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Leonard Pitts: Believers of Ernst hoax say a lot about who we are

Posted 2/20/2015 in National Columns

"Unbelievably sad." That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week.

 

Slimantics: A tale of two immigrant groups

Posted 2/19/2015 in Local Columns

I saw a documentary on immigration two nights ago and I was fascinated by what I learned, although it painted a disturbing picture.

 

Voice of the people: James L Holzhauer, MD

 

 

Our View: Legislative session show marks of election-year politics

Posted 2/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One sure indicator of an election year is to look at the bills that are being considered during the legislative session.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Honoring our presidents

Posted 2/18/2015 in National Columns

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

 

 

Our View: Lowndes School board on message for second bond issue vote

Posted 2/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School Board would like you to know that the main reason last summer's school bond issue failed at the polls was because of some truly awful messaging.

 

 

Voice of the people: John Ross

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Reaching the masses

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The New York Times comes to the mailbox in fits and starts, sometimes three papers a day, often none at all.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Energy giant gets comeuppance from Supreme Court

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The little guy has won a slobber-knocker in Mississippi.

 

Slimantics: Saturday Night Live: The best cast ever

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year with a 3 1/2-hour prime time special Sunday evening.

Possumhaw: Just about time for serious fishing

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

As the days grow longer and the sun shines warmer and the occasional temperatures tip 70 degrees, a retired man's fancy turns to fishing.

Ask Rufus: When the bridge opened

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.

Birney Imes: David Carr's grand caper

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.

 

Voice of the people: Two historic churches

 

 

Voice of the people: Appreciation of police officers

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Judge Roy Moore stands on the wrong side of history ... again

Posted 2/14/2015 in National Columns

In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, were attempting to register. In facing down three federal officials demanding that he stand aside and honor a court order allowing the registration to proceed, the bantam governor of Alabama sought to make good on a noxious promise: "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Bryant making good on pledge for tighter controls

Posted 2/14/2015 in National Columns

OXFORD -- In the aftermath of prison kickback arrests, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is keeping his pledge to seek tighter controls. Two bills passed the Senate unanimously last week, wining immediate praise from Bryant. One would remove leasing prison farmland from Mississippi Department of Corrections control and the other would move the Inmate Welfare Fund (proceeds from canteen sales) away from MDOC and to the state treasurer.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Finding homes for children

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Newscaster Maggie Wade is passionate about what she calls her true calling: Finding permanent, loving families for Mississippi's foster children. Her program, Wednesday's Child, has found homes for 7,000 children. She has received hundreds of humanitarian awards for her efforts.

 

Our View: Mixed emotions prevail as Borsig moves on

Posted 2/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Borsig ... sort of.

 

 

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