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Ask Rufus: Ancient villages, ancient plants

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

The Chickasaw Nation has returned to the Golden Triangle area.

Kathleen Parker: Why can't we do something sensible about guns?

Posted 6/18/2016 in National Columns

The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now, we might as well hit replay and skip the debate. In the wake of the horrific murders of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, America is reenacting the usual drama: Politicians repeat past arguments, citizens retreat into their routines, killers reload.

 

Rheta Johnson: Grits, religion, bush-hogging and coming out

Posted 6/18/2016 in National Columns

I wonder if the governors of Mississippi and North Carolina and other states where gay, lesbian and transgender citizens have been targeted, usually in the name of religion, have any idea that the taxpayers they are maligning have been through many other battles. And survived.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Yes, Hitler

Posted 6/18/2016 in National Columns

Yes, Hitler. Some of you questioned my evocation of history's great villain in a recent column on House Speaker Paul Ryan's surrender to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

 

Roses and thorns 6/19/16

Posted 6/18/2016 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the organizers of Thursday's "United Against Hate" interfaith service.

David Creel: Your rights, their rights, my rights -- and what is right

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

I am not sure that I have anything new to say about the horrific crimes against humanity committed in Orlando, but I feel compelled to say something, anything really, that keeps the conversation going, that pays respect to the memory of those who lost their lives, that offers solace to their families and friends, and that calls us all to own our part in the open warfare being waged in our cities and towns.

Partial to Home: A steak with Martie

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

Years ago, when our firstborn was small enough to carry around in a basket, a night on the town was often dinner at the Old Hickory Steakhouse.

 

Our View: Finding common ground

Posted 6/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the early morning hours Saturday, as America learned of the horrific slaughter of 49 innocent people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, we waited to hear the word we would run with, the word that confirmed our biases and advanced our narrative.

 

Lynn Spruill: Changing attitudes in StarkVegas

Posted 6/17/2016 in Local Columns

For many, in years past, Starkville quickly became a memory when college was over. Even for those of us who called the place home. The future consisted of holiday visits or maybe alumni weekend or the Egg Bowl.

 

Jaime Stiehm: More than a moment of silence: a late-night show

Posted 6/17/2016 in National Columns

The best show in town is making a comeback. Annie, get your gun, an old-fashioned filibuster is happening on the Senate floor.

 

 

Our View: Summer: the season of the hungry child

Posted 6/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer is a happy season for most kids, who depending on their age, are busy with work or sports or any number of activities that serve a break from the routine of the school year. But for many children here in the Golden Triangle and throughout the nation, summer can mean something else: It can mean going hungry.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Orlando is why we need surveillance

Posted 6/16/2016 in National Columns

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch -- twice -- and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Hatred, rhetoric and the violence they spawn

Posted 6/16/2016 in National Columns

I am supposed to be writing about a shooting in Orlando, but my thoughts keep circling back to a funeral in Louisville.

 

 

Our View: County, city must work together on study of CLRA's future

Posted 6/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The debate about whether it is time to take a look at how the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority serves the community could not have started much worse.

 

Slimantics: Muhammad Ali: An American original

Posted 6/15/2016 in Local Columns

In the days since the death of Muhammad Ali, much has been said and written in an attempt to capture the essence of the man.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Special funds grab breaks faith, has consequences

Posted 6/14/2016 in Local Columns

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says it's Obama's fault, but state agency chiefs are pointing a disappointed finger at Reeves and legislators.

 

 

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