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Voice of the people: Harriet Vaughn

 

 

Marty Wiseman: Education in Mississippi: A glimmer of hope

Posted 4/16/2013 in Local Columns

It seems that in every news outlet over the past few days there has been discussion of education legislation passed in the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature. While there was no massive education reform package, numerous doors were opened.

 

Partial to home: Bet Nancy Drew could find that armadillo

Posted 4/16/2013 in Local Columns

A couple of years ago we tried to catch the armadillo. At night he would emerge from his lair to root around in our yard for grubs. Each morning the grass looked as though a foursome of golfers had spent the night practicing their chip shots.

Possumhaw: Transporting live turtles

Posted 4/15/2013 in Local Columns

Eight good-size turtles bask on the bank of the pond. A few years back we emptied the pond and had the silt dug out. When it refilled only one fallen limb remained in the pond. The pond turtles vie for it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: How about equal time defining rape for our sons?

Posted 4/15/2013 in Local Columns

It was 30 years ago. She was a student any professor would consider ideal. Front row. Eyes up. Tidy. Attentive. Smiled easily, often. But after Thanksgiving break, she didn't come back.

 

 

Birney Imes: Voice of the people

Posted 4/13/2013 in Local Columns

We love letters to the editor. Not only do they affirm the vital role newspapers play in our communities, they often provide a fresh take on pressing local issues. My only problem with letters to the editor -- and I expect most newspaper editors of small town papers would say the same thing -- is the scarcity of them.

 

 

Tracy Broocks: Our lovely neighborhood

 

 

Leonard Pitts: More feedback on 'Accidental Racist'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Beauty and the beast

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Readin', writin', packin'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The National Rifle Association wants to train and arm all public school teachers and administrators. The plan, as the NRA sees it, is to protect students.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Guns, god and background checks

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

I happened to be sitting in the Fox News bureau between "hits" on Tuesday morning, when the news broke about the stabbing at Lone Star College in Houston. Watching it unfold in real time, I couldn't help but think (as I'm sure all of us did) about the Newtown, Conn., massacre and the families flying to Washington and the fear that the parents of the Texas college students must be feeling.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's eye-candy comment leaves sour aftertaste

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Candidates forum: Looking for a reason to care ...

Posted 4/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters is to be commended for Thursday's candidates forum for the city's municipal elections at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Moderators Steve Rogers of WCBI-TV and attorney Scott Colom performed credibly in asking interesting questions and making sure that candidates stayed "on point."

 

Slimantics: Of shot elephants and hanged dogs ...

Posted 4/11/2013 in Local Columns

I used to take a measure of pride in saying that Tupelo was my hometown. Now? I am not so sure, especially since Tupelo has become the Drive-By Elephant Shooting Capitol of the South.

 

Voice of the people: Billy Hairston

 

 

Our view: A chance to hear the candidates

Posted 4/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, voters will get a chance to hear candidates for the Columbus municipal elections. Unfortunately, the candidates won't have the opportunity to hear the voters. This will be the first time that candidates for mayor and four contested council positions will assemble at the same time in the same venue. It may also be the last.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Bill and Carolyn Maiden

 

 

Letter to the editor: Ed Vignaroli

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Tests and tiger moms

Posted 4/10/2013 in National Columns

New York City's Stuyvesant High School is one of those all too rare public schools for intellectually outstanding students. Such students are often bored to death in schools where the work is geared to the lowest common denominator, and it is by no means uncommon for very bright students to become behavior problems.

 

 

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