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Voice of the people: Jon Zarandona

 

Mississippi Voices: Mississippi's opt-out creates a gap for working people

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Columns

Mary is a single parent of two children. She works, earning $9.50 an hour or about $19,300 per year. She receives no child support. She might be eligible for subsidized day care for the children, but her parents keep the kids while she is on the job -- and she much prefers that arrangement.

 

Other Editors: Exercise aids health, so why is message often ignored?

Posted 10/7/2013 in National Columns

Have a health-related problem? They have a pill for that.

 

Possumhaw: Living quietly in the Prairie

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Columns

"The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room." Blaise Pascal.

Ask Rufus: Where did that name come from?

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

More so than any other single question, I am asked about the origin of local names. What does Tombigbee mean? What is West Point west of? What does the Military Road have to do with the military? Our region abounds in interesting names. I will try to shed some light on a few of them.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Chris Howard

 

Slim Smith: A matter of respect

Posted 10/5/2013 in Local Columns

In his book, "An Education of a Lifetime," former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat tells the story of his recollection of one of the most traumatic events in the university's history -- the riots on the Ole Miss campus associated with James Meridith's enrollment at the school's first black student in 1962.

Clarence Page: Our new three-party system

Posted 10/5/2013 in National Columns

Why another shutdown? Our government has three parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new radical Republicans. That "radical Republican" label has some history. The old radical Republicans were the Grand Old Party's progressive wing. They were opposed during the Civil War and through Reconstruction by the party's liberals and conservatives.

 

Lynn Spruill: Sidewalks to humanity

Posted 10/4/2013 in Local Columns

Cities live beyond our here and now. Beijing is about 3,000 years old; Paris is over 2,000 years old; Rome is over 2,500 years old; London is just under 2,000 and New York is headed to its 400th birthday. Starkville is officially 175 years old.

 

 

Our view: Tuesday: A step backward

Posted 10/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On the same day students disrupted a play in Oxford about the murder of a gay man, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who was denied a permit to open a gay bar in Shannon.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Dear John

Posted 10/4/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Parent-child communication key to keeping children safe

Posted 10/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, a Caledonia man was arrested and charged for trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl he met online, authorities say. Sadly, these incidents happen frequently enough that while we are sickened by them, we are hardly shocked.

 

 

Mississippi voices: Kemper, the math doesn't work

Posted 10/3/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Our view: Barbour: The master in his element

Posted 10/2/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

He's been gone for a while, but hardly forgotten. Haley Barbour's second term as governor of Mississippi ended two years ago. Old elected officials never die, of course, they just become lobbyists, which was the reason for Barbour's visit to the Friendly City on Tuesday.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

 

 

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