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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.


Voice of the people: Mary Hudson


Possumhaw: Mystery of the Mississippi kite

Posted 5/26/2015 in Local Columns

Across the field above the sedge was a dark shadow. I thought it a squirrel and continued to watch the shadow as it rose higher and higher above the blowing grass.


Patrick Buchanan: The decline of Christian America

Posted 5/26/2015 in National Columns

"This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892.



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.



Voice of the people: David Owen



PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

Posted 5/23/2015 in National Columns

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.


Policing isn't always as easy as the good guys versus the bad guys

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.


Remembering their sacrifices

Posted 5/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Memorial Day weekend has arrived. There are planned events and observances scheduled throughout the country, including here in the Golden Triangle. For most citizens, however, the long holiday weekend will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy gatherings with family and/or friends and have some fun.


Roses and thorns

Posted 5/23/2015 in Roses & Thorns

A rose of remembrance this Memorial Day weekend.


Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.

Lynn Spruill: Memorial Day

Posted 5/22/2015 in Local Columns

We have another holiday and another opportunity for a long weekend with maybe a cookout to celebrate an end to the school year or just a good day to sleep in.


Susan Estrich: The graduates

Posted 5/22/2015 in National Columns

It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days.



Our View: City needs consistent approach to festival beer sales

Posted 5/21/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus city council voted 5-1 against granting the annual Juneteenth Festival, held each year at Sim Scott Park, permission to sell beer this year, county supervisor Leroy Brooks denounced the decision as election-year politics.



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