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Our View: Kelly is the better choice

Posted 5/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, north Mississippi voters will go to the polls to select the person who will represent District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Trent Kelly and Democrat Walter Zinn, Jr., meet in the run-off.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: B.B. King and 'Chains and Things'

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

I have made a long career out of writing about good people who are not celebrities, who typically appear in news pages a prescribed three times: when they are born, when they get married and when they die, and then only if someone cares enough to pay for an obituary. I have liked it that way. I always wanted to grow up to be Charles Kuralt, not Barbara Walters.

 

Leonard Pitts: Police chief's viewpoint is an antidote to distrust

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

This story is not new. On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who is black, cleared Kenny of wrongdoing.

 

Partick Buchanan: In Middle East, democracy not worth dying for

Posted 5/30/2015 in National Columns

"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight." Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army in Ramadi.

 

 

Our View: Why spelling still matters

Posted 5/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Few things have been under greater attack in the age of the personal computer and social media than the craft/art/discipline of spelling.

 

Lynn Spruill: Term limits

Posted 5/29/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past 30 years or so I have had many a discussion about the pros and cons of term limits.

Slimantics: Stennis biography brings legend to life

Posted 5/28/2015 in Local Columns

John C. Stennis, who served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi for 41-plus years, has been dead for 20 years.

 

Voice of the people: Jim W. Scrivener

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Limited room for debate in the Republican field

Posted 5/28/2015 in National Columns

Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

 

Slimantics: Rage against the machine

Posted 5/27/2015 in Local Columns

After visiting a couple of our biggest industries in recent months and considering the narrative our economic development experts have been establishing for the past couple of years, I am beginning to think maybe, just maybe, the Luddites had a point after all.

 

Voice of the people: Mary Hudson

 

Possumhaw: Mystery of the Mississippi kite

Posted 5/26/2015 in Local Columns

Across the field above the sedge was a dark shadow. I thought it a squirrel and continued to watch the shadow as it rose higher and higher above the blowing grass.

 

Patrick Buchanan: The decline of Christian America

Posted 5/26/2015 in National Columns

"This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.

 

 

Voice of the people: David Owen

 

 

PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

Posted 5/23/2015 in National Columns

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

 

Policing isn't always as easy as the good guys versus the bad guys

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.

 

Remembering their sacrifices

Posted 5/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Memorial Day weekend has arrived. There are planned events and observances scheduled throughout the country, including here in the Golden Triangle. For most citizens, however, the long holiday weekend will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy gatherings with family and/or friends and have some fun.

 

Roses and thorns

Posted 5/23/2015 in Roses & Thorns

A rose of remembrance this Memorial Day weekend.

Remember

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.

 

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