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Leonard Pitts: We need cops with people skills

Posted 10/5/2015 in National Columns

What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police.

 

 

Voice of the people: Hank Teller

Since Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, in defiance of the Supreme Court, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, there has been a plethora of editorials throughout the print and electronic media on this topic.

 

Ask Rufus: A conversation with Charles Dickens

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

I have often written about the many people who have lived in the Columbus, Starkville, West Point area and left their footprints across history or the arts.

 

Voice of the people: On the recent school shooting

 

Birney Imes: John Harris' gift

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

"Now, that's somebody y'all need to do a story on." Mike Perkerson was standing behind the counter of his family's hardware store on Military Road. He was nodding in the direction of a man outside his front door standing next to a motorized bicycle.

Patrick Buchanan: The mind of Mr. Putin

Posted 10/3/2015 in National Columns

"Do you realize now what you have done?" So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us.

Froma Harrop: Drug price gouging a product of our political system

Posted 10/3/2015 in National Columns

If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli -- a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world -- has saved Tinseltown the trouble.

 

Our View: It's up to the gun owners now

Posted 10/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's like a rerun of a show you never liked in the first place.

 

Lynn Spruill: Apartment moratorium a bad idea

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

I have on good authority a moratorium prohibiting the building of new apartments was going to be on the agenda of the Board of Aldermen.

 

Bill Crawford: Initiative 42 will put other programs at risk

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

The November vote on Initiative 42 is days away.

 

Slimantics: It's a brave new (tasty) world

Posted 10/1/2015 in Local Columns

For about an hour-and-a-half on Wednesday, it was both the best restaurant and the best classroom in town.

 

Our View: A reassuring reminder

Posted 10/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Every so often, we are reminded our world -- the one before us, the one we can reach out and touch -- is not nearly so desperate a place as we might be led to believe.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: It's up to voters to break up the GOP's brat pack

Posted 10/1/2015 in National Columns

The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.

 

 

Our View: Depot development is a boost to city

Posted 9/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When work crews began demo work on part of the old train Depot on Main Street this week, the buzz began.

 

 

Froma Harrop: GOP upheaval brings new dread

Posted 9/30/2015 in National Columns

Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms -- "It's deja vu all over again" -- has never been more apt. This time, though, it's not at all funny.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Boehner's departure doesn't help

Posted 9/30/2015 in National Columns

Wonderful. That's just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision.

 

 

Our View: MSU, Ole Miss leaders in football concussion research

Posted 9/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Football, an observer once noted, is not a contact sport; it is a collision sport.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Racoons in the attic

Posted 9/29/2015 in Local Columns

Behind my house on the Rebel Drive cul-de-sac is an old graveyard of several acres. Its ownership is unclear.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Pope's world and the real world

Posted 9/29/2015 in National Columns

Pope Francis's four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph.

 

 

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