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Slim Smith: A matter of respect

Posted 10/5/2013 in Local Columns

In his book, "An Education of a Lifetime," former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat tells the story of his recollection of one of the most traumatic events in the university's history -- the riots on the Ole Miss campus associated with James Meridith's enrollment at the school's first black student in 1962.

Clarence Page: Our new three-party system

Posted 10/5/2013 in National Columns

Why another shutdown? Our government has three parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new radical Republicans. That "radical Republican" label has some history. The old radical Republicans were the Grand Old Party's progressive wing. They were opposed during the Civil War and through Reconstruction by the party's liberals and conservatives.

 

Lynn Spruill: Sidewalks to humanity

Posted 10/4/2013 in Local Columns

Cities live beyond our here and now. Beijing is about 3,000 years old; Paris is over 2,000 years old; Rome is over 2,500 years old; London is just under 2,000 and New York is headed to its 400th birthday. Starkville is officially 175 years old.

 

 

Our view: Tuesday: A step backward

Posted 10/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On the same day students disrupted a play in Oxford about the murder of a gay man, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who was denied a permit to open a gay bar in Shannon.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Dear John

Posted 10/4/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Parent-child communication key to keeping children safe

Posted 10/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, a Caledonia man was arrested and charged for trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl he met online, authorities say. Sadly, these incidents happen frequently enough that while we are sickened by them, we are hardly shocked.

 

 

Mississippi voices: Kemper, the math doesn't work

Posted 10/3/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Our view: Barbour: The master in his element

Posted 10/2/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

He's been gone for a while, but hardly forgotten. Haley Barbour's second term as governor of Mississippi ended two years ago. Old elected officials never die, of course, they just become lobbyists, which was the reason for Barbour's visit to the Friendly City on Tuesday.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

 

 

Our view: A billion dollars

Posted 10/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Some numbers command your attention, even if you're not certain what they mean. Take $1 billion, for example. On Monday, during the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, it was revealed that the county's total assessed value has eclipsed the $1 billion mark for the first time.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Primary purpose of schools should never be secondary

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Predators prowl the Prairie

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

Leah stuck her bill into the broken egg and hoisted it up high. She shoved off into the water and paddled as fast as her webbed feet would take her. On the bank she carried the egg into the grass where she ate the egg, shell and all.

Ask Rufus: History overflows at the foot of Main Street

Posted 9/28/2013 in Local Columns

From under the old drawbridge at the Riverwalk, the Tombigbee River looks small and peaceful as it slowly flows toward Mobile. Yet for almost 500 hundred years that location has witnessed an almost unbelievable pageant of history.

Birney Imes: Checking in with Coach Brewer

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

The other day Tommy McCann came in with a framed black and white photo of three high school football players. Two players in uniform, each holding a football, flank a teammate, who has a cast on his right arm. McCann is on the right and Mike McRaney is on the left. The player in the middle with the cast and a "Lee High" sweatshirt is unmistakably Billy Brewer.

 

Rheta Johnson: The kindness of strangers

Posted 9/28/2013 in National Columns

I once believed that at the end of our lives, relatives and loved ones would take care of us, bring us comfort, break the monotony of long, last hours.

 

 

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