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Charlie Mitchell: Stakes are seriously high in Cochran-McDaniel primary

Posted 5/29/2014 in Local Columns

"These are the times that try men's souls," Thomas Paine wrote two days before Christmas 1776. America had declared itself free of England six months earlier, but the British army was mighty. Many rebels were feeling, well, less rebellious.



Our View: Lowndes County has a real stake in food stamp debate

Posted 5/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the use of food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has revealed an interesting paradox in Lowndes County.



Voice of the people: Roger Short



Leonard Pitts: Enough slaughter

Posted 5/28/2014 in National Columns

I am running out of words.


Possumhaw: Scenes from the porch

Posted 5/27/2014 in Local Columns

Nature is remarkably active in the mornings. Taking some time for quiet meditation, I noticed nature has not done the same.


Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Posted 5/27/2014 in National Columns

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care?



Kathleen Parker: Fair warning, provoking a thought is literature's job

Posted 5/27/2014 in National Columns

Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.


Ask Rufus: Memorial Day

Posted 5/24/2014 in Local Columns

Much has been written about, and many towns have claimed to be, the birthplace pf Memorial Day. The U.S. Veteran's Administration reports that more than 24 towns claim to be the birthplace of this weekend's celebration.

Birney Imes: A Japanese maple for Lee

Posted 5/24/2014 in Local Columns

Some stories are so tender, so close to the bone, so rich in human emotion, the teller entrusted with them feels daunted by the responsibility that goes with the retelling. This is one such story. By any measure Lee Frederick was a brilliant child. Brilliance, in most cases, comes with obsessiveness. Lee had plenty of that too.


Rheta Johnson: Mel Rosen ran the distance

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

Mel Rosen is a liberal Jewish Democrat from Brighton Beach, New York, who in 1955 arrived at conservative, football-obsessed Auburn University in the segregated Deep South. He was hired to teach gymnastics and assigned seven daily classes. His dream was to coach track.


Kathleen Parker: VA scandal shows Obama is out of the loop -- again

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

Former president George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers. President Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.


Leonard Pitts: It's time to show our veterans some love

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them. He went on his way and they went back to talking.



Our View: 'These dead shall not have died in vain'

Posted 5/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Memorial Day weekend has arrived. There are planned events and observances scheduled throughout the country, including here in the Golden Triangle. For most citizens, however, the long holiday weekend will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy gatherings with family and/or friends and have some fun.



Voice of the people: Bob Raymond



Voice of the people: Al Cardenas


Lynn Spruill: Office politics

Posted 5/23/2014 in Local Columns

We get along like cats and dogs. Literally.


Our View: Despite struggles, Columbus schools can excel

Posted 5/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Municipal School District officially began its search for a new superintendent on Tuesday. Applications will be accepted until May 30 and the CMSD Board of Trustees have stated they want to fill the position by July 1.



Voice of the people: Berry Hinds



Voice of the people: Bill Roberts



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