York Times in a Sunday interview that he was gay, players, pundits and ordinary people were quick to respond. Mississippi State player Rufus Warren took to Twitter, saying "this is a MAN sport. And being gay is not a man." Later the same day, Warren took down that tweet and apologized for the comment.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Gov. Bryant and Rep. Thompson have a conversation

Posted 2/12/2014 in Local Columns

Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson on stage together talking to each other about faith and race was quite interesting to watch.

 

 

Our view: 'Hear no evil' is bad school policy

Posted 2/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening, we learned what happened to Shawn Gregory, but the public may never know why it happened.

 

 

Voice of the people: Donna Sprayberry

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Goal: Limit prison costs without called 'soft on crime'

Posted 2/11/2014 in Local Columns

Texas has paved the way, meaning Mississippi lawmakers have "cover." If they so choose, they may follow Gov. Phil Bryant's reform suggestions this year that include abundant alternatives to incarceration.

 

Remembering Joe Ray

Posted 2/10/2014 in Local Columns

Joe Ray Roberson, longtime Dispatch photographer, was one of those people so well known around town, the use of a surname was superfluous, if not confusing; he was simply "Joe Ray." Roberson died early Sunday morning after a long illness.

 

Rather than piecemeal accountability, require annual audits of all state agencies

Posted 2/10/2014 in National Columns

Legislation is moving through the state Senate that will "cut wasteful spending while ensuring taxpayers can see what their government is doing," according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

 

Sounds in the night

Posted 2/10/2014 in Local Columns

Darkness came early; I beckoned Jack, the cat, to come inside but he stopped, uneasy, and stared into the woods. There was a sound unlike any I'd ever heard. Not at all like the snort of a deer warning its young, then the sound of deer running through the woods. This sound was different, and it didn't run. There was thrashing, a scream, but no running.

Ask Rufus: Plymouth Bluff

Posted 2/9/2014 in Local Columns

I have previously written about John Pitchlynn and Fort Smith at Plymouth Bluff during the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814, but there is much more history surrounding the bluff than just that.

 

Hoffman and heroin

Posted 2/9/2014 in National Columns

When my kids were little, an older and more experienced mother told me that one key to raising kids safely is to limit the number of "nos" to what really matters and insist firmly on those. Motorcycles and heroin, she said, which seems like a pretty good list.

 

 

For sale, the MLK legacy

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy.

 

 

Cellophane hearts and soft centers

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

I was using the free White Pages website to try to find the ZIP code for a friend's address. An advertisement popped up, something called Instant Checkmate, which is not free.

 

Roses and thorns: 2/9/14

Posted 2/8/2014 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to East Mississippi Community College, which has been chosen as one of the nation's Top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The distinction will allow EMCC to compete for the 2014 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

Memories of the 2002 Winter Olympics

Posted 2/8/2014 in Local Columns

In a previous life, I was a sports journalist, an occupation that took me to many of the biggest sporting events in the United States. As a reporter and later, an editor, I attended the Masters Golf Tournament, the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, three college football championship games, the NCAA Final Four, the World Series and innumerable professional and college sporting events that people typically pay good money to see.

 

Voice of the people: Danny Williams

So, let me get this straight. I'm observed driving down the road recklessly in front of Club Heidiho.

 

 

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