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Birney Imes: Picture stories

Posted 6/13/2015 in Local Columns

At a family gathering last week, someone suggested we take a group picture. It was a momentous occasion; there were a lot of us there; and everyone thought it a good idea. But the light was fading. Anyone have a camera?

 

Kathleen Parker: What was the police officer in McKinney thinking?

Posted 6/13/2015 in National Columns

Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries and drawing his gun on other teenagers. What in God's name is wrong with our cops?

 

Partick Buchanan: The media's obsession with race

Posted 6/13/2015 in National Columns

Half a century ago this summer, the Voting Rights Act was passed, propelled by Bloody Sunday at Selma Bridge. The previous summer, the Civil Rights Act became law on July 2. We are in the 7th year of the presidency of a black American who has named the first two black U.S. attorneys general.

 

Our View: A salute to 'Slash'

Posted 6/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, Linda Winston has an award that recognizes her as Teacher of the Year for the MAACE (Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators).

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar

 

 

Susan Estrich: Brand names

Posted 6/12/2015 in National Columns

Not another Bush v. Clinton campaign, you hear from Republicans who aren't for Jeb Bush anyway.

 

Lynn Spruill: Lawmaking without attribution

Posted 6/12/2015 in Local Columns

Not too long ago if you looked at a Starkville Board meeting electronic packet you would be able to tell which alderman of the seven had asked for any particular item to be placed on the agenda.

 

Our View: Food Stamp program more than meets the eye

Posted 6/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Ever since FDR and the New Deal, there has been a robust debate over what to do about the nation's poor.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Is Jimmy John's bullying workers with non-compete agreements?

Posted 6/11/2015 in National Columns

According to legend, it happened because he didn't want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak.

 

 

Our View: Four years of fighting has produced no winners

Posted 6/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's regular meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees deteriorated into a three-hour spectacle of petty bickering, icy exchanges and dogged devotion to personal agendas.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Imperial overstretch

Posted 6/10/2015 in National Columns

Toward the end of the presidency of George H.W. Bush, America stood alone at the top of the world -- the sole superpower.

 

 

Our View: Poverty's difficult questions

Posted 6/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Lewis Whitfield of the CREATE Foundation spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club about the challenges facing our region.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: State's plan to 'help druggies' has abysmal results

Posted 6/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last year Mississippi lawmakers insisted it was essential to start drug-testing welfare applicants.

 

Possumhaw: It's all in the moments

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.

 

Bill Crawford: Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

The sequester - you do remember the controversial budget sequester - has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Why must Americans clean up a foreign sport?

Posted 6/8/2015 in National Columns

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job?

 

 

Birney Imes: Upward mobility

Posted 6/6/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent gray, rainy afternoon a friend and I were in a trailer on a gravel road in one of the small towns scattered across southern Lowndes County. The woman who owns the trailer is related to a musician I photographed years ago. She greeted us warmly and invited us in.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Caruso played the Ryman

Posted 6/6/2015 in National Columns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I try to love Nashville because of its country-music heritage. Whenever I visit that city, I listen to WSM on the drive up to get my mind right, and I wear a plaid shirt that snaps and old blue jeans. It's a matter of reverence. Nashville ought to be different, somehow.

 

 

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