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Ask Rufus: Floods and Old Bridges

Posted 2/16/2020 in Local Columns

This past week we have seen another Tombigbee Flood and it appears a loose barge may have seriously damaged Columbus' 1928 River bridge. The current flood, though bad, does not compare with the catastrophic floods of 1847, 1892, 1948 and 1973. And if a barge did hit the 1928 bridge, that would not be the first time a vessel struck a Columbus bridge.

Partial to Home: Life lessons from Uncle Bunky

Posted 2/15/2020 in Local Columns

You put a message in a bottle and toss it out to sea hoping the right beachcomber happens by.


Voice of the people: Robert Smith, Sr.



Voice of the people: Kerry Blalock



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar



Voice of the people: Thomas McLeod



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar


Patrick Buchanan: An establishment in panic

Posted 2/14/2020 in National Columns

From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders.


Our View: A step toward renewable energy

Posted 2/13/2020 in Dispatch Editorials

Two seemingly unrelated events in the Golden Triangle this week should call attention to a topic that is far more controversial than it should be.



Voice of the people: Paul Mack


Brett Kittredge: Regulatory reform can, and should, be a priority

Posted 2/13/2020 in Local Columns

Mississippi needs to reform our regulatory and licensing burdens. Our current policies only serve to increase costs for business owners and consumers, while limiting choice for individuals and career opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs.

Slimantics: An easy way to combat isolation

Posted 2/12/2020 in Local Columns

It's sometimes odd, the associations we make. Tuesday morning, I was a guest reader at PediaTrust, which provides daycare services for medically fragile children. There are 35 children from all across the Golden Triangle, enrolled in the center


Voice of the people: Jerry Fortenberry



Voice of the people: James Hodges



Leonard Pitts Jr.: Who gets to tell what stories?

Posted 2/12/2020 in National Columns

People keep asking me about George Simon. They want to know why I created him and if it was hard to do. One person told me I was "brave." I wasn't trying to be brave. I was trying to write my latest novel, a World War II story called "The Last Thing You Surrender." But, you see, George, one of my protagonists, is white and I'm not. And at book signings, some people find that noteworthy.



Our View: Pilgrimage funding dispute needs good faith effort from both sides

Posted 2/11/2020 in Local Columns



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