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Other Editors: More damning evidence on Kemper plant

Posted 7/11/2016 in National Columns

Mississippi Power Co.'s "clean coal" boondoggle is an ongoing disaster: humongous cost overruns, grossly missed timetables, construction blunders and, now, the possibility of criminal charges for misleading investors about the still unfinished experiment in Kemper County.

 

 

Birney Imes: An apology

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Political cartoonists often take extreme positions to make their point. Even so, the cartoon that ran in Friday's paper advances a perception that is insensitive, hurtful and unfair to the many caring public servants who work in law enforcement. For this we apologize.

 

 

Voice of the people: Rufus Ward

 

 

Voice of the people: Fred Bell

 

 

Voice of the people: Christopher Taylor

 

 

Roses and thorns: 7/10/16

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

A rose to organizers, volunteers and supporters of Camp With a Mission, a day camp for people with special needs.

 

Leonard Pitts: America has gone mad and there's no place to hide

Posted 7/9/2016 in National Columns

"What sort of people are we, we Americans? ... Today, we are the most frightening people on this planet." -- Historian Arthur Schlesinger

Kathleen Parker: America's killing fields

Posted 7/9/2016 in National Columns

Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.

Ask Rufus: Bottle trees, silver coins and fly-speck blue

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Our culture abounds in folk beliefs whose physical presence survive even after their meanings have been forgotten. Things we use for decoration or wear as jewelry often have their roots in olden beliefs in magic and evil spirits.

 

Our View: Hickman must go

Posted 7/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent in July 2014, the job came with a $175,000 salary and benefits. Lots of benefits.

 

Slimantics: A sickness in our society

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

This morning, it was the first thing I saw when I went on the Internet: Five Dallas police officers had been shot to death Thursday night as they provided security during a march against the police shooting deaths in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lynn Spruill: Moving the goal posts (again)

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

Just when we thought we had a workable plan. We were so close. And yet there seems to be no end to the Police Department building saga.

 

Bill Crawford: 2016 puts Tate Reeves' fiscal credibility at risk

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line.

 

 

Our View: Colom's decision to hand case to AG's office was right choice

Posted 7/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When District Attorney Scott Colom crossed the lawn in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse Wednesday morning and stood before a podium to announce how his office planned to proceed with the Ricky Ball case, there were as many media present as there were spectators.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Will the West survive the Century?

Posted 7/7/2016 in National Columns

"Nativism ... xenophobia or worse" is behind the triumph of Brexit and the support for Donald Trump, railed President Barack Obama in Ottawa.

 

 

Voice of the people: Paul Miller

 

 

Voice of the people: Sarah Studdard

 

Slimantics: Jeff Smith, professional pragmatist

Posted 7/6/2016 in Local Columns

At the annual Mississippi Press Association convention on the Coast in late June, a pair of Coast legislators -- Democrat Dave Baria of Bay St. Louis and Republican Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula -- were part of a panel discussion on the controversial 2016 legislative session.

 

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