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Leonard Pitts: Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman -- who's the real thug?

Posted 11/23/2013 in National Columns

With George Zimmerman out on bail last week after his latest run-in with police, it seems an opportune time to discuss the second killing of Trayvon Martin.


Rheta Johnson: Something pulled me back

Posted 11/23/2013 in National Columns

PASS CHRISTIAN -- Today she looks like a beautiful Indian princess, like Walt Disney's Pocahontas, her thick black braid rapunzeling down the back of her tunic of red, the color in which her mother dressed her "Mimi." Author Jesmyn Ward's ancestry is mixed with African, French, Spanish and Native American blood, allowing a rainbow of perspective, which makes her feel "lucky," she says, as a writer. But for facile identification, "I choose to embrace African American. It's a political choice."



Susan Estrich: Who knows best?

Posted 11/23/2013 in National Columns

Martin Short had the best line at the Governors Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: "President Obama said if you like your Oscar, you can keep it."


Ask Rufus: Tecumseh's journey

Posted 11/23/2013 in Local Columns

Three years ago marked the beginning of a series of the bicentennials of the events leading directly to the founding of Columbus. November of 1813 was a month in which those events linked directly with one of greater national significance. That story is told in the nation's newspapers of the day.

Local voices: The JFK assassination: A reporter's perspective

Posted 11/22/2013 in Local Columns

The world has turned over many times since that fateful day in Dallas 50 years ago when President Kennedy was killed. Anyone who was old enough to understand what happened knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the president was dead.


Our view: JFK's unfulfilled destiny

Posted 11/22/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the course of U.S. History, there have been 20 assassination plots against the President of the United States and four assassinations -- Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 1865), James Garfield (shot July 2, 1881, died Sept. 19, 1881), William McKinley (shot Sept. 6, 1901, died Sept. 14 , 1901) and John F. Kennedy (Nov. 22, 1963).


Commentary: Clint Hill's leap into history

Posted 11/22/2013 in Local Columns

We use the term "dramatic irony" in plays when the audience learns from one character something that another character does not know, usually to his detriment. In the field of history, the reader always knows more than the people he's reading about. He knows how the whole thing turns out -- something the historical figures cannot know.


Our view: A Bridge to Somewhere?

Posted 11/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials



Voice of the people: Frank Dailey



Charlie Mitchell: Assassin in Dallas created the nation we know today

Posted 11/21/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Ward 2 votes face no-Wynn solution

Posted 11/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The big story from Tuesday's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting was supposed to be about compromise. However, the board's defeat of a proposal that would have banned cellphones at board meetings was overshadowed by Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn's childish attack upon Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory.



Our view: Government of and for the people

Posted 11/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials



Kathleen Parker: The comparisons you should never make

Posted 11/20/2013 in National Columns



Voice of the people: Margaret Ann Evans



Voice of the people: William E. Meyers



Our view: The Gettysburg Address: Timeless, complete

Posted 11/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln rose to deliver a short speech as part of the dedication ceremony of The Gettysburg National Cemetery, located on a part of a battlefield where more than 50,000 soldiers had died than five months earlier.


Possumhaw: Ladybug, fly away home

Posted 11/18/2013 in Local Columns

Ladybugs swarmed by the thousands. They whirled around the porch ceiling; they crawled on the side of the house, the garage, the boat shed. Ladybugs landed on our arms. When one took flight, three took its place.


Voice of the people: James L. Holzhauer, MD



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