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Slimantics: A tale of two tails

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Pete Creekmore sits in a chair in his upstairs office at Rae's Jewelers on Tuesday afternoon, hunched over his microscope, examining two quarters that have one "head" between them or, if you prefer, three "tails."

 

Susan Estrich: What went wrong in Ferguson

Posted yesterday in National Columns

The short answer is: everything. I'm not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts.

 

 

Our View: Gun violence in unexpected places

Posted 8/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's early-morning shooting at Buffalo Wild Wings that left one woman dead and another facing a murder charge created a different perception among some in the community, primarily because of where it happened.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Racing through nature

Posted 8/19/2014 in National Columns

The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

 

 

Voice of the people: Billy Hairston

 

Possumhaw: Imagine a world of butterflies

Posted 8/18/2014 in Local Columns

It was nightfall when I slipped to the garden to spy on the parsley. I hoped to catch the caterpillars sleeping. Their tiny heads were nodded forward; they appeared to be sleeping, as everything sleeps.

 

Our View: The value of play

Posted 8/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The kids are back in school. Summer vacations have been taken. Play time is over, right? Perish the thought.

 

 

Dana Milbank: A general's farewell

Posted 8/18/2014 in National Columns

I've observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

 

Slimantics: Murder among the weeds

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Nothing ever seems to get thrown away on Downs Road. Sofas, tables, tires, broken toys, long strips of waterlogged insulation, boxes and overstuffed black garbage bags -- all left to the weeds to obscure and nature to absorb. This seems to apply even to some of the homes along this little street that connects Mike Parra Road and Land Road in north Lowndes County.

Ask Rufus: Green corn and dancing under a full moon

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Last week there was a spectacular full moon. The news media called it a super moon. While its size and the earth's being at its closest point to the moon might justify the name, it actually was the Green Corn Moon.

 

Voice of the people: Why not look into privatization?

After reading the editorial about privatizing Public Works in The Dispatch Thursday I'm still asking myself, "Why in the world did David Armstrong suggest a tax increase was inevitable and why would he not want to allow the company to do an audit, free of charge to us, in order to advise us on whether it would be a money saving move or not?

 

 

Birney Imes: Our town

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

There is something different about this place, all right. We would have a hard time counting the number of letters we've received over the years from visitors delighted, if not bewildered by the over-the-top servings of Southern hospitality they enjoyed while passing through our lovely ville.

 

 

Robert Smith: The Mayor responds

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

The following is a response to Birney Imes' column of Aug. 10 titled, "An open letter to Mayor Smith." On Aug. 6, 2014, the Mayor and City Council of Columbus had a budget meeting. In that meeting the Council deadlocked on a number of issues related to some important pay raises for some of the City's valuable employees.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Windsor and Harry Dean Stanton

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

NEAR PORT GIBSON -- You can waste a lot of time trying to get others to appreciate what you see in certain people, certain places. If the beauty is less than obvious, and more of the haunting variety, it's often a fool's pastime even to try.

 

Leonard Pitts: Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. It seems two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were working at a McDonald's, which has been used as a staging ground by reporters covering the ongoing unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man.

 

Our View: Betting on Columbus

Posted 8/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The financial landscape of the city of Columbus has been the topic of concern since last week's special meeting of the council, which was held to make adjustments to the proposed budget.

 

Lynn Spruill: Summer has come and gone

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Columns

Each season has its own special character. Summer always was and I guess to me it always will be June, July and August, the months when school was out.

 

Leonard Pitts: Riots in Ferguson, and what they mean

Posted 8/15/2014 in National Columns

A riot can be many things.

 

 

Our View: City should consider privatization of public works

Posted 8/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, as the city council and mayor were engaged in a discussion of the city's grim financial outlook, councilman Bill Gavin pushed back when the city's chief operations officer, David Armstrong, suggested that a tax increase was inevitable. Gavin's position was the city should explore all possible options of reducing expenses before taking that step.

 

 

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