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Froma Harrop: Obamacare should be less complex

Posted 4/9/2015 in National Columns

Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.



Marty Wiseman: State's shortage of 'human capital' should be cause for concern

Posted 4/9/2015 in Local Columns

The fact that the 2015 legislative session ended with the status quo having been maintained may be viewed as a victory of sorts -- but alas all indications are that it may be only a temporary reprieve. Just prior to the beginning of the session



Other Editors: Dan Jones' episode suggests need for scrutiny of IHL

Posted 4/9/2015 in National Columns

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones' announcement Thursday that he could not accept the offer of the state's Institutions of Higher Learning board for a limited contract without the possibility of further renewal was one side of a ragged and jarring conclusion in a two-way broken relationship that stirred widespread strong reactions.



Kathleen Parker: Shhh! White House secrets revealed

Posted 4/8/2015 in National Columns

The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.



Leonard Pitts: 'The Culture War' -- a battle the GOP can't win

Posted 4/8/2015 in National Columns

The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don't know it yet.



Other Editors: Superintendent commended for promising innovation

Posted 4/8/2015 in National Columns

Give McComb School District Superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis an "A" for enthusiasm, and if the district's innovative school at Summit works as he envisions it, give him an "A" there too.



Our View: Lowndes schools should take Title IX complaint seriously

Posted 4/7/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Friday, the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees is expected address a complaint from a parent of a New Hope High School freshman over a matter that has been debated for more than 40 years.



Voice of the people: Jiben Roy

Bias is an inclination of human behavior towards a particular thing or side. It can be natural- or rational- or even incident-based. Natural bias is common and may come from your cultural, language, religious, faith, ideology or country of birth.



Charlie Mitchell: Information sellers still in search of a way to get paid

Posted 4/7/2015 in National Columns

Twenty-seven cents. That's what a newspaper in Canada has decided to charge per story for viewers who visit its digital edition and scroll around for news and information.



Possumhaw: All-American pastimes

Posted 4/6/2015 in Local Columns

Spring is unpredictably crazy. Nine days ago it was sleeting at the Mississippi State baseball game. There's something very wrong when a March day leaves ice pellets on your baseball cap.



Trends: Wedding bells ringing later for Mississippi millennials

Posted 4/6/2015 in Local Columns

"Yours is going to be the next wedding we all get together for!" This is something a relative said to me at my 21-year-old cousin's wedding a few years ago. I had just turned 15.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

I'm just an old fuddy-duddy, and I'm in my second childhood, but I do wish the comics pages would remain entertaining. If a political statement is desired, there is the op-ed page. Some comics were funny, while making a statement about politics, religion, morals, or whatever, but they were funny.



Voice of the people: Donny Sanders

I'm so sorry your newspaper did not get the memo in time print something in your paper about this being Easter Sunday, the most important celebration in all Christendom.


Birney Imes: Backyard hijinks

Posted 4/4/2015 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon temperatures hit the mid-80s, so I put several inches of water in a plastic swimming pool for Val. She immediately came over, took a drink then lowered herself into the liquid and sat there as if she was a Persian princess waiting on her attendants to come bathe her. Allowing that Val is of mixed parentage, has a bad eye and was found on a gravel road (dragging a chain), her attitude is, well, charming.


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