Unless the success of future generations relies on having dexterous thumbs, it is probably more important than ever that today's connected kids learn to make their own fun.
Social media has its dangers and drawbacks. It is often a source of misinformation, deception and scams and can often appeal to the worst in our nature through cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and exploitation and crimes against children.
From its inception, our nation was founded on a few basic, if revolutionary, principles including - as Lincoln put it - "government of the people, by the people and for the people."
If you are among those who believe the Boys & Girls Club is basically a day-care program, a visit to one of the Golden Triangle Boys & Girls Clubs will quickly alter that notion.
Each January, we send people to Jackson to represent our voices on the big issues that face our state.
Until Monday' s meeting, it was obvious that the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors had never heard of Kratom, although those in the addiction recovery field have been dealing with the effects of the product for years.
Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign the Broadband Enabling Act into law by the end of the month. The law, which removes restrictions prohibiting electric power co-operatives in the state from providing internet service to its customers, has the potential to close what is called "the digital divide" like no other measure in our state's history.
"How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Parre?" Those lyrics to a song written after the end of World War I, still resonate today in Mississippi, where Millennials are leaving for better opportunities in other places at a higher rate than any other state in the country.
In the Mississippi Legislature, some bills are considered dead on arrival. Each year, hundreds of bills are filed that have no chance of passage. They are often presented by legislators who are trying to make a point rather than enact new law.
The triple murder that shook the small town of Artesia will leave an indelible mark on the community for years to come.
In 2004, the Mississippi Legislature made a change in a law applying to the state's airports in a well-intentioned effort to help our state's regional airports improve service and attract customers.
Each week, between 40,000 and 50,000 folks turn to The Dispatch's website to read the news. One feature offered online that is not available in the print edition is the ability to leave anonymous comments below each story.
As has been noted, this year's session of the Legislature isn't likely to take up many controversial topics. For legislators, it's a matter of self-preservation during an election year.
As the federal government's partial shutdown continues into its third week, the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been affected.
Flight delays aren't frequent at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, where the on-time rate of 87 percent exceeds the industry average of 82 percent.
Someday -- not today probably -- the sting of frustration that accompanied Mississippi State's 27-22 loss to Iowa in Tuesday's Outback Bowl will subside and Bulldog fans will be able to consider things in a broader perspective.
At the end of last year's session, the Mississippi Legislature approved a $6.1 million budget for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, a state agency that operates a statewide network of television and radio stations.
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