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Lynn Spruill: Educated voting choices

Posted 8/7/2015 in Local Columns

Our most recent election has more than a few of us scratching our heads and musing about what in the world happened on the democratic side of the governor's race.

 

Patrick Buchanan: Obama v. Bibi -- fight to the finish

Posted 8/7/2015 in National Columns

In his desperation to sink the Iran nuclear deal, Bibi Netanyahu is taking a hellish gamble.

 

Slimantics: A foray behind enemy lines

Posted 8/6/2015 in Local Columns

Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork visited town Tuesday to talk to the Columbus Rotary Club.

 

Froma Harrop: Ethical hunters shocked by Cecil story

Posted 8/6/2015 in National Columns

That picture of Cecil the lion's corpse and the American dentist posing triumphantly over it was ghastly. Cecil had apparently been lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe and illegally shot.

 

 

Our View: Another school year begins

Posted 8/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By the calendar, there are still seven weeks of summer remaining, but for roughly 10,000 kids in Columbus and Lowndes County, the season ended Tuesday.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: How will the GOP candidates tackle Obamacare on the debate stage?

Posted 8/5/2015 in National Columns

No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate. I know I do.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Stunt time

Posted 8/5/2015 in National Columns

What should you look for if you happen to be one of those dedicated Americans who watches "primary" debates?

 

Slimantics: What we still get wrong about the Civil War

Posted 8/4/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes the news of the day touches on the deep roots of our national story, and anniversaries of milestone moments cause us to reflect again on our history

 

Patrick Buchanan: The plot to destroy Nixon

Posted 8/4/2015 in Local Columns

In his new biography "Being Nixon: A Man Divided," Evan Thomas concedes a point.

 

Possumhaw: Lazy, hazy days of summer

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Most mornings Sam and I have cereal on the front porch.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The core of history is fact; core of heritage is emotion

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Quick: Name a Mississippi public university named for a slave-owning Confederate general. If you said, "Alcorn," you're right.

 

Ask Rufus: A Rabbit on a Blue Moon

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about writing this column is never knowing what direction it will take me. This weekend has seen the appearance of a blue moon. Actually a blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon.

 

Voice of the people: Sanity in government

For five of the past 240 years, some form of Confederate flag flew over 11 of 34 states. Honest historians (which are increasingly hard to find) will tell you that every black person brought to this country to be sold was brought here by Northern ships flying the Stars and Stripes not the Stars and Bars, Battle flag or the State flag of Mississippi.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: We've already had a race war, plenty of them

Posted 8/1/2015 in National Columns

He wanted to start a race war. That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The tipping point on Planned Parenthood

Posted 8/1/2015 in National Columns

It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos "disturbing."

 

Birney Imes: Wobble boxes and polywads

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes, when driving, I listen to a learn-to-speak-French CD, one of those language programs where you repeat phrases spoken in French. One of the phrases is "Je ne parle pas anglais, je parle American" ("I don't speak English, I speak American.") I smile every time I hear it, for it's certainly true. And then there is the matter of we in the South with our own lingua franca.

 

Patrick Buchanan: Could Trump win?

Posted 8/1/2015 in National Columns

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

 

 

Our View: In the heat of summer our thoughts turn to ... water

Posted 7/31/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, a Kroger employee passed out bottles of water to grateful shoppers.

 

Lynn Spruill: What they deserve

Posted 7/31/2015 in Local Columns

Apparently four of the Starkville Board of Aldermen are still convinced they deserve a whopping 33 percent additional pay for the staggering amount of part time work they do for their constituents. If you detect sarcasm in my tone, we're communicating.

 

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