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Susan Estrich: Dear John

Posted 10/4/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Parent-child communication key to keeping children safe

Posted 10/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, a Caledonia man was arrested and charged for trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl he met online, authorities say. Sadly, these incidents happen frequently enough that while we are sickened by them, we are hardly shocked.

 

 

Mississippi voices: Kemper, the math doesn't work

Posted 10/3/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Our view: Barbour: The master in his element

Posted 10/2/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

He's been gone for a while, but hardly forgotten. Haley Barbour's second term as governor of Mississippi ended two years ago. Old elected officials never die, of course, they just become lobbyists, which was the reason for Barbour's visit to the Friendly City on Tuesday.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

 

 

Our view: A billion dollars

Posted 10/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Some numbers command your attention, even if you're not certain what they mean. Take $1 billion, for example. On Monday, during the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, it was revealed that the county's total assessed value has eclipsed the $1 billion mark for the first time.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Primary purpose of schools should never be secondary

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Predators prowl the Prairie

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

Leah stuck her bill into the broken egg and hoisted it up high. She shoved off into the water and paddled as fast as her webbed feet would take her. On the bank she carried the egg into the grass where she ate the egg, shell and all.

Ask Rufus: History overflows at the foot of Main Street

Posted 9/28/2013 in Local Columns

From under the old drawbridge at the Riverwalk, the Tombigbee River looks small and peaceful as it slowly flows toward Mobile. Yet for almost 500 hundred years that location has witnessed an almost unbelievable pageant of history.

Birney Imes: Checking in with Coach Brewer

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

The other day Tommy McCann came in with a framed black and white photo of three high school football players. Two players in uniform, each holding a football, flank a teammate, who has a cast on his right arm. McCann is on the right and Mike McRaney is on the left. The player in the middle with the cast and a "Lee High" sweatshirt is unmistakably Billy Brewer.

 

Rheta Johnson: The kindness of strangers

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

I once believed that at the end of our lives, relatives and loved ones would take care of us, bring us comfort, break the monotony of long, last hours.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The GOP's lose-lose proposition

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

Ask most people on Capitol Hill and they'll say: 50-50. Those are the odds they give for a government shutdown. An alternative to the shutdown would be a proposed delay of the individual mandate, the most painful part of Obamacare, which may seem like a Republican victory but on closer inspection would be a win for President Obama and Democrats.

 

Susan Estrich: The 14-percent solution

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

In the latest polls, just 14 percent of all Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. You might think that number would inspire fear in people who stand for reelection every two years. You might hope that members of Congress would see in such numbers a mandate to do better -- to stop playing games (hello, Ted Cruz) and focus on actually getting things done.

 

Our view: Fighting over the obvious

Posted 9/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday morning. With just one item on the agenda, extending the contract of interim superintendent Edna McGill, if ever there were a chance for a "five-minute-now-let's-go-get-breakfast" meeting this was it. We pause to chuckle at such a naive notion.

 

 

Voice of the people: Helen Sue Parrish

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Dog tags

Posted 9/27/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

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