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Our View: An open and fair discussion? Don't count on it.

Posted 4/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, the Columbus Municipal School Board will hold a specially called fist-fight to select a search firm to identify candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.



Charlie Mitchell: A case for doing nothing

Posted 4/24/2014 in Local Columns

Walking ahead of two young people when one asked the other, "What are you doing this summer?"



Leonard Pitts: 'The Grapes of Wrath' resonates 75 years later

Posted 4/24/2014 in National Columns

"The Grapes of Wrath" was published 75 years ago this month, a seminal masterpiece of American literature that seems freshly relevant to this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing poverty.



Our View: Muscle Shoals: There's still a message in the music

Posted 4/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, PBS aired the documentary "Muscle Shoals," presented as "the incredible true story of a small town with a big sound." For those who had the misfortune to miss it, the film tells the story of a desperately poor young musician named Rick Hall who overcame crushing poverty and staggering tragedies to bring black and white musicians together to create music for the generations.



Froma Harrop: Better care can also cost less

Posted 4/23/2014 in National Columns

Almost everyone has known or will know the helplessness of caring for -- or overseeing the care of -- a sick loved one. That such situations are often mired in chaos raises the anxiety level for both the patient and others trying to do the right thing.



The Bard: 450 years old today

Posted 4/23/2014 in National Columns

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Sorry, Juliet. He's hard to find on many college campuses.



Our View: Spring: a season of optimism

Posted 4/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was the day for recovery for folks in the flower business.



Voice of the people: William Bell



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett


Local voices: Alison Buehler

Posted 4/22/2014 in Local Columns

I just got back from an incredible weekend in Meridian. Go Green Meridian, a chapter of Gaining Ground.


Voice of the people: Rebecca Watson


Possumhaw: Busy week in the Prairie

Posted 4/21/2014 in Local Columns

On the heels of a quiet, cold winter, the Prairie house became a whirl of activity. It's good to enjoy those quiet winter days; they don't last long. Our visiting turkey hunters set out early and came in late, thus we rarely saw our guests. I caught up with my brother, Skip Shelton, coming in at the late hour of 9 p.m. His eyes looked bleary. "You can't run on a few hours of sleep," I said.

Ask Rufus: No sidewalk, no mail

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.

Birney Imes: An afternoon with beekeepers

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday about 40 beekeepers stood in the twilight on a cement pad outside a metal farm building in south Noxubee County.

Lynn Spruill: Annexation and growth

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

As of the last formal census of 2010, Starkville has a population of 23,888. The most recent figure from 2012 is an official estimate of 24,360. So, in the past two years we have grown by roughly 472 people. If we project that rate of growth over the next eight years by 2020 we should have about 26,248 as our population base.


Rheta Johnson: Making hay of hate

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi, my adopted home state, place that I love, is reverting to its old ways, which many of us who live here had believed and hoped to be in the distant past.


Kathleen Parker: Has the West got Putin yet?

Posted 4/19/2014 in National Columns

The new "agreement" between Russia, the United States and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn't to say it's not a good "prospect" for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country -- not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs. The handwriting was on the palm of Nina Khrushcheva's hand, not that she needs notes.


Leonard Pitt: Race and Obama news coverage

Posted 4/19/2014 in National Columns

I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder?



Our View: Your voice makes a difference

Posted 4/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A newcomer to Columbus might, after some observation, conclude that people here simply do not care about what is happening in our community.



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