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Our View: The more we (don't) know ...

Posted 6/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you have ever attended a workshop or seminar that focuses on communication, you are familiar with this exercise: The trainer whispers a bit of information -- usually a sentence, maybe two -- into the ear of the first person, who turns and relays that information to the next person.



Charlie Mitchell: Look! Up in the sky! -- Something new to regulate

Posted 6/2/2015 in Local Columns

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... something to regulate! It's a story as old as the nation. Fear of misuse tracks technology like a bloodhound. Got to have some new rules!



Our View: Voting isn't just a right; it's an obligation

Posted 6/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters in Mississippi's First Congressional District will go to the polls to choose their representative in the U.S. House.


Possumhaw: Food for thought

Posted 6/1/2015 in Local Columns

Just the holiday leftovers included three bags of Scoops, a 46-ounce container of cashews, a bag of Skinny Popcorn, a half-indulged container of coffee and cookies ice cream and half a bag of empty Coke cans.


Susan Estrich: The Carter myth

Posted 6/1/2015 in National Columns

Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning?


Ask Rufus: The Birdmen and their buzz wagons

Posted 5/30/2015 in Local Columns

Just 10 years after the Wright brothers had delivered the first airplane to the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service, aircraft were playing an important role in World War I.

Birney Imes: A night at the theater

Posted 5/30/2015 in Local Columns

The other night at the theater (no kidding) I happened to be sitting by a woman who, before the curtain went up, was telling a story about a mouse, an English mouse.


Voice of the people: Sunday Dispatch in NYC triggers memories of home

To whom shall I address this? To Rufus Ward? Robert Snow? Bunky Williams? Or to Birney Imes himself, there in the middle and running the show, because I feel I've known you all for ages and that you've just dropped by.



Our View: Kelly is the better choice

Posted 5/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, north Mississippi voters will go to the polls to select the person who will represent District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Trent Kelly and Democrat Walter Zinn, Jr., meet in the run-off.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: B.B. King and 'Chains and Things'

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

I have made a long career out of writing about good people who are not celebrities, who typically appear in news pages a prescribed three times: when they are born, when they get married and when they die, and then only if someone cares enough to pay for an obituary. I have liked it that way. I always wanted to grow up to be Charles Kuralt, not Barbara Walters.


Leonard Pitts: Police chief's viewpoint is an antidote to distrust

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

This story is not new. On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who is black, cleared Kenny of wrongdoing.


Partick Buchanan: In Middle East, democracy not worth dying for

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight." Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army in Ramadi.



Our View: Why spelling still matters

Posted 5/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Few things have been under greater attack in the age of the personal computer and social media than the craft/art/discipline of spelling.


Lynn Spruill: Term limits

Posted 5/29/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past 30 years or so I have had many a discussion about the pros and cons of term limits.

Slimantics: Stennis biography brings legend to life

Posted 5/28/2015 in Local Columns

John C. Stennis, who served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi for 41-plus years, has been dead for 20 years.


Voice of the people: Jim W. Scrivener



Kathleen Parker: Limited room for debate in the Republican field

Posted 5/28/2015 in National Columns

Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.


Slimantics: Rage against the machine

Posted 5/27/2015 in Local Columns

After visiting a couple of our biggest industries in recent months and considering the narrative our economic development experts have been establishing for the past couple of years, I am beginning to think maybe, just maybe, the Luddites had a point after all.


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