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Possumhaw: All in a day

Posted 6/24/2013 in Local Columns

You can make your plans, and then count on it -- the day goes every which-a-way.

 

Voice of the people: Leroy Brooks

 

Birney Imes: Marty Turner's next big thing

Posted 6/22/2013 in Local Columns

Marty Turner has packed in a lot of experience into his 35 years. Judging from the variety of his exploits, the recently elected Ward 4 Councilman is nothing if not adaptable. Let's hope so. Come July 1, Turner will be one of six men charged with running the city of Columbus (along with Mayor Robert Smith).

 

Rheta Johnson: Creek-bank fishing in south Georgia

Posted 6/22/2013 in National Columns

A few years back I wrote a story about a Florida panhandle folk artist named Woodie Long. Woodie died far too soon and left a beautiful widow and a country studio full of colorful, childlike paintings. His style was joyful.

 

 

Mary Sanchez: Time to end the imposed ignorance of guns and the harm they do

Posted 6/22/2013 in National Columns

A revealing thing happened in the grief-filled days that followed the massacre of helpless children and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: George Zimmerman's jury of peers

Posted 6/22/2013 in National Columns

The headlines were immediate: All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial. What is the likelihood that you, a man, would face a jury of all women? What are the chances that one-third of the jurors judging you on a charge of second-degree murder identify their hobby as saving animals?

 

 

Ben C. Toledano: When race trumps reason

How unfortunate that once more a prominent part of the black community appears to consider race the determining factor in matters of public interest and concern. Seemingly, we are at a point where the race of the local superintendent of schools is more important than the quality of education made available to the schoolchildren.

 

Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green's Columbus Roots

Posted 6/22/2013 in Local Columns

I have just returned home from a week on staff at the Episcopal Church's Camp Bratton-Green north of Canton. The camp's origins are actually intertwined with Columbus, though the camp was never located here.

Slimantics: A welcome breath of fresh air

Posted 6/21/2013 in Local Columns

Somebody pinch me. Thursday evening, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees continued a recent run of mystifying behavior, removing board president Currie Fisher and installing long-time school administrator Edna McGill to run the district while the search for an interim superintendent continues.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: In praise of Scouting

Posted 6/20/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Our view: School board must move quickly, choose wisely

Posted 6/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Less than a day after the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees made the decision to fire superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell, the board met again Tuesday to officially begin the process of finding an interim superintendent. The board also set in motion a search for a new chief financial officer to replace Kenneth Hughes, who was fired by Liddell on May 3.

 

Slimantics: Hooray for transparency!

Posted 6/19/2013 in Local Columns

In a delicious bit of irony, Lavonne Harris of the NAACP went before the Columbus City Council to ask that the council use its influence in demanding more transparency from the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.

 

Voice of the people: Rep. Gary A. Chism

 

 

Voice of the people: M. A. Whitehead

 

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Dorothy doctrine

Posted 6/18/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: After the storm, challenges remain for CMSD

Posted 6/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The storm is over. Now the clean-up begins. The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees fired superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Monday, whose bid to retain her seat by the only means apparently available -- turning the issue into a matter of race and gender -- failed in light of the facts that demonstrated clear examples of misconduct.

 

 

Charles Krauthammer: Pushing the envelope, NSA-style

Posted 6/17/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Mississippi Voices: Kemper plant a prudent investment

Posted 6/17/2013 in Local Columns

Rating agencies and regulators expect utility companies to maintain sound risk management and long-term planning strategies. For this reason, electric utilities value diversity in power generation options.

 

Possumhaw: Up the road to West Point

Posted 6/17/2013 in Local Columns

The invitation came in the mail. West Point's Bryan Public Library was having their luncheon with books. I took the back way, up Old West Point road to Highway 45 Alternate and over to the library.

Birney Imes: Alfred Walker's century plant puts on a show

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

Saturday morning Wendell Rinehart and Alfred Walker were shooting the breeze in the den of Walker's ranch-style home on Martin Luther King Drive. Man cave might be a more apt description of the room, which sports a bar, shag carpet and a large glass table laden with glossy sports magazines. The wall-mounted TV was tuned to an ESPN NFL preview.

 

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