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Voice of the people: Albert "Chance" Laws

Mississippi needs a new flag. This is not because it is politically correct to do so but because it is just plain, flat-out correct to do so.



Kathleen Parker: A blueprint for changing the way we talk about race

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.


Patrick Buchanan: Love and hate in Dixie

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

"I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you."


Rheta Johnson: Gone but not forgotten

Posted 6/27/2015 in National Columns

I grew up in cemeteries. They were part of our education, recreation and, too often, conversation.



Our View: 'I want people to feel excited about being a volunteer ... '

Posted 6/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By her own admission, Renee Sanders might have seemed like an odd choice to replace Leslie Peel at the United Way of Lowndes County's Volunteer Center Director.



Voice of the people: Gary L. Holtman



Voice of the people: D. Presley Hutchens


Lynn Spruill: A change long overdue

Posted 6/26/2015 in Local Columns

Twitter recently went all aflutter because of the proposed change to the picture on the paper currency of the $20 bill.

Slimantics: State flag decision should not be a popularity contest

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.


Local voices: A Northern perspective

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

No one talked about the Civil War where I grew up. Not outside of class, anyway.



Voice of the people: Debbie Whitfield



Our View: Rarely glamorous, coverage of local government is crucial

Posted 6/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Press Association conducts its Better Newspaper Contest to recognize outstanding work by state newspaper staffs.



Voice of the people: James Goolsby



Voice of the people: Judy Gray



Voice of the people: John Carson



Voice of the people: Bobbie Jones



Charlie Mitchell: Student loan debt shows no hint of a slowdown

Posted 6/24/2015 in Local Columns

In two years, Mississippi has moved from 29th place to 19th, but it isn't good news. The ranking is for average debt of people who leave college with a bachelor's degree and student loans to repay.


Our View: Our flag should change

Posted 6/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi should change its flag. For more than a decade now our state has been the only former member of the Confederate States of America to incorporate that short-lived nation's battle flag into its state flag.


Local voices: Bearing arms: Militias and individuals

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

The gun control debate hit a fever pitch after the tragedy of Newtown and now, once again this country finds itself with another tragedy involving guns in Charleston, S.C.


Lynn Spruill: Starkville's Citizens Police Academy

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

To Chief Nichols credit, he has recently begun several community outreach efforts.


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